Research Highlights

A multifunctional tool for cognitive neuroscience

A team of researchers at MIT’s McGovern and Picower Institutes has advanced the clinical potential of a thin, flexible fiber designed to simultaneously monitor and manipulate neural activity at targeted sites in the brain.

Soft optical fibers block pain while moving and stretching with the body

The fibers could help with testing treatments for nerve-related pain.

Magnetic robots walk, crawl, and swim

New soft-bodied robots that can be controlled by a simple magnetic field are well suited to work in confined spaces.

Unraveling connections between the brain and gut

MIT engineers’ new technology can probe the neural circuits that influence hunger, mood, and a variety of diseases.

Controlling drug activity with light

Miniaturized device activates drugs in a small region deep within the brain.

Mechanical Way to Stimulate Neurons

Magnetic nanodiscs can be activated by an external magnetic field, providing a research tool for studying neural responses.

Gaseous Messenger Molecule

Method could shed light on nitric oxide’s role in the neural, circulatory, and immune systems.

Hormone Release

Researchers achieve remote control of hormone release

Artificial Muscles

Artificial “muscles” achieve powerful pulling force