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Electroceuticals: Mapping of Small Nerve Trunks and Branches Using Adaptive Flexible Electrodes (Adv. Sci. 9/2016)


There has been a lot of recent interest in using electrical impulses to interface with the nervous system to regulate organ functions in the body. In article 1500386, Shih‐Cheng Yen, Chengkuo Lee, and co‐workers demonstrate the ability to selectively stimulate the nerve trunk and, for the first time, record simultaneously the effect on different nerve branches with a range of very small diameters from 200 to 500 μm. This allows the nerve trunk to be mapped with high precision, potentially greatly increasing the efficacy of the stimulation and reducing the incidence of unintended side effects.