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ELAINE - ELectrically Active ImplaNts (Collaborative Research Centre 1270)


Project B03: Energy-autonomous platform for electrical stimulation implants

Work programme

This project provides a highly integrated, ultra-low-power electronic system to be used in novel electrically active implants, as proposed in this CRC. The research is oriented towards a predominantly digital, intelligent platform. We propose a modular Software Defined Implant Platform that allows for software based, patient-specific and closed-loop electrical stimulation, configuration for different types of implants and management of multiple sources of energy. Sub-cutaneous thermoelectric energy harvesting will be explored in order to make it available for the implants in this CRC. The platform enables remote configuration and monitoring of the implant's operational parameters as well as monitoring of the patient's biological status.

Abstract ELAINE

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Project period

01.07.2017 - 30.6.2021

Research grant

This project has received funding from the DFG (SFB 1270).

Project leader

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Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Dirk Timmermann

Tel.: +49 381 498 7250
Raum: W1205

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Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Dennis Hohlfeld

Tel.: +49 381 498 7205
Institut für Gerätesysteme und Schaltungstechnik


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Franz Plocksties
Tel.: +49 381 498 7287
Raum: W1338

Stefanie Kreß

Tel.: +49 381 498 7242
Institut für Gerätesysteme und Schaltungstechnik

Jakob Heller
Tel.: +49 381 498 7290
Raum: W1339

Munawar Ali

Tel.: +49 381 498 7257
Raum: W1217

Obaid Ullah Shah
Tel.: +49 381 498 7257
Raum: W1217


Christoph Niemann, Jakob Heller, Franz Plocksties, Enkhtuvshin Janchivnyambuu, Dirk Timmermann:
Reliability Enhancement of Signal Processing Hardware Accelerators for Closed Loop Deep Brain Stimulation
Workshop des Arbeitskreises „Zuverlässigkeit von Implantaten und Biostrukturen“ des Deutschen Verbandes für Materialforschung und -prüfung (DVM), Rostock,  Deutschland, November 2019

Monique Zwar, Denise Franz, Marco Rohde, Valentin Neubert, Maria Paap, Stefanie Perl, Christoph Niemann, Franz Plocksties, Dirk Timmermann, Angelika Richter, Rüdiger Köhling:
Modulation of cortico-striatal GABAergic inhibition by short-term deep brain stimulation in a phenotypic animal model of dystonia
98th Meeting of the German Physiological Society, DOI:10.1111/apha.13385, Ulm, Deutschland, September 2019

Christoph Niemann, Franz Plocksties, Jakob Heller, Dirk Timmermann:
Towards an energy autonomous platform for electrically active implants
Invited Session on 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Berlin, Deutschland, Juli 2019