Module One: Basic Aspects of Electrically Activating the Nervous System

This tool is a user’s manual for understanding the basic aspects of electrically activating the nervous system. There is a heavy emphasis on the non-linear properties of voltage gated sodium ion channels because that knowledge will be the gate way to innovating new devices, e.g. electroceuticals, and adding new features to existing devices, e.g. selective activation.

The material is presented by Dr. J. Thomas Mortimer, now Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, and draws on his fifty odd years of experience in teaching, research in the Applied Neural Control Laboratory, and consulting on issues dealing with neural prostheses. The instructional designers whose creative talents were engaged in this project are: Ms. Sue Shick with Case Western Reserve University and Mr. Rob Schulte with Blue Robot.