Sheila Nirenberg

Can we speak the language of the brain?

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About Sheila Nirenberg

Sheila Nirenberg is a professor of neuroscience at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the founder of two start-up companies – Bionic Sight LLC, which develops new visual prostheses, and Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC, which develops new kinds of smart robots. Her lab at the university focuses on the basic science of visual processing, and her companies take what’s learned in the lab and use it to develop solutions to real world problems. She’s won numerous awards for innovative research, including a MacArthur Genius Award. Her work on cracking the neural code of the retina has been featured in a TED talk, a BBC documentary, a PBS documentary, the Discovery Channel, Scientific American, and many others. 

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Decoding sight: Neuroscientist Nirenberg is developing a non-surgical and vastly improved artificial retina strategy that deciphers neural cell codes, potentially reversing some types of blindness.

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