The goal of our research is to develop an advanced artificial retina: an electronic implant that will restore vision to people blinded by incurable retinal disease. We focus on an innovative combination of basic and applied research to create a unique device capable of closely mimicking normal retinal function. In contrast to the approaches taken by other groups, we aim to reproduce the precise retinal code at a cellular resolution with cell-type specificity, resulting in high-fidelity artificial vision.
To accomplish this goal, the Stanford Artificial Retina Project combines expertise in neurophysiology, electrical engineering, materials science, retinal surgery, visual behavior, and computational neuroscience. This collaboration is funded in part by the Stanford Neurotechnology Initiative.