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Brain-on-chip Research Mimics Brain Function

With hundreds of billions of neurons and thousands of trillions of synaptic connections between them, the human brain is considered the most complex system on earth. This complexity makes studying the brain an almost overwhelming challenge with nearly infinite research options.

To systematize research components into elements that can be understood on their own or in conjunction with one another, Hansang Cho, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and his research team have developed innovative brain-on-chip devices and monitoring nanotechnologies. Brain-on-chip essentially means micro-scaled platforms that mimic brain functions and allow for unobstructed observations on small, controllable devices. As a mechanical engineer, Cho has expertise in building such devices that has led to in-depth research and achieved high-impact international publication about three types of brain chips covering most of brain activities.

Cho’s research group is part of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science at UNC Charlotte. His work is currently funded by the Cure Alzheimer Fund and the Charlotte Research Institute. The research team includes five undergraduate students, one graduate student, two post-doctoral fellows and one visiting professor.

School Supplies Drive Runs through August 26

UNC Charlotte is joining University City Connect for a school supplies donation drive to benefit the institutions that comprise Governor’s Village.

From Tuesday, Aug. 9, through Friday, Aug. 26, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to donate school items for students in the four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) that make up Governor’s Village: Morehead STEM Academy, Alexander Elementary, Martin Middle and Vance High. These schools are located less than five miles from the University.

Collection bins will be in Auxiliary Services Building, Barnhardt Student Activity Center, Cato Hall, EPIC, Facilities Management Building, Foundation Building, Reese Building and Woodward Hall. Requested items include pencils, pens, erasers, ruled (loose-leaf) paper and pocket folders; however, all school supplies are welcomed.