Neuroscience is at a crossroads. Great effort is being invested into deciphering specific neural interactions and circuits. Brains function at the nanoscale, so tools to study brains must ultimately operate at this scale, as well. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are poised to provide a rich toolkit of novel methods to explore brain function by enabling simultaneous measurement and manipulation of activity of thousands or even millions of neurons. In a newly published article in ACS Nano it is commented that although the scientific tools are not yet available to build a comprehensive map of the brains' activity, recent developments in nanoscale analysis tools and in the design and synthesis of nanomaterials have generated optical, electrical, and chemical methods that can readily be adapted for use in neuroscience. To access the full Nano Focus please click here.
Source: ACS Nano webpage