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ED BODEN, 2004 scholarship recipient, led the MIT team of researchers that developed the first light-sensitive molecule that enables neurons to be silenced noninvasively, using a light source outside the skull. 

This noninvasive approach could pave the way to using optogenetics (the use of light-sensitive proteins to suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells) in human patients to treat conditions such as epilepsy and eye conditions.

Ed Boyden, is an associate professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences at MIT.

Read the OnMedica article, June 30, 2014