Find out about TED Talks speaker Thomas Oxley


Thomas Oxley


Thomas Oxley is an attending physician in the Neurosurgery department and Director of Innovation Strategy at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City. He is also the Head of the Vascular Bionics Laboratory at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD in Neural Engineering awarded in 2016 and has  published 30 internationally peer-reviewed publications amassing 2747 citations.

His company’s technology, the Stentrode, came into the spotlight following the publication of seminal research in the journal Nature Biotechnology in 2016. This research demonstrated the potential for a neural recording device to be engineered onto a stent and implanted into a blood vessel in the brain, without the need for open brain surgery.

The Stentrode technology, currently under FDA review, is planned for a first in human trial in 2018. Patients with tetraplegia due to spinal cord injury, stroke and ALS will be recruited into a trial of direct brain control over a suite of assistive technologies.



A digital spinal cord that streams your thoughts | Thomas Oxley

In what could be the first direct link between AI and the human brain, interventional neurologist Thomas Oxley reveals the world's first minimally invasive digital spinal cord. He shares...

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