Naweed I. Syed is a Pakistani-born Canadian neuro-scientist. He is the first scientist to connect brain cells to a silicon chip, creating the world’s first neurochip.
Dr. Syed has travelled worldwide giving lectures and presenting presentations about the human mind and his mini-chip. Dr. Naweed Syed is a Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He also served for 10 years as the Department Head Anatomy and Cell Biology, Research Director HBI at the CSM and also the Postdoctoral Program Director – Office of the Vice President (Research) from 2012 – 2016. Dr. Syed has served and chaired almost all of the University’s senior committees and was Special Advisor to Vice President Research for several years.
Dr. Syed’s research is focused at cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying brain development and plasticity. Specifically, he studies how networks of brain cells assemble during development and modified throughout life to form the basis for learning and memory. He also investigates how various anesthetic agents affect communications between brain cells and induce cytotoxicity.
After two decades of painstaking design, experiments, redesign and observations, Dr. Naweed’s two-way brain-chip is almost ready for human trials. At first, the bionic chip will be used to manage patients suffering from epilepsy – especially those who do not respond to any drugs present on our shelves.
Dr. Naweed Syed has written more than 130 highly cited research papers published in Nature (journal), Science (journal), Neuron (journal) and other prestigious journals and produced several dozen inventions and innovations.