Research: Brain-computer interfaces and other cool developments



You can watch the SCI Forum presentation “Developing Neuroprosthetic Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury.”   It took place on February 8, 2011 at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Chet Moritz, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, conducts research in brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetic technology. The goal of his research is to develop systems that can bypass damaged areas of the spinal cord and restore voluntary control of movement to paralyzed muscles. In this presentation, Dr. Moritz summarizes the state of the art in this field and describes his study using brain activity to control Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to stimulate the muscles of a paralyzed wrist. In addition to direct muscle stimulation, another promising approach is intraspinal stimulation. This technique was nearing its first clinical trial at the time of this talk. Dr. Moritz explains intraspinal stimulation and his work generating movements of the hand and arm.

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