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Getting wired: restoring movement and sensation through a brain-computer interface

  • Baderbrau 2515 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL, 60616 United States (map)
 Sliman Bensmaia is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago.

Sliman Bensmaia is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago.

Sliman Bensmaia, PhD
University of Chicago
@slimanjbensmaia

Biological and bionic hands: Natural neural coding and artificial perception
Our ability to manipulate objects dexterously relies fundamentally on sensory signals originating from the hand. To restore motor function with upper-limb neuroprostheses requires that somatosensory feedback be provided to the tetraplegic patient or amputee. To this end, we develop approaches to intuitively convey sensory information that is critical for object manipulation through electrical stimulation of the sensory areas of the brain.


 Lee E. Miller is a Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience at Northwestern University and president of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement

Lee E. Miller is a Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience at Northwestern University and president of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement

Lee Miller, PhD
Northwestern University
@PresNCM

We zap the body electric: Restoring movement following paralysis with brain-controlled functional electrical stimulation
Spinal cord injury is devastating, and there is currently no real treatment. Ultimately we’d want to regrow the spinal cord, but in the meantime, it is now possible to literally reconnect the brain and muscles electronically. I will describe experiments in which we eavesdrop directly on signals in a monkey’s brain, translate them into appropriate control signals, and send them to an electrical stimulator that causes muscles to contract, thereby allowing voluntary control of paralyzed muscles.

 


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