Neuroprosthetic Interface To Allow Paralyzed Primates Regain Control of Their Limbs

Here is a research study that can lead to lifesaving solutions for people who are paralyzed. EPFL researchers are working on a neuroprosthetic interface that acts as a wireless bridge between the brain and spine, allowing primates with a spinal cord injury to regain control over a paralyzed limb.

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Here is how this works:

The brain-spine interface bridges the spinal cord injury, in real-time and wirelessly. The neuroprosthetic system decodes spiking activity from the brain’s motor cortex and then relays this information to a system of electrodes located over the surface of the lumbar spinal cord, below the injury. Electrical stimulation of a few volts, delivered at precise locations in the spinal cord, modulates distinct networks of neurons that can activate specific muscles in the legs.

A clinical study has already begun to further explore this idea.

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