Developing neuroprosthetic treatments for spinal cord injury.

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Developing neuroprosthetic treatments for spinal cord injury.

Abstract: This webcast describes a study in which brain activity is used to stimulate the muscles of a paralyzed wrist. Control signals recorded from the brain trigger functional electrical stimulation (FES), stimulate paralyzed muscles, and restore functional tasks or activities of daily living to people living with paralysis. In addition to direct muscle stimulation, intra-spinal micro-stimulation is another promising technique used to control FES. Intra-spinal micro-stimulation, nearing its first human clinical trial, can provide several advantages that might make it one of the best opportunities for recording from the brain and delivering stimulation. Since the procedure stimulates within the spinal cord, it is much less likely to fatigue muscle, and single electrodes placed in the spinal cord can activate many muscles and often muscles in functional patterns. Presentation time: 1 hour 6 minutes.
Descriptor Terms: AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS, BRAIN, DAILY LIVING, ELECTRICAL STIMULATION, ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, MUSCULAR IMPAIRMENTS, PARALYSIS, QUALITY OF LIFE, RESEARCH, SPINAL CORD INJURIES, TREATMENT.

NARIC Accession Number: O18268.  What's this?
Author(s): Moritz, Chet.
Project Number: H133N060033.
Publication Year: 2011.