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BrainGate: Turning Thought Into Action

Bill Kochevar, who was paralyzed below his shoulders in a bicycling accident, is believed to be the first person with quadriplegia in the world to have arm and hand movements restored with the help of two temporarily implanted technologies. A brain-computer interface with recording electrodes under his skull, and a functional electrical stimulation (FES) system* activating his arm and hand, reconnect his brain to paralyzed muscles.

Kochevar is the focal point of research led by Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UH).

BrainGate in the News

BBC: A paralysed man has been able to feed himself by using his thoughts. Read More...
NPR: Man has regained the use of his arm and hand. Read More...
CBS NEWS: For the first time, a paralyzed man has regained functional arm movement. Read More...
TIME HEALTH: Not long ago, Bill Kochevar ate some mashed potatoes. Read More...
CNBC: A man paralyzed from the shoulders down was able to move enough to eat and drink. Read More...
THE WASHINGTON POST: Bill Kochevar didn’t feed himself for more than eight years. Read More...
THE HUFFINGTON POST: A man in America is the first quadriplegic in the world to have his arm and hand movements restored. Read More...
TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS: Bill Kochevar grabbed a mug of water, drew it to his lips and drank through the straw. Read More...
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: To reverse paralysis, scientists wired a man’s brain to his muscles using electronics. Read More...

NASDAQ: Brain implant lets paralyzed man feed himself using his thoughts. Read More...
THE ECONOMIST: Analysing brain signals to let a patient control his arm. Read More...
R&D;: Quadriplegic Man Employs Injury Bridging Technologies to Move Again Just by Thinking. Read More...
TIMES DAILY: A paralyzed man was able to feed himself for the first time in eight years. Read More...
STAT: Brain and arm implants help paralyzed US man feed himself. Read More...
REUTERS: The team at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation. Read More...
NEWSWEEK: A man paralyzed from the shoulders down has been able to feed himself. Read More...
ABC NEWS: After years of paralysis, a man was able to pick up a cup of coffee and take a sip. Read More...
THE GUARDIAN: Paralysed man moves arm using power of thought in world first. Read More...
E&T;: The device is capable of reading his thoughts and sending signals. Read More...

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Thursday, December 5 |  3:00 pm

Wolstein Research Building, Room 1413

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Marom Bikson, PhD
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The City College of New York

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What is FES?

Neuromodulation, or Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) restores or blocks damaged nerve activity. Watch the animation to learn more.