Partnering Organizations

The Cleveland FES Center is a consortium of five nationally recognized institutions: Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute. Through the support of these partners, the Cleveland FES Center is able to provide a continuum of advancement. 
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Redefining FES

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is the use of small, artificially generated electrical currents that are safely and selectively applied to the central or peripheral nervous system to replace the actions of neurons that have been damaged by injury or disease. When applied appropriately, FES can “speak the language of the nervous system” and evoke desired actions by both activation and inactivation of various elements of the nervous system (e.g., peripheral nerves, spinal cord, brain). Because virtually all body functions are directly controlled or indirectly influenced by the nervous system, FES is thus a powerful, broadly applicable technique for evoking functional muscle contractions, reducing pain, and restoring balance in autonomic, spinal, and brain circuits. The FES Center is the most comprehensive and cohesive program in the world performing FES investigation that spans from basic to applied, and our investigators work on many different applications.


Research Thrusts

Movement Restoration
Restoring limb and other body movements

Brain Health
Brain stimulation for movement disorders, stroke and traumatic brain injuries, epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders

Pain mitigation through stimulation of peripheral nerves and the spinal cord

Autonomic System
Autonomic nervous system stimulation for restoration and/or regulation of internal body and visceral functions

Tools & Technology
Development of implantable systems and electrodes, modeling & simulation tools and other rehabilitation approaches complementary to FES