Arm & Shoulder Movement


This program explores the stimulation and control methods needed to restore shoulder, arm and hand function to individuals with high level spinal cord injury (C1-C4).


About This Study

Objective/Specific Aims: The goal of this research is to enable an individual with a high level spinal injury to control the multiple joints of their arm in order to allow activities such as feeding and grooming.

Study Information: This research includes using new types of electrodes, developing a realistic simulation of the human arm and testing a variety of ways to command the system, including muscle signals, brain signals and external sensors. The arm simulator allows for identification of which muscles to use and to test different ways of using the command signals to detect how the individual wants to move their arm. The sensors provide information about the arm’s movement that can be used to position the hand and arm closer to a target item.

Principal Investigators: Robert Kirsch, Ph.D.,
Kevin Kilgore, Ph.D
Clinical Coordinator: Bill Memberg
Contact Number: (216) 957-3606
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