Peckham, P. Hunter, Ph.D.

Research Statement

Electrical activation of the paralyzed neuromuscular system (functional electrical stimulation-FES) provides a means for restoration of control of the paralyzed extremities. My research involves the development of neuroprostheses that use FES to restore hand/arm control to individuals of cervical level spinal cord injury (quadriplegia). Research activities focus on:

  • FES systems for control of the extremity including acquisition of myoelectric control information, activation and coordination of multiple muscles to produce synthesized movement, and sensory feedback.
  • Implantable FES systems including sensors, telemetry, stimulators and electrodes.
  • Evaluation of neuroprostheses supplying upper extremity function in human subjects.

Professional Affiliations

    • Associate Director of Technology Transfer, Cleveland FES Center
    • Distinguished University Professor; Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Orthopaedics; Founder, Institute for Functional Restoration, School of Medicine; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
    • Co-Director, MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

    Publications (Select)

      • Moss CW, Kilgore KL, Peckham PH. Training to improve volitional muscle activity in clinically paralyzed muscles for neuroprosthesis control. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011;2011:5794-7. PubMed PMID: 22255657.
      • Moss CW, Kilgore KL, Peckham PH. A novel command signal for motor neuroprosthetic control. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2011 Nov-Dec;25(9):847-54. Epub 2011 Jun 21. PubMed PMID: 21693772.
      • Hart RL, Bhadra N, Montague FW, Kilgore KL, Peckham PH. Design and testing of an advanced implantable neuroprosthesis with myoelectric control. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2011 Feb;19(1):45-53. Epub 2010 Sep 27. PubMed PMID: 20876029.
        Kilgore KL, Peckham P, Keith MW. Twenty year experience with implanted neuroprostheses. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009;2009:7212-5. PubMed PMID:  19965280.
      • Wheeler CA, Peckham PH. Wireless wearable controller for upper-limb neuroprosthesis. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2009;46(2):243-56. PubMed PMID: 19533538.
      • Pancrazio JJ, Peckham PH. Neuroprosthetic devices: how far are we from recovering movement in paralyzed patients? Expert Rev Neurother. 2009 Apr;9(4):427-30. PubMed PMID: 19344294; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2685465.

      Research Programs

      • Implantable FES for Control of the Extremities in Spinal Cord Injury, Department of Veterans Affairs
      • Multichannel Implantable System for Neural Control, National Institutes of Health
      • Development of Networked Implantable Neuroprosthesis, National Institutes of Health
      • Biomedical Research and Technology Transfer Partnership Award, Neurostimulation and Neuromodulation Partnership, State of Ohio
      • Restoration of Hand-Arm Function with Neuroprostheses
      • Cleveland Center of Excellence in Functional Electrical Stimulation
      • Implanted Myoelectric Control for Restoration of Hand Function in SCI


      • Restoration of Hand and Arm Function by Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation, National Institutes of Health

      Contact Information

      Contact Name: Laura Polacek
      Contact Number: (216)778-3480
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