Jennifer French: One of the First Bionic Women Shares the Value of the Neurotech Network

Jennifer French from St. Petersburg, Florida, is an incomplete quadriplegic. Thanks to advancements in assistive technology, she can stand, transfer, exercise and live independently. To promote new studies, equipment, treatments  and therapies that can help people with neurological problems easier, she and her husband created the Neurotech Network in 1998. This non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the education of…

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The Jennifer French Story

At the age of 26, Jennifer French’s life changed after suffering injury to her spinal cord in a snowboard accident. 2 years after becoming a quadriplegic, she found help at the Cleveland FES Center where she became part of a neurotechnology study. Watch the video…

Robots, hydroponic plants and other innovations showcased Friday at Case Western Reserve University

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Research ShowCASE 2015, an annual one-day presentation of more than 400 posters, videos, prototypes and live demonstrations, is scheduled for Friday at Case Western Reserve University. Displays in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center showcase innovation and research by faculty, staff and students. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,…

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Paralyzed Again

We have the technology to dramatically increase the independence of people with spinal-cord injuries. The problem is bringing it to market and keeping it there. One night in 1982, John Mumford was working on an avalanche patrol on an icy Colorado mountain pass when the van carrying him and two other men slid off the…

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The Artificial Hand That Feels

Technology reconnects amputees to the world of sensation A team of scientists led by Dustin Tyler from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio is reporting a breakthrough that might soon enhance the lives of amputees around the world. They have developed a system of electrodes and algorithms that has successfully enabled people to ‘feel’ through…

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Brain-Computer Interface Devices to Bring Us into the Future

Addressing regulators, members of industry, and other stakeholders, Jennifer French delivered a powerful message about those requiring brain–computer interface (BCI) devices to treat paralysis and other neurological conditions: “We are not patients; we are consumers, end users.” French, who is quadriplegic, spoke at a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) workshop, held Nov. 21 at…

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