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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FES Center is Recognized as the Most Valuable Non-Profit in the Field of Neuromodulation Research

Cleveland, OH – October 24, 2014 The Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center is recognized as the Most Valuable Non-Profit in the field of Neuromodulation Research. Neurotech Reports, the publisher of the Neurotech Business Report newsletter, announced the winners of the 2014 Gold Electrode Awards at the 2014 Neurotech Leaders Forum on October 20 in…

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Engineering a Movement to Manage Paralysis Healthcare

The intersection of engineering and medicine is a sweet spot called neuromodulation, which involves electronic implants that can restore movement and body functions. In the center of this research—and particularly in the field of functional electrical stimulation (FES)—is Hunter Peckham, Ph.D., an FES pioneer who recognized a need for engineering in medicine, and developing devices…

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