MINIMALLY-INVASIVE BRAIN MACHINE INTERFACE FOR ROBOTIC LIMB CONTROL

Grant number: 1062532 | Funding period: 2014 - 2018

Completed

Abstract

Persons affected by quadriplegia and hemiplegia from stroke and spinal cord injury have few treatment options. Brain Machine Interfaces (BMIs) reconnect brain to a prosthetic limb, bypassing damaged nervous system. Our group has developed a BMI that can be implanted minimally-invasively, inside a blood vessel within the brain. We propose to evaluate this device in animal studies, and continue on to a human clinical trial pilot study. The aim is to restore mechanical control over the physical environment for a paralysed patient.