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“Neurobridge” Breakthrough: Man Moves Paralyzed Hand With His Own Thoughts
Added Jun 26, 2014 | Rate View top rated
Twenty-three-year-old Ian Burkhart has become the first patient ever to move his paralyzed hand by using his thoughts. In a laboratory at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Ian looked closely at his hand, squinted with concentration - and made a fist. The breakthrough was made possible by a cutting-edge technology called Neurobridge developed by researchers at Battelle, working with doctors at Ohio State. "We implanted a microchip sensor in Ian's brain that will essentially read his thoughts and send signals to a wearable high-tech sleeve placed on his forearm to control his muscle movements," said neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Rezai of Ohio State. The special software that interprets brain signals and sleeve, developed by Chad Bouton and his team at Battelle, helps create a bypass for Ian's spinal cord. "Once Ian thinks about moving his hand, his thoughts are processed and sent through wires connected to the sleeve and Ian's muscles, which allows him to once again move his hand and fingers," Bouton said.
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