After a freak accident left Ian Burkhart paralyzed, Ohio State and Battelle asked him for his best remaining asset—his brain. Three years later, he’s given more than they imagined possible.
Inside one of those cookie-cutter hotel conference rooms, a serious man with a heavy Swiss accent discusses the prospective benefits of cogno-ceuticals—a virtual reality treatment for neurological pain. It might sound like futuristic technobabble if not for all the equally serious experts in the audience. It’s midafternoon on April 28, and scores of neurologists, psychiatrists, engineers, computer scientists, academics and entrepreneurs have overtaken the lower level of the Hilton Columbus Downtown for the second annual Brain Health and Performance Summit. This afternoon’s breakout sessions have catchy names like “Noninvasive Monitoring of Intracranial Hemorrhage” and “Neuroprosthetics-enabled Cortical Control of a Paralyzed Hand.”
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