Brain Computer Interface (BCI) neuroprosthetics show promise for improving paralyzed patients’ functional independence by enabling thought-control of robotic arms or evoking movements in the patients’ own limbs.
Battelle hosted a mini symposium on this topic during the 40th International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.
The mini symposium – Technologies to Bypass Nervous System Injuries: The Path from Clinic to In-Home Use – was held on July 18 and was chaired by Battelle Senior Research Scientist Gaurav Sharma. Gaurav is the principal investigator on the Battelle NeuroLife® Neural Bypass Technology program.
Leading researchers in this field who participated in the symposium include:
- Ian Burkhart, the first participant in the clinical study being conducted by Battelle and the Ohio State University, working on a neural bypass system for those with spinal cord injuries (SCIs), for the last four years.
- Marcie Bockbrader, Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
- Jennifer Collinger, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Bolu Ajiboye, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
- David Friedenberg, Principal Research Statistician in the Health and Advanced Analytics group at Battelle.
- Doug Weber, Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh
The mini-symposium was well attended. It was a one-of-a-kind forum where technology developers and the user shared the stage and discussed device development from the user’s perspective. Topics discussed included user needs, current state-of-the-art of neuroprosthetics devices, barriers to clinical translational and the future roadmap. It was an interactive session with enthusiastic participation from the audience and an appreciation for the theme of the symposium that highlighted the role of users as research partners.