Restoring Movement and Tactile Sensation Through a Bidirectional Neural Bypass

11/03/2020 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Mishka Colombo

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Restoring Movement and Tactile Sensation Through a Bidirectional Neural Bypass

Professor Chad Bouton is Vice President of Advanced Engineering and Director of the Neural Bypass and Brain-Computer Interface Laboratory in The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell Health (New York). Prof. Bouton formerly served as research leader at Battelle Memorial Institute—the world’s largest independent research and development organization—where he spent nearly 20 years researching and developing biomedical technology. At the Feinstein Institutes, he is performing groundbreaking research in neuroprosthetics to treat paralysis and is developing neurotechnologies to within the field of bioelectronic medicine. Prof. Bouton pioneered work allowing a paralyzed person regain volitional movement using a brain implant. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, BBC, and many more. He holds over 70 patents worldwide and his technologies have been awarded three R&D 100 Awards and has been recognized by the US Congress. Prof. Bouton has commercialized multiple disruptive technologies in the medical device field. He has also been named Inventor of the Year and Distinguished Inventor by Battelle, Innovator of the Year in New York (2017), and was selected by the National Academy of Engineering in 2011 as one of the top 100 young engineering innovators in the world.


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Restoring Movement and Tactile Sensation Through a Bidirectional Neural Bypass


Over 5 million people are living with paralysis in the United States, many of which have experienced loss of sensation as well. In recent years, our focus has been on the simultaneous restoration of movement and sensation through the use of bidirectional neural bypass strategies. Using brain-computer interface approaches and machine learning to decode neural activity patterns recorded from motor cortex enables movement restoration and informs stimulation strategies for sensory restoration. In a first-in-human clinical study, we showed real-time cortical control of paralyzed limbs is possible and more recently we’ve collected new data suggesting focal tactile percepts can be generated using electrical stimulation of sulcal targets in the brain. In this presentation we will share past and current findings in this growing field.




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