Experts in muscle stimulation technology and brain-computer interfaces working to restore movement for people with paralysis
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and its primary affiliate University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center will begin testing the first of two technologies they plan to combine in a new effort to enable people with paralysis to regain some control of their arms and hands.
The physicians and scientists are now enrolling participants in the first part of this effort, a pilot clinical trial to assess the safety and feasibility of recording brain activity for control of assistive devices. The brain activity is recorded as the participants imagine using their arms and hands.
Long-term, the goal is to bypass severed connections between the brain and the paralyzed muscles by using the participants’ own brain signals as commands directing electrical impulses to their muscles and generating movement. To do this, the investigational brain recording technology studied in this trial will be combined with CWRU’s long-standing expertise in restoring movement to paralyzed individuals using electrical stimulation.