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October 24, 2018

Awakening Paralyzed Limbs with a Brain Machine Interface

Lee E. Miller, Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience
Feinberg College of Medicine
Northwestern University 
and President of the Society for the
Neural Control of Movement

WEDNESDAY,  October 24, 2018
6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill, 2nd Floor
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

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Spinal cord injury is devastating, and there is currently no real treatment. Ultimately, we’d want to regrow the spinal cord, but in the meantime, it is now possible to literally reconnect the brain and muscles electronically. Professor Miller will describe experiments in which his lab is set up to eavesdrop directly on signals in a monkey’s brain, translate them into appropriate control signals, and send them to an electrical stimulator that causes muscles to contract, thereby allowing voluntary control of paralyzed muscles. This “Brain Machine Interface” could be used to restore movement to patients with spinal cord injury.