Institute of Neuroscience

Neuromotor prosthesis

Neuromotor prosthesis

We are developing techniques and technologies to bypass damaged motor pathways using electronic neural implants. The goal is to restore voluntary arm and hand movements to patients suffering from stroke or spinal cord injury.

We are investigating upper-limb movements elicited by electrical stimulation of spinal motor circuits.

We find that closed-loop cortical control of spinal cord stimulation can restore simple grasping function after the hand has been paralysed by reversible inactivation of primary motor cortex. Finally we are developing techniques to implement such artificial connections from the brain to the spinal cord in low-power, implantable electronic devices, exploiting the low sampling rates and greater long-term stability afforded by cortical local field potentials.

Newcastle University staff and students linked to the project:

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