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Rehabilitation through the possibilities of neuroscience. Potential invasive neural interfaces

Video 18.09.2015 at 16:51


On 14 September in a co-working center of the Agency for strategic initiatives (ASI) "boiling Point" was held the lecture of Professor of neurological surgery and biomedical engineering from the University of southern California Charles Liu on the topic: "Rehabilitation through the possibilities of neuroscience. Potential invasive neural interfaces". Charles Liu told the audience about the complex experiment to implant in the human brain device to control the robotic arm. The revolutionary component and the secret of the success of scientists from the University of southern California is that in the previous experiments, the device was implanted in the motor cortex. Implantation in this area allowed to make only intermittent motion and created great difficulties for management. Patients had to consistently represent the smallest operations: raise your hand, stretching forward, fingers to unclench, clench your fingers, etc. Artificial arm reacted very late. The team of Professor Liu has placed the implant in the posterior part of the parietal cortex, which is responsible for the realization of the intentions associated with the movement - a kind of "command center" of the brain. For a long time they watched the activity of this "command center" and created the program, guessing the thoughts of man. Now the patient only think what he wants to do, and cyber arm performs his desire. Now the prosthesis allows you to lift, move objects, shake hands and perform a number of other complex actions. In conclusion, Charles Liu outlined a number of issues, which today rests the technological revolution in the field of neuroscience and the development of the industry invasive neural interfaces: how big is the market, how scalable is the technology, which services may occur at its base.