September 05, 2007

NIH funds joint development of neurotechnology

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Think about picking up your first cup of coffee in the morning; what follows is natural to you and me. For individuals who have experienced paralysis due to disease or injury, this simple pleasure can present an insurmountable challenge.

The Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center (FES) at Case Western Reserve University will partner with Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. and Brown University to develop an implantable micro-system neural interface. The project funding is a five-year, $6.5 million grant awarded from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

"Development of a wireless interface between the brain stimulation and recording system to a 'networked neuroprosthesis system' (NNP) by this academic/industry team represents the logical way to move cortical control of various body functions into human application as quickly as possible," said P. Hunter Peckham, executive director of the Cleveland FES Center and the Donnell Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve.

"The NNP system, our next generation neuroprosthesis platform, will be used for a wide varied of applications, such as restoration of function, pain and spasticity suppression and sleep apnea."

"The Cleveland FES Center is a consortium in Functional Electrical Stimulation technology including the: Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC, Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth Medical Center."

About the Cleveland FES Center

The Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center, a consortium of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Case Western Reserve University, and MetroHealth Medical Center, provides innovative options for restoring neurological health and function by developing advanced technologies and integrating them into clinical care. The Center's focus is to improve people's lives by supporting fundamental research in the neuro-muscular sciences, developing new technologies and methods, performing clinical evaluation and feasibility testing, and promoting the wide-spread deployment of new technologies through professional education and commercial partnerships.

About Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc.

Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Inc., a leader in the neurotechnology industry, is developing neural stimulation, sensing and processing technology to improve the lives of those with severe paralysis resulting from spinal cord injuries, neurological disorders and other conditions of the nervous system. Cyberkinetics' product development pipeline includes: Andara™ OFS™ Therapy for acute spinal cord injury, an investigative device designed to stimulate nerve repair and restore sensation and motor function; the BrainGate System, an investigative device designed to provide communication and control of a computer, assistive devices, and, ultimately, limb movement; and a pilot program in the detection and prediction of seizures due to Epilepsy.

About Brown University

Brown University is an internationally known Ivy League institution with a distinctive undergraduate academic curriculum, outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art research facilities, and a tradition of innovative and rigorous multidisciplinary study. Brown offers nearly 100 programs of study to its approximately 7,190 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students and has a firm commitment to academic excellence and diversity in its student population. The University adheres to a collaborative university-college model in which faculty are as committed to teaching as they are to research, embracing a curriculum that requires students to be architects of their education. In 2004, Brown publicly launched its Plan for Academic Enrichment, which is designed to support faculty research and significantly increase the number of faculty, add more courses and research opportunities for undergraduates, improve support for graduate and medical education, and invest in libraries, information technology and new academic space.

For more information, contact Mary Buckett at 216.368.0224 or Laura M. Massie at 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Marsha Bragg, September 5, 2007 09:04 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, Collaborations/Partnerships, Collaborations/Partnerships, Collaborations/Partnerships, Collaborations/Partnerships, Collaborations/Partnerships, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, Research, School of Medicine

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