Bioelectronic devices to improve quality of life after SCI

Bioelectronic devices that record and stimulate the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves have potential to dramatically improve function after injury or disease. For example, brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) can extract the intention to move by recording directly from the brain, and use these signals to control Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) of paralyzed muscles. Another promising method for re-animation of paralyzed limbs is intraspinal stimulation, which activates muscles with minimal fatigue and often in functional synergies. Spinal stimulation can also lead to long-term improvements in function after injury. We are working closely with collaborators to develop the next generation of optical and electrical implantable bioelectronics devices to restore function after spinal cord injury.

Chet Moritz Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Physiology, and Biophysics

Chet Moritz
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Physiology, and Biophysics

Chet Moritz received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a post-doc at the University of Colorado. A second post-doc at the University of Washington began his interest in brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetic technology to treat paralysis. He is now an Associate Professor in the departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics. He was recently named an Allen Distinguished Investigator, and serves as the deputy director for the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. His lab focuses on developing technologies to treat paralysis and other impairments due to brain and spinal cord injury.

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4 Responses to Bioelectronic devices to improve quality of life after SCI

  1. So in layman’s terms going way back you’ll be like a $6 million man or the bionic woman? Will you be able to tell the difference between hot & cold temperatures? I’m glad you’re looking this way but I still would prefer stem cells and natural body cure coming from C3 quadriplegic 19 years I still have not given up.

    • christalpowell says:

      I look at all options that are worked on in research and share them on the blog. Since we don’t have anything, it makes no sense to tunnel into a small portion of what is being worked on. We don’t know what pieces or parts will be picked up by investors and brought to the market. We report everything as information is made available. There is NO endorsements or preferences on stem cells, bionics, medications, rehabilitation, genetics, etc…The blog is a clearinghouse of ALL information available about SCI.

      • Brett Andrews says:

        I really appreciate all of the time and effort that goes into your blog! I look forward to every new post, and further educating myself on a rapidly changing field of science; and all of the hope that is brought with it. Please keep up the excellent work, it isn’t going unnoticed !

  2. Joe Monte says:

    I will be more than happy if they can help restore bowel and bladder. It would be a plus if they could fire up some lower motor neurons too!. Wish them the very Best.

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