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Restoring Multidimensional Coordinated Reaching and Dexterous Grasping to Persons with Chronic Tetraplegia Through Functional Electrical Stimulation

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[Technical Report, Annual Report]

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Case Western Reserve University

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The purpose of the project is to develop an implanted system for restoring movement and sensation to persons with chronic tetraplegia resulting from spinal cord injury. The project aims to combine two technologies Functional Electrical Stimulation FES that reanimates paralyzed limbs using electrical stimulation of the nerves, and Brain-Computer Interfaces BCIs that record electrical activity from the brain and converts the activity to movement command signals for the FES system. In doing so, study participants potentially have the capability of bypassing their spinal injury and can move their limbs simply by thinking about the movements. In the current reporting year, the project has achieved all federal FDA IDE, HRPO and local IRB regulatory approvals necessary, screened a number of participants, begun to plan the necessary surgical interventions, and develop the necessary engineering hardware and software capabilities to achieve the project aims. Despite challenges due to the COVID pandemic in the past year, the project is making steady progress towards achieving the milestones in a timely manner.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Weapons Effects (Biological)

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[A, Approved For Public Release]