Implant for Paralysis
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) severely impact motor functions, often leading to secondary health issues, and recovery remains a challenging medical issue. Intraspinal microstimulation (ISMS) has shown promise in restoring functional walking, with successful non-human trials indicating potential clinical application in humans. The current ISMS technology relies on microwires connected to an implantable pulse generator, posing risks of complications such as tethering and cerebrospinal fluid leakage. To address this, Implant for Paralysis are developing a novel interface using the Wireless Floating Microelectrode Array (WFMA), which has demonstrated stability as a brain interface in clinical trials. This innovation aims to provide a stable spinal interface, setting a new standard for SCI treatment and showing potential applications for chronic pain management.
I am a biomedical engineering PhD candidate at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Over the past five years, I have worked on designing and testing a novel wireless neural interface to restore motor function in people with complete spinal cord injury. Our team has managed to perform some preliminary animal work during which we have investigated the feasibility of the system. So far, we have established the clinical stability of the system in short-term animal experiments. We are currently planning on investigating the long-term stability in preparation for clinical testing in humans. moreLinkedIn
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