For the first time, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts…
…thanks to an innovative collaboration between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.
Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb.
Two years ago, Chad Bouton, research leader at Battelle, began collaborating with Ohio State neuroscience researchers and clinicians Dr. Ali Rezai and Dr. Jerry Mysiw to design the clinical trials and validate the feasibility of using the Neurobridge technology in patients. On April 22, 2014, neurosurgeons Dr. Milind Deogaonkar (left) and Dr. Ali Rezai (right), with Bouton (center), implanted a sensor chip smaller than a pea into Burkhart's brain.
Neurobridge technology uses a specialized sleeve on the forearm to communicate with a chip implanted in Burkhart`s brain. The chip processes a patient`s thoughts, then bypasses the spinal cord, sending signals directly to the sleeve to produce movement. Within a tenth of a second, Burkhart’s thoughts are translated into action.
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“I’ve been doing rehabilitation for a lot of years, and this is a tremendous stride forward in what we can offer these people. Now we’re examining human-machine interfaces and interactions, and how that type of technology can help.”
W. Jerry Mysiw, MD, Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation