Neural commands are rerouted successfully in damaged spines

UW scientists use chip, stimulus to reconnect rats' brains and limbs

IEEE Spectrum  |  Updated 10:00 AM, 09.16.2015

Posted in: Research

  • For someone with a spinal cord injury, the brain's commands cannot travel along nerves to a limb to, for instance, pick up a cup. ThinkStock
Precisely controlled electrical stimulus can help the nervous system circumvent areas damaged in a spinal cord injury, and allow brain commands to reach limbs, according to a study by UW Medicine researchers.  

The study, published today in PNAS, was conducted by Steve Perlmutter, UW research associate professor of physiology and biophysics, and colleagues. Their reseach involved a neurochip that recorded electrical signals from muscles and triggered stimulating pulses along the spine.

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