Brain-Computer Interface Therapy Triggers Some Recovery From Spinal Cord Injury

Scientists and engineers led by Duke University neuroscientist Miguel A. Nicolelis  report that a group of spinal-cord-injury patients who trained to walk using a brain computer interface (BCI) in combination with an Occulus Rift virtual reality device and with a robotic exoskeleton have regained the ability to voluntarily move their leg muscles and to feel touch and pain in their paralyzed limbs.

The study, the results of 12 months of training, is the first long-term BCI experiment to show significant recovery from such severe injuries, the researchers say. The researchers reported their results today in the journal Scientific Reports. 

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