Investigating the hypocretin to VTA circuit in memory consolidation during sleep

Stanford University
RFA-MH-17-250
2018
1F32MH115431-01
Borniger, Jeremy

Brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetics have provided a significant benefit to patients with cervical spinal cord injuries. However, current technology is limited in its abilities to allow the user to control how much force is exerted by the prosthesis and to provide sensory feedback from the prosthetic hand. In a public-private collaboration with Blackrock Microsystems, Dr. Boninger and colleagues are looking to improve the dexterity of neuroprostheses by incorporating microstimulation of the somatosensory cortex. This stimulation could provide tactile feedback to the user and hopefully allow the user to better control the force applied. Ultimately, this approach will improve the dexterity and control of prosthetic limbs used by patients with spinal cord injuries.

Stanford University
United States
37° 25' 38.91" N, 122° 10' 10.9884" W
US
9453934
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