|BrainGate Turning Thought into Action|
The potential to restore function after paralysis is only one potential benefit of harnessing the power of intracortical signals. Our research team is also exploring the use of these information-rich neural signals to better understand and treat other neurological disorders and diseases.
- Three million people in the United States and 50 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy. Approximately 30% of epilepsy patients continue to have seizures despite maximal medical management. We hypothesize that the unprecedented level of detail enabled by recording ensembles of single neurons (10s-100s of neurons) not only will allow us to study how seizures start, but will also lead to the generation of warning signals and the creation of next-generation devices that can reduce or stop seizures. We are testing this hypothesis with the help of patients with seizures who are already scheduled for pre-surgical recordings for epilepsy management, and believe this work may lead to a sea change in the way we treat and understand epilepsy.Research supported by: