Northwestern Medicine scientists decoded a brain machine interface to help people with severe paralysis activate grasp kinetics
As owner of Athletico Physical Therapy, alumnus Mark Kaufman’s hands–or those of the company’s 450 therapists–touch tens of thousands of athletes, accountants, administrators and artists every year.
Developed by Gregory Dumanian, MD, and Todd A Kuiken, MD, PhD, targeted muscle reinnervation enables an amputee to control motorized prosthetic devices and regain sensory feedback. New research also shows that it reduces neuroma pain from cut nerve endings.
Acclaimed physiologist and expert in the biomechanics of skeletal muscle will arrive at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine later this year.
Lauren Smith, a sixth-year MD/PhD student, is the recipient of a Presidential Fellowship, the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students at Northwestern. Her research focuses on improving the control of myoelectric upper limb prostheses. She works in the labs of Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, and Levi Hargrove, PhD.
Yeongchi Wu, MD, has spent more than a decade perfecting a sustainable and cost-effective manner to create prosthetics and orthotics in the developing world.
Adenike Adewuyi, a third-year MD/PhD student, uses computational models to improve control of artificial limbs of partial hand amputees.