Brain Implant Allows Man to Feel Touch on Robotic Hand

by Andrew Silver – October 13, 2016

Brain Implant Allows Man to Feel Touch on Robotic Hand

At the end of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker feels when a needle pricks his newly-installed bionic hand. Researchers report today in the journal Science Translational Medicine that they can do something similar: stimulating regions of a human test subject’s brain with electrodes can recreate the perception of touch in a robotic hand.

Read More – IEEE Spectrum

Brain’s Support Cells Could Explain Mysterious “Spreading Pain”

by Diana Kwon – November 11, 2016

In people who suffer from pain disorders, painful feelings can severely worsen and spread to other regions of the body. Patients who develop chronic pain after surgery, for example, will often feel it coming from the area surrounding the initial injury and even in some parts of the body far from where it originates. New evidence suggests glia, non-neuronal cells in the brain, may be the culprits behind this effect.

Read More – Scientific American

Wyss Center for Neurotech Challenge

Deadline: 1 February 2017

Wyss Center for Neurotech Challenge

Can you connect the human brain to the digital world for human benefit? Enter the Wyss Center Neurotech Challenge for the chance to win the support and resources to realize your neurotechnology vision. Scientists and engineers from academia, research institutes, companies and individual investigators are invited to come up with a genuinely novel concept in the area of neural interface technology to help connect the human brain with the digital world for measurable human benefit. Deadline for entries is 1 February 2017.

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