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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701540/a-novel-paraplegia-model-in-awake-behaving-macaques
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Max Ostrinsky Krucoff, Katie Zhuang, David B Macleod, Allen Yin, Yoon Woo Byun, Roberto Jose Manson, Dennis A Turner, Laura Oliveira, Mikhail A Lebedev
Lower limb paralysis from spinal cord injury (SCI) or neurological disease carries a poor prognosis for recovery and remains a large societal burden. Neurophysiological and neuroprosthetic research have the potential to improve quality of life for these patients; however, the lack of an ethical and sustainable non-human primate model for paraplegia hinders their advancement. Therefore, our multi-disciplinary team developed a way to induce temporary paralysis in awake behaving macaques by creating a fully implantable lumbar epidural catheter-subcutaneous port system that enables easy and reliable targeted drug delivery for sensorimotor blockade...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692062/neural-reactivations-during-sleep-determine-network-credit-assignment
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Tanuj Gulati, Ling Guo, Dhakshin S Ramanathan, Anitha Bodepudi, Karunesh Ganguly
A fundamental goal of motor learning is to establish the neural patterns that produce a desired behavioral outcome. It remains unclear how and when the nervous system solves this 'credit assignment' problem. Using neuroprosthetic learning, in which we could control the causal relationship between neurons and behavior, we found that sleep-dependent processing was required for credit assignment and the establishment of task-related functional connectivity reflecting the casual neuron-behavior relationship. Notably, we observed a strong link between the microstructure of sleep reactivations and credit assignment, with downscaling of non-causal activity...
July 10, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680906/neurofeedback-based-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-upregulates-motor-cortex-activity-in-imagined-motor-tasks
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Pawan Lapborisuth, Xian Zhang, Adam Noah, Joy Hirsch
Neurofeedback is a method for using neural activity displayed on a computer to regulate one's own brain function and has been shown to be a promising technique for training individuals to interact with brain-machine interface applications such as neuroprosthetic limbs. The goal of this study was to develop a user-friendly functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS)-based neurofeedback system to upregulate neural activity associated with motor imagery, which is frequently used in neuroprosthetic applications...
April 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669297/establishing-reconstructive-neurosurgery-as-a-subspecialty
#4
Justin M Brown, Mark A Mahan, Ross Mandeville, Bob S Carter
Neurosurgery is experiencing the emergence of a new subspecialty focused on function restoration. New, evolving, and reappraised surgical procedures have provided an opportunity to restore function to many patients with previously undertreated disorders. Candidates for reconstruction were previously limited to those with peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injuries, but this has been expanded to include stroke, spinal cord injury, and a host of other paralyzing disorders affecting both upper and lower motor neurons...
July 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663460/help-hope-and-hype-ethical-dimensions-of-neuroprosthetics
#5
Jens Clausen, Eberhard Fetz, John Donoghue, Junichi Ushiba, Ulrike Spörhase, Jennifer Chandler, Niels Birbaumer, Surjo R Soekadar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 30, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614985/stimulation-of-abdominal-and-upper-thoracic-muscles-with-surface-electrodes-for-respiration-and-cough-acute-studies-in-adult-canines
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James S Walter, Joseph Posluszny, Raymond Dieter, Robert S Dieter, Scott Sayers, Kiratipath Iamsakul, Christine Staunton, Donald Thomas, Mark Rabbat, Sanjay Singh
OBJECTIVE: To optimize maximal respiratory responses with surface stimulation over abdominal and upper thorax muscles and using a 12-Channel Neuroprosthetic Platform. METHODS: Following instrumentation, six anesthetized adult canines were hyperventilated sufficiently to produce respiratory apnea. Six abdominal tests optimized electrode arrangements and stimulation parameters using bipolar sets of 4.5 cm square electrodes. Tests in the upper thorax optimized electrode locations, and forelimb moment was limited to slight-to-moderate...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575309/nonhuman-primate-studies-to-advance-vision-science-and-prevent-blindness
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Michael J Mustari
Most primate behavior is dependent on high acuity vision. Optimal visual performance in primates depends heavily upon frontally placed eyes, retinal specializations, and binocular vision. To see an object clearly its image must be placed on or near the fovea of each eye. The oculomotor system is responsible for maintaining precise eye alignment during fixation and generating eye movements to track moving targets. The visual system of nonhuman primates has a similar anatomical organization and functional capability to that of humans...
May 31, 2017: ILAR Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573983/neuromorphic-neural-interfaces-from-neurophysiological-inspiration-to-biohybrid-coupling-with-nervous-systems
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Frédéric D Broccard, Siddharth Joshi, Jun Wang, Gert Cauwenberghs
OBJECTIVE: Computation in nervous systems operates with different computational primitives, and on different hardware, than traditional digital computation and is thus subjected to different constraints from its digital counterpart regarding the use of physical resources such as time, space and energy. In an effort to better understand neural computation on a physical medium with similar spatiotemporal and energetic constraints, the field of neuromorphic engineering aims to design and implement electronic systems that emulate in very large-scale integration (VLSI) hardware the organization and functions of neural systems at multiple levels of biological organization, from individual neurons up to large circuits and networks...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489913/human-perception-of-electrical-stimulation-on-the-surface-of-somatosensory-cortex
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Shivayogi V Hiremath, Elizabeth C Tyler-Kabara, Jesse J Wheeler, Daniel W Moran, Robert A Gaunt, Jennifer L Collinger, Stephen T Foldes, Douglas J Weber, Weidong Chen, Michael L Boninger, Wei Wang
Recent advancement in electrocorticography (ECoG)-based brain-computer interface technology has sparked a new interest in providing somatosensory feedback using ECoG electrodes, i.e., cortical surface electrodes. We conducted a 28-day study of cortical surface stimulation in an individual with arm paralysis due to brachial plexus injury to examine the sensation produced by electrical stimulation of the somatosensory cortex. A high-density ECoG grid was implanted over the somatosensory and motor cortices. Stimulation through cortical surface electrodes over the somatosensory cortex successfully elicited arm and hand sensations in our participant with chronic paralysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456231/a-memory-efficient-implementation-scheme-of-gauss-error-function-in-a-laguerre-volterra-network-for-neuroprosthetic-devices
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Will X Y Li, Ke Cui, Wei Zhang
Cognitive neural prosthesis is a manmade device which can be used to restore or compensate for lost human cognitive modalities. The generalized Laguerre-Volterra (GLV) network serves as a robust mathematical underpinning for the development of such prosthetic instrument. In this paper, a hardware implementation scheme of Gauss error function for the GLV network targeting reconfigurable platforms is reported. Numerical approximations are formulated which transform the computation of nonelementary function into combinational operations of elementary functions, and memory-intensive look-up table (LUT) based approaches can therefore be circumvented...
April 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450831/cycle-triggered-cortical-stimulation-during-slow-wave-sleep-facilitates-learning-a-bmi-task-a-case-report-in-a-non-human-primate
#11
Irene Rembado, Stavros Zanos, Eberhard E Fetz
Slow wave sleep (SWS) has been identified as the sleep stage involved in consolidating newly acquired information. A growing body of evidence has shown that delta (1-4 Hz) oscillatory activity, the characteristic electroencephalographic signature of SWS, is involved in coordinating interaction between the hippocampus and the neocortex and is thought to take a role in stabilizing memory traces related to a novel task. This case report describes a new protocol that uses neuroprosthetics training of a non-human primate to evaluate the effects of surface cortical electrical stimulation triggered from SWS cycles...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443786/characterization-of-volitional-electromyographic-signals-in-the-lower-extremity-after-motor-complete-spinal-cord-injury
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Elizabeth Heald, Ronald Hart, Kevin Kilgore, P Hunter Peckham
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated the presence of intact axons across a spinal cord lesion, even in those clinically diagnosed with complete spinal cord injury (SCI). These axons may allow volitional motor signals to be transmitted through the injury, even in the absence of visible muscle contraction. OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the presence of volitional electromyographic (EMG) activity below the lesion in motor complete SCI and to characterize this activity to determine its value for potential use as a neuroprosthetic command source...
April 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437614/engineering-highly-interconnected-neuronal-networks-on-nanowire-scaffolds
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Vini Gautam, Shagufta Naureen, Naeem Shahid, Qian Gao, Yi Wang, David Nisbet, Chennupati Jagadish, Vincent R Daria
Identifying the specific role of physical guidance cues in the growth of neurons is crucial for understanding the fundamental biology of brain development and for designing scaffolds for tissue engineering. Here, we investigate the structural significance of nanoscale topographies as physical cues for neurite outgrowth and circuit formation by growing neurons on semiconductor nanowires. We monitored neurite growth using optical and scanning electron microscopy and evaluated the spontaneous neuronal network activity using functional calcium imaging...
June 14, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382924/fascicular-nerve-stimulation-and-recording-using-a-novel-double-aisle-regenerative-electrode
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Ignacio Delgado-Martínez, Martina Righi, Daniel Santos, Annarita Cutrone, Silvia Bossi, Silvia D'Amico, Jaume Del Valle, Silvestro Micera, Xavier Navarro
OBJECTIVE: As artificial prostheses become more refined, they are most often used as a therapeutic option for hand amputation. Differently from extra- or intraneural interfaces, regenerative nerve electrodes are designed to enable electrical interface with regrowing axonal bundles of injured nerves, aiming to achieve high selectivity for recording and stimulation. However, most of the developed designs pose an obstacle to the regrowth mechanisms due to low transparency and cause an impairment of the nerve regeneration...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374841/artificial-spatiotemporal-touch-inputs-reveal-complementary-decoding-in-neocortical-neurons
#15
Calogero M Oddo, Alberto Mazzoni, Anton Spanne, Jonas M D Enander, Hannes Mogensen, Fredrik Bengtsson, Domenico Camboni, Silvestro Micera, Henrik Jörntell
Investigations of the mechanisms of touch perception and decoding has been hampered by difficulties in achieving invariant patterns of skin sensor activation. To obtain reproducible spatiotemporal patterns of activation of sensory afferents, we used an artificial fingertip equipped with an array of neuromorphic sensors. The artificial fingertip was used to transduce real-world haptic stimuli into spatiotemporal patterns of spikes. These spike patterns were delivered to the skin afferents of the second digit of rats via an array of stimulation electrodes...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366027/detecting-destabilizing-wheelchair-conditions-for-maintaining-seated-posture
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Anna Crawford, Kiley Armstrong, Kenneth Loparo, Musa Audu, Ronald Triolo
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to detect and classify potentially destabilizing conditions encountered by manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injuries (SCI) to dynamically increase stability and prevent falls. METHODS: A volunteer with motor complete T11 paraplegia repeatedly propelled his manual wheelchair over level ground and simulated destabilizing conditions including sudden stops, bumps and rough terrain. Wireless inertial measurement units attached to the wheelchair frame and his sternum recorded associated accelerations and angular velocities...
April 1, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363481/reaching-again-a-glimpse-of-the-future-with-neuroprosthetics
#17
Steve I Perlmutter
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 28, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348511/constraints-and-adaptation-of-closed-loop-neuroprosthetics-for-functional-restoration
#18
Robert Bauer, Alireza Gharabaghi
Closed-loop neuroprosthetics aim to compensate for lost function, e.g., by controlling external devices such as prostheses or wheelchairs. Such assistive approaches seek to maximize speed and classification accuracy for high-dimensional control. More recent approaches use similar technology, but aim to restore lost motor function in the long term. To achieve this goal, restorative neuroprosthetics attempt to facilitate motor re-learning and to strengthen damaged and/or alternative neural connections on the basis of neurofeedback training within rehabilitative environments...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338618/real-time-gait-event-detection-based-on-kinematic-data-coupled-to-a-biomechanical-model
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Stefan Lambrecht, Anna Harutyunyan, Kevin Tanghe, Maarten Afschrift, Joris De Schutter, Ilse Jonkers
Real-time detection of multiple stance events, more specifically initial contact (IC), foot flat (FF), heel off (HO), and toe off (TO), could greatly benefit neurorobotic (NR) and neuroprosthetic (NP) control. Three real-time threshold-based algorithms have been developed, detecting the aforementioned events based on kinematic data in combination with a biomechanical model. Data from seven subjects walking at three speeds on an instrumented treadmill were used to validate the presented algorithms, accumulating to a total of 558 steps...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325029/noninvasive-eeg-correlates-of-overground-and-stair-walking
#20
Justin A Brantley, Trieu Phat Luu, Recep Ozdemir, Fangshi Zhu, Anna T Winslow, Helen Huang, Jose L Contreras-Vidal
Automated walking intention detection remains a challenge in lower-limb neuroprosthetic systems. Here, we assess the feasibility of extracting motor intent from scalp electroencephalography (EEG). First, we evaluated the corticomuscular coherence between central EEG electrodes (C1, Cz, C2) and muscles of the shank and thigh during walking on level ground and stairs. Second, we trained decoders to predict the linear envelope of the surface electromyogram (EMG). We observed significant EEG-led corticomuscular coupling between electrodes and sEMG (tibialis anterior) in the high delta (3-4 Hz) and low theta (4-5 Hz) frequency bands during level walking, indicating efferent signaling from the cortex to peripheral motor neurons...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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