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Brain Implant Restores Sense Of Touch To Paralyzed Man

Recently a particular brain implant has restored a sense of touch to a particular man who is paralyzed. The patient in particular is Nathan Copeland and he lost his ability to control his hands or sense what his fingers were touching twelve years ago in a car wreck. In particular researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and sister Medical Center gave him a new way to feel.

Key Takeaways:

  • It’s a mind-controlled robotic arm that has pressure sensors in each fingertip that send signals directly to Copeland’s brain.
  • The research at both Hopkins and in Pittsburgh is supported by the government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
  • So the team began looking for a way to send touch sensations directly to Copeland’s brain.

“Twelve years ago, a car wreck took away Nathan Copeland’s ability to control his hands or sense what his fingers were touching.”

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/13/497716281/brain-implant-restores-sense-of-touch-to-paralyzed-man