Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Supports Brain-Computer Interface Breakthrough

Published: July 8, 2004  |  Source: christopherreeve.org
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SPRINGFIELD, N.J., July 9 /U.S. Newswire/ — The July 9, 2004 edition of Science reports on an exciting study, “Cognitive Control Signals for Neural Prosthetics” by S. Musallam, B.D. Corneil, B. Greger, H. Scherberger and R.A. Andersen, supported in part by the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF). Hansjorg Scherberger, M.D., one of the co-authors of the article, was the recipient of a $100,000 CRPF individual research grant.

Kathy Lewis, president and CEO of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF), issued the following statement today in response to the article:

“CRPF supports cutting-edge research to develop effective therapies for people living with paralysis. We are proud to have provided support for this project and are delighted that the research is advancing so rapidly. It is projects like these that provide the basis for tangible treatments to improve the day-to- day lives of people living with paralysis.

“Brain computer interface and neural prosthetics are important parts of the CRPF research portfolio and we anticipate continued advances in this and all of the fields of research supported by the Foundation.

“Projects such as the brain-computer interface described in the July 9, 2004 Science article are just one of the many types of scientific investigations funded by CRPF. The development of assistive technology that will allow brain signals to direct the actions of machines (e.g., computers or wheelchairs) without Motor function from the patient is an exciting prospect for the paralyzed community.”

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) is committed to funding research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other Central Nervous System disorders. The Foundation also vigorously works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities through its grants program, paralysis resource center, and advocacy efforts. For more information, please call 800-225-0292 or visit http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.ddJFKRNoFiG/b.4048063/k.C5D5/Christopher_Reeve_Spinal_Cord_Injury_and_Paralysis_Foundation.htm

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Contact: Maggie Goldberg of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, 973-379-2690