May 6, 2014

Moshe Mirilashvili Memorial Fund B.R.A.I.N. Prize to Drs. Donogue, Hochberg

(From left) Drs. Arto Nurmikko and John Donoghue accept a bronze statue, part of the $1 million Mirilashvili prize, from Israeli President Shimon Peres. Donoghue's VA collaborator, Dr. Leigh Hochberg, was not available to attend the ceremony.

On Oct.15, 2013, a team of VA researchers led by Dr. John Donoghue and Dr. Leigh Hochberg at the Providence VAMC was awarded the Moshe Mirilashvili Memorial Fund B.R.A.I.N. Prize for their work on BrainGate–a brain-computer interface that promises to enable those with total paralysis to control objects only with their thoughts. The innovation holds tremendous potential for changing the lives of those with spinal cord injury, brainstem stroke, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), and other conditions resulting in paralysis. The B.R.A.I.N award, which stands for Breakthrough Research and Innovation in Neurotechnology, was given at the 2013 BrainTech Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.

To learn more about Drs. Donoghue and Hochberg, and BrainGate, see