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Funded Project Details - FY2021

Project Number:

Title: BrainGate: Robust Neural Decoding for Veterans with ALS
Principal Investigator:

Leigh R Hochberg

Location: Providence, RI
Congressional District Code: 2
Research Service: Rehabilitation R&D
Project Period: August 2017 - July 2023
FY 2021 Funding Amount: $188,156
Total Award Amount
(all years):
Abstract: View full abstract and other project information on NIH RePORTER


Intracortical Brain-­Computer Interfaces (iBCIs) aim to restore communication, mobility, and  independence to Veterans and others with paralyzing disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis  (ALS), stroke, or spinal cord injury. In the late stages of ALS, the progressive loss of mobility is  accompanied by a loss of speech, resulting in tetraplegia and anarthria, or locked-­in syndrome.    Though assistive and augmentative communication (AAC) devices partially address this problem, such  dev...

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