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Neural Prostheses for Paralyzed Patients' Neurorestoration

Time: 8:30 a.m. August 30, 2013

Venue: Sixth Teaching Building, C-102

Reporter: Andrew Schwartz

Introduction

Dr. Schwartz received his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Minnesota in 1984. He then went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he worked with Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos, who was developing the concept of directional tuning and population-based movement representation in the motor cortex. In 1988, Dr. Schwartz began his independent research career at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.  Schwartz moved from the Barrow Neurological Institute to the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego in 1995 and then to the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. Recently, in collaboration with clinical colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, this technology is now being used by paralyzed subjects to operate a high-performance prosthetic arm and hand.