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October 4, 2019 | Clinatec, CHU Grenoble Alpes, Université Grenoble Alpes and CEA

An unprecedented neuroprosthetic allows a tetraplegic patient fitted with an exoskeleton to move

Grenoble, October 4, 2019

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The four-limb exoskeleton controlled by the patient during the BCI project at Clinatec ©Clinatec

For the first time, a tetraplegic patient was able to walk and control both arms using this neuroprosthetic, which records, transmits, and decodes brain signals in real-time to control an exoskeleton. The results of a clinical study under the Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Project at Clinatec were published on 4 October 2019 in The Lancet Neurology journal and provide proof of concept for controlling a four-limb exoskeleton. The system is driven via the long-term implant of a semi-invasive medical device to record brain activity developed at CEA in Grenoble. In the long term, this technology is expected to give greater mobility to individuals with severe motor disabilities.

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