Tag Archives: Spinal cord injury

Mind Walker- EEG Based BCI which helps in walking

MINDWALKER exoskeleton project e1363175813873 Mindwalker exoskeleton uses EEG cap to help disabled people walk again

Although no medical cure currently exists for spinal cord injury, paralyzed patients in the future could be able to walk again thanks to robotic exoskeleton technology, being developed all around the world. A team of Belgian researchers is working on a mind-controlled variant called Mindwalker, a system that converts electroencephalography (EEG) signals from the brain, or electromyography (EMG) signals from shoulder muscles, into electronic commands to control the exoskeleton.


The Mindwalker project (also known as: Mind-controlled orthosis and VR-training environment for walk empowering) is a three-year initiative supported by 2.75 million euros in funding from the European Commission. The ultimate goal of the project is to help paralyzed people who spend their lives in a wheelchair get back them on feet by bypassing the spinal cord entirely and routing brain signals to the robotic exoskeleton.

Brain Machine Interface Muscle control bypassing Spinal Cord

paralysed monkey bypass spinal cord brain machine Bypassing Spinal Cord, New Brain Computer Interface Sends Signals Directly from Brain to Muscles


Medical researchers have successfully enabled a paralyzed monkey to move its hand, by delivering messages from the brain directly to the muscles, completely bypassing the spinal cord. This is a breakthrough for spinal-cord injuries, it opens doors to future brain implants that could restore movement in paralysed limbs.

A new Northwestern Medicine brain-machine technology delivers messages from the brain directly to the muscles – bypassing the spinal cord – to enable voluntary and complex movement of a paralyzed hand. The device could eventually be tested on, and perhaps aid, paralyzed patients.

Fully Funded PhD in Biomedical Engineering in U.K

We are seeking applicants for a prestigious Kelvin-Smith Scholarship award at the Biomedical Engineering Research Division, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, with an interest in working in an interdisciplinary engineering research environment.

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The research project will develop bio-inspired paradigms underlying the RunBot walking robot into rehabilitation technology for spinal cord injury. The RunBot was developed at Glasgow University and is the fastest robot of its kind, revolutionising the way in which we think about walking (http://www.berndporr.me.uk/ijrr). The walking pattern of the RunBot is generated by the simple idea that ground contact information is used to trigger the walking cycle. We now wish to use this new paradigm as a model to develop new orthetic devices to help people with walking disabilities or with spinal injuries.

Spinal cord can be Regenerated with the aid of a Cancer Drug

Researchers have discovered that a cancer drug, Taxol, can reduce deterioration of the cytoskeleton and scar tissue following spinal cord injuries in rats.

A weakened cytoskeleton and impenetrable walls of scar tissue are considered by many to be the main obstacles of regeneration of nerve cells in the spinal cord.

The researchers claim Taxol was effective in promoting regeneration of injured spinal cord nerve cells in rats following spinal cord lesions. Only a few weeks following the spinal cord lesions and Taxol application, rats showed significant improvement in movements.


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Nerves Have Axons, Dendrites and Cell Bodies

  • Nerve cells are designed to respond to stimuli and transmit information over long distances
  • Nerve cell has 3 parts:
    • Cell body:
      • Has single nucleus
      • Has most of nerve cell metabolism, especially protein synthesis
      • Proteins made in cell body must be delivered to other parts of nerve
    • Axon:
      • Long cylinder, designed to transmit an electrical impulse
      • Can be several meters long in vertebrates (giraffe axons go from head to tip of spine)
      • Has axonal transport system for delivering proteins to ends of cell