Another successful innovation towards a futuristic world will soon make paralyzed people walk again! A brain implant, which they call, brain-spine interface can restore movements of those who suffered from spinal cord injuries.
The interface looks like a mini chip that's implanted in the brain. The device was tested to monkeys, and had promising results!
According to research leader Prof. Gregoire Courtine, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in a few years, the brain-spine interface will be tested in humans in clinical trials.
Tomislav Milekovic, one of the authors of the study, said in the interview that the implant will be a great help to people with paraplegia. He added, "a future in which people with paraplegia use brain-spine interface to walk again is exciting."
It's a miracle, dawg!
The Courtine lab is the company behind this health revolution. It's been a decade since they started conducting studies to make paralyzed people walk. Now, they are only a few steps closer to their goal!
Milekovic added that the spine-brain interface has a potential to help all people who had car or work accidents that damaged their spine, as long as these people still have working "descending motor axons". This is a specific portion of the spinal cord that most people with spinal injuries are not affected.