Development of a direct computer interface using descending motor potentials recorded from the spinal cord

A variety of devices are available for individuals with motor impairments, such as electrical stimulation systems for locomotion. But people with severe disabilities are often unable to control these devices effectively. Dr. Jaimie Borisoff, who has published research papers on neural regeneration in the journals Experimental Neurology and Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, is researching assistive technologies to enhance quality of life for people with severe disabilities. Jaimie is investigating whether motor control information can be recorded directly from the spinal cord, since much of the intentional and logistical processing has already been performed in the brain before the signal pathway terminates at the spinal lesion. If so, this information could be used to create a control system that uses signals from the spinal cord.