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May 31, 2016: Dr. Sanchez is currently serving as the Director (SES) of the Biological Technologies office at DARPA. (view article)

May 25, 2016: CNBC - Harnessing the brain's power to improve prosthetic limbs. (view article)

December 18, 2015: We would like to announce the release of a new book from CRC Press titled Neuroprosthetics: Principles and Applications. (view article)

December 3, 2015: DARPA Celebrates International Year of Light - (view article) (view article)

October 21, 2015: Tech Insider–Forward to the Future: Visions of 2045 (view article) (view article)

October 20, 2015: White House – Back to the Future Day (view article)

September 17, 2015: The Onion – New Prosthetic Hand Provides Sense of Touch (view article)

September 15, 2015: CNN – Prosthetic Hand ‘Tells’ the Brain What it is Touching, 2015 (view article)

September 11, 2015: DARPA - “Wait, What? A Future Technology Forum” – Neurotechnology (view article)

July 11, 2015: The Economist – From Neurosis to Neurons (view article)

July 7, 2015: Business Insider – DARPA Wants to Build a Personal Assistant that Can Read Your Mind (view article)

March 5, 2015: Wired – Woman Controls a Fighter Jet Sim Using Only Her Mind, 2015 (view article)

January 20, 2015: President Obama State of the Union Address – A New Generation of Prosthetics, 2015 (view article)

Mission

The Neuroprosthetic Research Group (NRG) was founded in 2005 by Dr. Justin C. Sanchez. The goal of the NRG is to develop state-of-the-art symbiotic BIONIC medical treatments. This direction of research is motivated by the potential of neuroprosthetics or direct neural interfaces for delivering therapy and restoring functionality to disabled individuals. The lab's mission is focused on "bench to bedside" science to innovate medical neuroprosthesis devices and translate them into the clinic. Two clinical outcomes of the lab’s mission are to restore communication control ability to the motor impaired. In this mission, we study motor and limbic neurophysiology and develop interface technology to respond to normal and abnormal neural function.

Expertise

The expertise to develop "beyond state-of-the-art" neural interface technology requires a highly multidisciplinary knowledge base. In the NRG, we take a "Renaissance man" approach to science and have developed an extensive track record over the years in the following areas.

Neurophysiology (Motor and Limbic Neural Coding)

The NRG is a neurophysiology lab. We conduct chronic multielectrode recordings in behaving subjets. We perform stereotaxic neurosurgery and chronically implant neural interfaces to sample large populations of neurons. These signals are then used in closed-loop neural interface studies.

In this area, we are uncovering the fundamental principles of neural coding in systems of neurons. This knowledge is used to develop new therapies.

 

System Design (Symbiotic Neural Interfaces)

The NRG lab has lead innovations in neuroprosthetic system design. We have developed emergent systems where the user and neuroprosthetic cooperatively seek to maximize goals while interacting with a complex, dynamical environment. Both the user and the neuroprosthetic are in a symbiotic relationship where they solve tasks in an assistive manner.

symbiotic brain computer interface

 

Neurotechnology

The NRG is working to develop implantable and wearable neural interfaces that will ultimately make neuroprosthetics more feasible in clinical implementation.

 

Ultimately, it will take the culmination of new functional neurophysiologic knowledge, conputational neuroscience, and neurotechnology to demonstrate the clinical utility for human subjects.

For our latest scientific advancements see the publications sections.

Contact

The Neuroprosthetics Research Group was founded by Justin C. Sanchez, Ph.D. The NRG laboratory is located within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. Please send all correspondence to 1251 Memorial Drive, MEA 203, Coral Gables, Florida, 33146.

 

Justin C. Sanchez

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Motor Neuroprosethics,
Epilepsy Neuroprosethics, DBS Neuroprosthetics

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Masters Design I, Neural Interface Systems

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