A University of Houston biomedical engineer has been awarded $2.8 million by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to improve the control of robotic limbs and provide natural sensory feedback from robotic prosthetics to amputees. Mario Ignacio Romero-Ortega, Cullen Endowed Professor of biomolecular engineering, will accomplish this by creating next-generation advanced peripheral nervous system (PNS) interface electrodes.
The peripheral nervous system consists of all neurons that exist outside the brain and spinal cord and connects the central nervous system to the rest of the body. After amputation, peripheral nerves remain active and can be connected to electrodes and used to record the movement intent from the user and provide feedback sensation from it.
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