Clinical Trial Results Indicate Low Rate of Adverse Events Associated With Implanted Brain …

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2023-01-13
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Press ReleaseJan | 13 | 2023

Clinical Trial Results Indicate Low Rate of Adverse Events Associated With Implanted Brain Computer Interface

Brandon Chasebchase7@partners.org

Key Takeaways

  • Brain-computer interfaces, which provide a direct communication link between the brain and a computer or other external device, may help people with difficulty communicating due to paralysis caused by ALS, brainstem stroke, spinal cord injury, and other neurologic conditions
  • The most sophisticated of these devices use sensors that are surgically placed into parts of the brain that control movement; however, the safety of these chronic brain implants is unknown
  • Results from the largest and longest-running clinical trial of an implanted brain computer interface suggests that the investigational BrainGate Neural Interface system safety is comparable to other chronically implanted devices used to manage neurologic disease

BOSTON – For people with paralysis caused by neurologic injury or disease—such as ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), stroke, or spinal cord injury—brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) have the potential to restore communication, mobility, and independence by transmitting information directly from the brain to a computer or other assistive [...]

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