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jul 03

Palestra Projeto Andar de Novo, dia 6 de julho

Title:

Sensorimotor improvement in chronic complete paraplegic patients after a training integrating brain-machine interfaces, visuotactile feedback and locomotion.

Speaker:

Dr. Solaiman Shokur

Date and place: 

Dia 06 de Julho (sexta-feira) às 10h30min em São Bernardo do Campo. Bloco beta, auditório A003

Description:

A report from the world health organization (WHO) reveals that roughly 200’000 new cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) occur worldwide every year.  SCI causes a wide array of the devastating motor, sensory, and autonomic deficits. There is currently no systematic rehabilitation approach for patients diagnosed with complete paraplegia due to SCI.
In this talk, I will present two techniques developed in our laboratory: brain-machine interfaces (direct brain-control of virtual or robotic legs) and sensory substitution. I will show, how, after a training combining these techniques, we observed unprecedented improvement rates in a group of 12 complete paraplegic patients in term of sensorimotor functions in their lower-limbs, but also, and maybe more importantly, for the control of their bladder, bowel and sexual functions.

 

Dr. Solaiman Shokur is an Afghan-born Swiss neuroengineer. In 2004, he obtained his master at the Polytechnique of Lausanne (Switzerland, EPFL) in computer science with a specialization in bio-inspired robotics. In 2013, he obtained his Ph.D. at the EPFL under the supervision of Prof. Bleuler (EPFL) and Prof. Miguel Nicolelis (Duke University).  During this period he developed the first Virtual reality-based brain-machine interface for monkeys. His work contributed to understanding how the brain represents a new extension to the body.

Dr. Shokur is the co-author of several reference papers in the domain of Brain-machine interfaces and artificial sensory feedback, with publications in Nature, Science translational medicine, PNAS, and Scientific Reports.

He is currently the senior research coordinator of the Walk Again Project (WAP) at the AASDAP neurorehabilitation laboratory in São Paulo.