CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

News

Nature Magazine Features UH Professor’s Work to Address Paralysis

Printer-friendly versionSend by emailPDF version

By: 

Rashda Khan
Nature features University of Houston Professor Jose Contreras-Vidal, known for his work to improve prostheses using brain-machine interfaces.
Nature features University of Houston Professor Jose Contreras-Vidal, known for his work to improve prostheses using brain-machine interfaces.
One of Dr. Jose Contreras-Vidal's projects: a prosthetic hand with brain-machine interfacing
One of Dr. Jose Contreras-Vidal's projects: a prosthetic hand with brain-machine interfacing

Groundbreaking brain-machine interfacing with prostheses highlighted

About 3.5 million people in America are living with some degree of paralysis related to stroke, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. Nature magazine this month published an article about scientists developing technological solutions, such as neural prostheses or devices that read brain signals and help restore movement in paralyzed patients.

The article prominently features Dr. Jose Contreras-Vidal, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, for his work to improve prostheses using brain-machine interfaces, or BMIs.

It also mentions his lab at the Building Reliable Advances and Innovation in Neurotechnology (BRAIN) Center, a collaboration between the University of Houston, Arizona State University and industry partners. The center is funded by a National Science Foundation grant.

Innovative neurotechnologies could save an estimated $400 billion in future costs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read the full article at: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02478-0

Faculty: 

Department: 

Centers/Programs: 

Tag: 

Related News Stories

Wearable Technology to Track Brain, Predict Illness

With a $175,000 award from the National Science Foundation, UH electrical engineer Rose T. Faghih will examine whether wrist-worn wearable devices can transform how mental-stress-related diseases are diagnosed and treated.

University of Houston researcher examines skin to predict stress, illness

University of Houston electrical engineer Rose T. Faghih has been awarded $175,000 by the National Science Foundation to examine whether wrist-worn wearable devices, like fitbits or Apple watches, can be used to peer into the brain. She thinks they can.

Cullen College Announces Two Winners of Inaugural Brookshire Teaching Excellence Awards

Christiana Chang, instructional assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston.

Award Celebrates Professors with Dedication to Students and Passion for Teaching

 

The late William A. Brookshire – a UH chemical engineering alumnus – understood firsthand the impact that dedicated teachers can have on students’ lives. Raised without means, Brookshire often credited his professors at the Cullen College of Engineering for pushing and inspiring him to complete his degree.

Upcoming Events / Seminars