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Section: Application Domains

Palliative solutions for movement deficiencies

Functional electrical stimulation is one possibility to restore or control motor functions in an evolutive and reversible way. Pacemaker, Cochlear implants, Deep Brain Stimulation are successful examples. DEMAR focuses on movement disorder restoration in paraplegic and quadriplegic patients, enhancements in hemiplegic patients, and some other motor disorders such as bladder and bowel control.

The possibility to interface the sensory motor system, both activating neural structure with implanted FES, and sensing through implanted neural signal recordings open a wide application area:

In any case, experimentations on animals and humans are necessary so that this research needs a long time to go from theoretical results to applications. This process is a key issue in biomedical research, it needs : i) design of complex experimental setups both for animals and humans, ii) ethical committee approval for human experiments, iii) volunteers and selected, both disabled and healthy, persons to perform experiments with the adequate medical staff.


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