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Control of Electrical Epidural Stimulation to Optimize Spinal Neuroprosthetic Systems


E. Martin Moraud

IfA Internal Seminar Series, Zurich

What if paralyzed subjects could walk and climb stairs again? Epidural stimulation (electrical pulses applied on the spine) has been shown to be a promising intervention to recover locomotion after paralyzing spinal cord injury. Interestingly, experiments on rats show that the stepping patterns induced vary when changing the stimulus parameters (i.e., voltage, pulse duration and amplitude). In this talk, I will show that these inputs clearly affect the locomotor output in a consistent manner that can be modeled and controlled to achieve more consistent walking, fight fatigue, climb stairs and to improve rehabilitation in general.


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