The assistant professor of neurology at Thomas Jefferson University discussed the potential and feasibility of brain implants in patients with stroke.
"The device part doesn’t have to solve everything. We have neurologists, neurosurgeons, and occupational therapists. The question is, ‘how can we make a device that leverages this?’”
Earlier this year, researchers at the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University initiated a clinical trial, dubbed Cortimo (NCT03913286), using microelectrodes in the brain and a robotically powered brace to test a method that could hopefully restore movement in parts of the body impaired by stroke. Led by Mijail Serruya, MD, PhD, the study is centered around a single patient who will be worked on daily.
Serruya and his colleagues will train the patient to take control of the brain-implant to drive movement of the robotic brace fitted for his weaker arm, as well as how to overcome his abnormal muscle tone. Unlike prior studies that have examined brain-computer interface, these electrodes will be placed in an area adjacent to the stroke.
Serruya, assistant professor of neurology at Thomas Jefferson University, claims that we need more knowledge before expanding this type of method to more common cases of stroke. In an interview with NeurologyLive, he explained the steps in progressing brain electrodes and the importance of remaining transparent with the stroke community and the FDA.