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WPI Neuroprosthetics Symposium Noted in Article on Advances in Prosthetics

Neuroprosthetics 2009, the first in an annual symposium series, brought some of the top researchers in the field from around the county to WPI to describe advances in the rapidly evolving field of implantable limb neuroprosthetics.

An article in the current issue of Massachusetts Medical Devices Journal (Mass Device), an online journal that focuses on the Massachusetts medical devices industry, looks at the state of prosthetics today and at research and development that is beginning to spur major breakthroughs in a field that has not advanced significantly for many decades. "Thanks to advances in science and engineering, plus a lot of help from the government, advances in prosthetics are moving at a faster pace than they have in the past 500 years," the article notes.

The article highlights Neuroprosthetics 2009, the first in an annual symposium series sponsored by the WPI Bioengineering Institute (BEI), which brought some of the top researchers in the field from around the county (including WPI's own George Pins) to the university to describe advances in the rapidly evolving field of implantable limb neuroprosthetics and discuss the future of the discipline.

The article also quotes Christopher Lambert, research associate professor in the BEI, whose own research on connecting nerves using engineered wires may advance the development of neuroprosthetics, and examines an advanced prosthetic arm being developed by Dean Kamen '73, founder of DEKA Research.

  • Read the Mass Device article
  • Visit the Neuroprosthetics 2009 website, where you can see photos and videos of the presentations, read more about the speakers, and learn about plans for Neuroprosthetics 2010
  • Read more about WPI's research on neuroprosthetics
  • Visit the WPI Bioengineering Institute

November 25, 2009