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About the Symposium

"It's always good to get a cross-disciplinary view of a series of problems. And bringing together the clinicians, the basic scientists, and the applied scientists has really been an invigorating experience."
Kent Bachus, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Director of Harold K. Dunn Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
University of Utah

In many ways, the basic technology of prosthetic limbs advanced little during the latter half of the 20th century. But thanks to breakthroughs emerging from university, government, and corporate laboratories, that situation is changing rapidly. New developments in neuromuscular control systems, biomaterials, and miniaturization of electronic and mechanical devices are making possible the development of prosthetics that respond to conscious control, that are more comfortable, and that behave in a more functional and natural manner.

But while the state of neuroprosthetics research and development today is encouraging, the promise of the field is even more exciting. Work in regenerative bioscience and tissue engineering, robotics and artificial intelligence, and neural control, among other fields, is paving the way for implantable neuroprosthetics with the functional attributes of natural limbs. Motivated by the urgent needs of returning veterans, neuroprosthetics researchers are striving to achieve a shared vision of artificial limbs that rival natural limbs in functionality.

Neuroprosthetics 2009 brought together national academic, industry, and government leaders in prosthetics research and development to discuss the state of the field and to advance collaborations that will push next-generation artificial limbs and prosthetic devices closer to clinical applications. To promote integrated neuroprosthetics research, the symposium was designed to be broad in scope, with a focus on critical scientific and bioengineering issues. Its goal was to enhance the integration of the applied science and engineering necessary to achieve functional, implantable limb prosthetics.

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