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Neuroprosthetics 2009

National Leaders Gather to Advance the Development of Neuroprosthetics

On September 16, 2009, more than 150 scientists, clinicians, engineers, and advocates from across the United States gathered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) for Neuroprosthetics 2009, the inaugural national symposium for advancing the technology and clinical application of implantable limb neuroprosthetics.

The symposium was organized by the WPI Center for Neuroprosthetics with grant support from the John Adams Innovation Institute, the economic development division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC).

Planning is under way for Neuroprosthetics 2010.


"This was an excellent event. I was the chief of staff at TATRC when the neuroprosthetics program got rolling, so this event is like a dream come true. As I look back over the last six or eight years, to see that we’ve come this far and have a conference like this is extremely gratifying. The people here are collaborative and cooperative, and that’s what the Department of Defense is looking for. It’s all about collaboration—who gets the credit doesn’t matter, let’s just get on with some great research."
Jim Olson
Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
Former Chief of Staff, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, U.S. Army


"This was truly a novel meeting, and exciting opportunity to learn more about how these individuals are coming together to collaborate and advance mobility in the amputee world. I know we’re looking out at a distant horizon for many of these advances, especially in the neuroprosthetics area, but we are laying a foundation with this meeting that will help us get there faster."
Kendra Calhoun
Amputee Coalition of America
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