BrainGate After 1,000 Days: Paralyzed Woman Controls Computer With Her Thoughts

BrainGate: One Thousand Days With a Brain Implant

The developers of BrainGate, an implanted brain computer, report a significant milestone: a paralyzed woman, who has had the implant for 1,000 days, was able to accurately control a computer cursor with her thoughts, according to a report published online today in the Journal of Neural Engineering

“This proof of concept — that after 1,000 days a woman who has no functional use of her limbs and is unable to speak can reliably control a cursor on a computer screen using only the intended movement of her hand — is an important step for the field,” said Dr. Leigh Hochberg, a Brown engineering associate professor, VA rehabilitation researcher, visiting associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, and director of the BrainGate pilot clinical trial at MGH.

Read more about some of the patients involved in the BrainGate research here.