Advancing neuroscience clearly has the power to improve lives. While there remain many obvious needs for continuing R&D into the treatment of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, a futuristic type of neurotechnology known as a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) is beginning to emerge as a functional reality. A subset of BCIs, neuroprosthetics, are helping a Colorado man to regain his ability to handle manipulate objects. Les Baugh lost both of his arms in an electrical accident over 40 years ago. With the help of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), he'll regain some functionality while making history as the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two Modular Prosthetic Limbs (MPLs).
It's not just the accomplishment, but the opening of frontiers and realizing that there's so much more to learn." Courtney Moran, Clinical Lead for Amputee Research.