April 2014

FIFA expresses support to the Walk Again Project

Jérôme Valcke, FIFA Secretary General, in an article published on the website of the organization, “Brazil on verge of a new era”, talks about the first demonstration of the Walk Again Project at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Brazil and expresses support.

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The British newspaper The Guardian features an article about the Walk Again Project

The Walk Again Project and the first public demonstration of its exoskeleton are news in traditional British newspaper The Guardian: Mind-controlled robotic suit to debut at World Cup 2014.

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January 2014

The journal Scientific Reports publishes a study performed in partnership Duke/ELS- IINN

Researchers of the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal (ELS-IINN) and the Duke University published jointly, in the journal Scientific Reports, a study coordinated by Miguel Nicolelis regarding a treatment for Parkinson's disease.

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World Cup Portal highlights the development of the Walk Again Project

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December 2013

Nature magazine includes the Walk Again Project in the list of good expectations for 2014

The December issue of Nature selected ten studies that promise important results in 2014, including the Walk Again Project, which aims to restore autonomous mobility to paraplegic patients through an exoskeleton.

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November 2013

The journal Science Translational Medicine publishes another breakthrough for the Walk Again Project
In a study led by Miguel Nicolelis and his team, two monkeys have learned to control the movement of both arms on an avatar using just their brain activity.

Large-scale brain activity from a rhesus monkey was decoded and used to simultaneously control reaching movements of both arms of a virtual monkey avatar towards spherical objects in virtual reality.

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Two Duke scientists observe the brain activity from nearly 500 neurons being recorded as the monkey enacted bimanual reaching movements with the arms of the virtual monkey avatar.
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Brain activity from nearly 500 neurons was recorded as the monkey enacted bimanual reaching movements with the arms of the virtual monkey avatar.
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Duke PhD student Peter Ifft observes brain activity from nearly 500 neurons being recorded as the monkey enacted bimanual reaching movements with the arms of the virtual monkey avatar.
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During the experiment, the monkey viewed two virtual arms of a rhesus monkey avatar from a first-person perspective and moved the arms towards circular targets to receive a small juice reward.
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Screen as viewed by the monkey during experiments: a first-person perspective of the rhesus monkey avatar limbs. The movements of both virtual arms are decoded in real-time from brain activity while the monkey's own arms were not permitted to freely move. The monkey must move the virtual arms to the circular targets to receive a small juice reward. Watch the movie

Virtual monkey avatar shown from a 3rd person perspective as the movements of the two arms are decoded in real-time from a the brain of a rhesus monkey. In the experiment the virtual arms and 3D target objects appear on the screen from a first-person perspective to the monkey, who receives a juice reward for correctly performed trials.
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August 2013

New publication on the Walk Again Project



The prestigious journal of the Academy of Sciences of the United States, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published a new article about the  Walk Again Project, on how different areas of the brain are able to act together to "shape" the brain’s image of the body.

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The NY Times mentions brain-to-brain interface in an article
The NY Times blog ‘Bits’ on science and technology blog published the article ‘Computer-Brain Interfaces Making Big Leaps’, which mentions the experiment in brain-to-brain interface conducted at the ELS-IINN and the Duke University.
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May 2013

Nature magazine publishes article about the advances in neuroprosthetics, highlighting the use of tactile feedback, conducted in the lab of Miguel Nicolelis at Duke University



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The newspaper Washington Post highlights the Walk Again Project



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March 2013

The Walk Again Project and the ELS-IINN on CNN


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‘The Next List’, on CNN features the Walk Again Project and the ELS-IINN.

CNN March 10, 2013.

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