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Dr Thomas Oxley awarded the Grant McKenzie MND Research Grant: Minimally invasive brain-controlled communication and navigation

Spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injuries and diseases like motor neurone disease have the devastating consequence of limiting people’s independence and communication.

The MND Research Institute of Australia has awarded $3.31 million to support the best MND research commencing in 2018. 

Dr Thomas Oxley has been awarded the Grant McKenzie MND Research Grant: Minimally invasive brain-controlled communication and navigation

Fortunately, for many, the portion of the brain responsible for movement remains intact and enables is to utilize signals to control assistive devices. However, due to invasive surgical methods, translation of existing technology has not progressed to clinical application. Our new technology (STENTRODE tm) is the only existing method of extracting brain signals from within a blood vessel, which mitigates the risks associated with open-brain surgery. Having demonstrated that a Stentrode can record clinically relevant brain signals we now aim to translate this into early feasibility in a world-first human trial.

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