His name is Gert-Jan Oskam and he has returned to moving alone 11 years after the accident that had paralyzed his legs and arms: the brain can 'talk' to the spinal cord thanks to a system of electrodes. Here's how it worksGert-Jan Oskam is 40 years old and hasn't walked for 11
A revolutionary technique used by the Polytechnic University of Lausanne led by Grégoire Courtine has allowed a man paralyzed in his legs and arms for 11 years to regain control of his limbs and walk. All thanks to a digital bridge that allows the brain to 'talk' with the spinal cord. It is the first case in the world.Rania of Jordan, daughter-in-law's bachelorette party is fabulous Rania of Jordan, daughter-in-law's bachelorette party is fabulous
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THE STORY - His name is Gert-Jan Oskam, he is 40 years old and had been paralyzed for 11 years due to an accident. But now he has started walking again thanks to Courtine's innovative technique, whose study has just been published in Nature . He explains the luminary in the press conference organized by the magazine: “It is a digital bridge, the one we have established between the brain and the spinal cord. It is not a simple stimulation, but an interface that makes possible a direct conversation between the brain and the spinal cord: there is a synchrony between the intention to walk and the action of walking'.
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LIFE CHANGES - Obviously, the researchers note, all of this “translates to a significant increase in quality of life, with the ability to walk alone in the neighborhood of the house, get in and out of a car, or drink with friends standing in the bar counter'. It took five minutes to calibrate the device. Says the patient: “I was able to stand on my legs, I learned to walk naturally and I can control my movements and my strength”. The system is still cumbersome: it consists of 64 electrodes on the cortex that send the signal to 16 other electrodes in the spinal cord, which encode everything in real time: at the moment it is necessary to wear the equipment, contained in a backpack. But miniaturization could happen quickly.
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