A blue plastic net, adapted to look like a neural netework


The growing need for medical neurotechnology is being fueled by the aging of our society and by a growing interest in the use of medical technology not only to extend life, but perhaps more importantly, to improve the quality of life.

The Center plans to capitalize on this growing market through collaborations and partnerships. The Center has established research collaborations with clinicians and scientists at the Barrow Neurological Institute, Mayo Scottsdale, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Florida International University and the University of Bordeaux.

The Center’s approach is to not only generate ideas for novel therapy, but also to develop and evaluate those ideas through extensive animal and human trials. The end result is a technology that is more mature with reduced risk and time-to-market and an increase in value of the intellectual property. A second important feature of the Center’s research agenda is that it includes the development of techniques, such as functional assessment tools, which can be brought to market without regulatory approval. These efforts could have a rapid impact on the delivery and cost of healthcare in the field of rehabilitation.


External Funding for The Center for Adaptive Neural Systems has been provided by a number of grants from: NIH (National Institutes of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute of Mental Health), the National Science Foundation, The Paralyzed Veterans of America, and DARPA.