Latest Advances Help People Regain Function and Independence
Founded in 2000, the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), works to speed discovery and development of biomedical technologies in every field of medicine by bringing together teams of scientists and engineers from many different backgrounds to spark innovative approaches to health care. The technologies have the potential to greatly advance the lives of persons with paralysis, as well as amputation and numerous neuromuscular disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and others.
New Technologies—Years of NIH investment have made the field of neural prosthetics and other technologies to assist paralyzed individuals possible.
Improved Quality of Life—Neural prosthetic systems have advanced to allow the severely paralyzed to achieve independent control of function and engage in activities of daily living to improve their quality of life.
Options for the Paralyzed—The expanding options for paralyzed individuals include:
- robotic arms
- spinal cord stimulation
- improved prosthetic limbs
- restored ability to communicate