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This podcast's purpose is to bring together the field of neuroprosthetics/brain machine interfaces/brain implants in an understandable conversation about the current topics and breakthroughs.

We hope to replace needing to read scientific papers on new research in an easy to digest way.

People can share thoughts or ideas to facilitate 'idea sex' to make the field of brain implants a smaller and more personal space.

Mar 14, 2022

Brock Lindsey and Jack Gelman are researchers at West Virginia University. Brock is an orthopedic oncologist who deals with bone and muscle tumors. Jack is a plastic surgeon interested in peripheral nerve surgery. Together they work on targeted muscle reinnervation in osseoimplants to bring back control for amputees. Top 3 Takeaways:

  • Integrating prosthetics into the bone allows for better bone health since the bones are then under load
  • Neuromas are transected nerves that continue to grow and cause pain. They've removed some that are the size of golf balls
  • WVU has done 28 of these reinnervation surgeries. 500 papers have been written about this, 400 of them since 2020

0:45 "Do you want to introduce yourself a little bit?"

3:45 How does a cadaver arm reinnervation work?

4:45 "What are the advantages of osseointegration? What are some of the challenges in this?"

10:45 How do you integrate these devices with nerves and how does it improve gait?

17:15 Are these just EMG devices that listen in on muscle movement?

18:45 "Is this something that's common or is this something that only you guys can do? And then also maybe how many patients have you guys worked on in this way?"

21:45 What would you improve with unlimited funding?

25:30 "You're saying that there would be an advantage to going directly into the brain versus going into the peripheral nerve and what would be the advantage of that?"

27:15 "I want to talk about WVU, do you want to talk a little bit about your institution, why you chose it?"

30:00 "Is there anything that we didn't talk about that you wanted to mention?"