Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Slutzky Neuroprosthetics Laboratory

About Us

Our laboratory uses neural prosthetics, specifically human-machine interfaces, to pursue the goals of improving both our understanding of brain function as well as restoring movement and communication to people with neurologic impairment from disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and ALS.

Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are devices that record signals from the brain, decode them, and use them to control a variety of outputs such as a computer cursor, prosthetic limb, or electrically-stimulated muscles in a paralyzed limb. BMIs could allow patients with severe paralysis (quadriplegic or “locked-in,” for example from ALS or spinal cord injury) to interact with their environment and potentially regain the use of a limb. In addition, this technology could also provide a way for such individuals with impairment to communicate by directly decoding their intended speech. Myoelectric-computer interfaces (MCIs) record electrical signals from muscles and use them to control a computer cursor. We are developing MCIs that could help people with impaired arm movement from a stroke to improve their function.

Contact Us

The Slutzky Lab welcomes your questions and comments. For general feedback and inquries, please contact us for more information via our office information below.

Marc Slutzky, MD/PhD
303 East Superior
Lurie 8-231
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312-503-6097
Fax: 312-503-6097
mslutzky@northwestern.edu

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