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National Hospital of Paraplegics

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big data, bioethics, neurodegenerative diseases, nanoscience, neuroscience, robotics, mental health, sociology
Miguel Ángel Pérez Lucas
Head of the Communication Unit of the Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos (SESCAM)

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Head of the Neurology Service at the National Hospital for Paraplegics (Toledo) and Head of Research and Innovation at the Los Madroños Hospital (Madrid)

Researcher in charge of the Experimental Neurophysiology and Neuronal Circuits Group.

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A clinical trial involving 60 people with upper and lower body paralysis showed that a non-invasive electrical spinal cord stimulation device - called ARCEX - helps improve hand and arm function in quadriplegic patients. The study, the results of which are published in Nature Medicine, showed that 43 of the people with paralysis experienced improved arm and hand strength and function after receiving electrical stimulation along with rehabilitation exercises.  


A team of researchers has developed a device that would allow individuals with amputations to perceive and respond to temperature by providing thermal information from the tip of the prosthetic finger to the amputee's stump. The device, called "MiniTouch," featured in the journal Med, can be integrated into commercially available prosthetic limbs and does not require surgery. The authors demonstrate that, thanks to the thermosensitive prosthetic hand, a 57-year-old male with below-elbow amputation was able to distinguish and manually classify objects of different temperatures and perceive bodily contact with other humans.

NeuroRestore-Jimmy Ravier

Research published in the journal Nature identifies the neurons that enabled nine paralysed patients to walk again after electrical stimulation of the spinal cord.