Neuroprosthesis and Bionics

Neuroprosthesis and Bionics

Research activities

  • - neuro-controlled hand prostheses;
  • - brain-spinal interface to restore motor functions in spinal cord injury and Parkinson's disease patients;
  • - vestibular neuroprostheses.


Active Grants

NEBIAS "NEurocontrolled BIdirectional Artificial upper limb and hand prosthesiS" FP7-ICT-2013.9.6-FET Proactive: Evolving Living Technologies (EVLIT) #611687
NEMESIS (NEurocontrolled MEchatronic Hand ProstheSIS) Italian Ministry of Health
NEUWalk “Neuroprosthetic interface systems for restoring motor functions” FP7-ICT-2009-5 / Objective ICT-2009.3.9 # 258654


Main Past Projects

CLONS “CLOsed-loop Neural prostheses for Vestibular disorderS” FP7-ICT-2007.8.0 FET Open #225929
CYBERHAND “Development of a cybernetic hand prosthesis” IST-FET Project 2001 #35094
GRIP “An InteGRated System for the NeuroelectrIic Control of Grasp in Disabled Persons” ESPRIT LTR #26322
NEUROBOTICS “Fusing Neuroscience and Robotics to augment human capabilities” FP6-IST-FET-IP-2003 #001917
TIME “Transverse Intrafascicular Multichannel Electrode system for induction of sensation and treatment of phantomlimb pain in amputees” FP7 - ICT-2007.3.6 Micro/Nanosystems priority #224012


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Recent publications

Wenger N, Moraud EM, Raspopovic S, Bonizzato M, DiGiovanna J, Musienko P, Morari M, Micera S, Courtine G. Closed-loop neuromodulation of spinal sensorimotor circuits controls refined locomotion after complete spinal cord injury. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Sep 24;6(255):255ra133. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3008325.

Nguyen TA, Ranieri M, DiGiovanna J, Peter O, Genovese V, Perez Fornos A, Micera S. A real-time research platform to study vestibular implants with gyroscopic inputs in vestibular deficient subjects. IEEE Trans Biomed Circuits Syst. 2014 Aug;8(4):474-84. doi: 10.1109/TBCAS.2013.2290089.

Perez Fornos A, Guinand N, van de Berg R, Stokroos R, Micera S, Kingma H, Pelizzone M, Guyot JP. Artificial balance: restoration of the vestibulo-ocular reflex in humans with a prototype vestibular neuroprosthesis. Front Neurol. 2014 Apr 29;5:66. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2014.00066.

Raspopovic S, Capogrosso M, Petrini FM, Bonizzato M, Rigosa J, Di Pino G, Carpaneto J, Controzzi M, Boretius T, Fernandez E, Granata G, Oddo CM, Citi L, Ciancio AL, Cipriani C, Carrozza MC, Jensen W, Guglielmelli E, Stieglitz T, Rossini PM, Micera S. Restoring natural sensory feedback in real-time bidirectional hand prostheses. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Feb 5;6(222):222ra19. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3006820.

Borton D, Micera S, Millán Jdel R, Courtine G. Personalized neuroprosthetics. Sci Transl Med. 2013 Nov 6;5(210):210rv2. Review. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3005968.

Borton D, Bonizzato M, Beauparlant J, DiGiovanna J, Moraud EM, Wenger N, Musienko P, Minev IR, Lacour SP, Millán Jdel R, Micera S, Courtine G. Corticospinal neuroprostheses to restore locomotion after spinal cord injury. Neurosci Res. 2014 Jan;78:21-9. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2013.10.001.

Courtine G, Micera S, DiGiovanna J, Millán Jdel R. Brain-machine interface: closer to therapeutic reality? Lancet. 2013 Feb 16;381(9866):515-7. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)62164-3.

van den Brand R, Heutschi J, Barraud Q, DiGiovanna J, Bartholdi K, Huerlimann M, Friedli L, Vollenweider I, Moraud EM, Duis S, Dominici N, Micera S, Musienko P, Courtine G. Restoring voluntary control of locomotion after paralyzing spinal cord injury. Science. 2012 Jun 1;336(6085):1182-5. doi: 10.1126/science.1217416.

Digiovanna J, Carpaneto J, Micera S, Merfeld DM. Alignment of angular velocity sensors for a vestibular prosthesis. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2012 Feb 13;9:14. doi: 10.1186/1743-0003-9-14.

Tombini M, Rigosa J, Zappasodi F, Porcaro C, Citi L, Carpaneto J, Rossini PM, Micera S. Combined analysis of cortical (EEG) and nerve stump signals improves robotic hand control. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2012 Mar-Apr;26(3):275-81. doi: 10.1177/1545968311408919.


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