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G-LAB AND TNE AWARDED THE FIRST AND SECOND PLACES AT BCI AWARDS 2022

The groups of Grégoire Courtine and Silvestro Micera were awarded the first and second places respectively at the international BCI Awards 2022.

The BCI Awards recognize major achievements in the field of Brain-Computer-Interfaces and have become through years a major award in the domain.

The winners were selected by an international jury among more than 100 applications; the group of Grégoire Courtine (Neuro-X and NeuroRestores) was awarded the first place for its work entitled “Walking naturally after spinal cord injury using a brain-spine interface”.

The group of Silvestro Micera (in collaboration with the University of Fribourg and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) was awarded the second place for its work entitled “An implantable brain-body interfce using intrafascicular stimulation to restore hand function”.

Prestigious groups from Stanford and UCSF ranked tied second and third.

The BCI Awards are delivered anually by the BCI Award Foundation, led by Christoph Guger (G.tec) and prominent scientists from the field; this year the award ceremony was hosted by the IEEE SMC Conference (International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics).

More info and award ceremony here.

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Locomotion modeling evolves with brain-inspired neural networks

— A team of scientists at EPFL have built a new neural network system that can help understand how animals adapt their movement to changes in their own body and to create more powerful artificial intelligence systems.

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Raphaël Liégeois selected for 2022 ESA astronaut cohort

— Congratulations to Raphaël Liégeois, scientific collaborator at MIPLAB, for being selected as one of the six ESA career astronauts

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Breathing is coupled with imagined actions

— New findings show that the voluntary initiation of imagined actions is coupled with respiration, suggesting that the breathing system is involved in preparatory processes of voluntary action.

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Scientists identify neurons that restore walking after paralysis

— A new study by scientists at the .NeuroRestore research center has identified the type of neuron that is activated and remodeled by spinal cord stimulation, allowing patients to stand up, walk and rebuild their muscles – thus improving their quality of life. This discovery, made in nine patients, marks a fundamental, clinical breakthrough. The study was published today in Nature.

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New method for induction and real-time assessment of hallucinations

— Fosco Bernasconi and colleagues report in a new paper, published in Nature Protocols, a new robotic method and procedure allowing to induce and investigate specific hallucinations that affect patients with Parkinson’s disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies or schizophrenia.

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