Center for Neuroprosthetics

The EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics is an interdisciplinary research center that hosts over 220 scientists, engineers and clinicians driven by the design and implementation of innovative neurotechnologies to diagnose, treat and assist people suffering from neurological disorders and trauma.

They did it again!

Colleagues from NeuroRestore and G-Lab published today in the New England Journal of Medicine their pioneering work in restoring blood pressure control in a patient suffering from Multiple System Atrophy, through spinal cord stimulation. The patient was bed-ridden and unable to stand or walk, but thanks to the intervention, she is now able to stand and walk again. Video explanation.

Joël Mesot (ETHZ), Martin Vetterli (EPFL) et Yves Flückiger (Unige) entourent Hansjörg Wyss.  © Markus Senn

Swiss Science celebrates Hansjörg Wyss

— More than half a billion Swiss francs have been granted over 10 years to groundbreaking research projects in Switzerland within three different Wyss Centers or Academy in Zurich, Geneva and Bern. This makes entrepreneur and philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss one of the major private donors for Swiss science. Wyss was celebrated as the laureate of the 2022 Gallatin Award of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce. The laudatio was given by Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin.

© 2022 Alain Herzog

Exoskeleton device helps stroke victims regain hand function

— Working closely with users and therapists, EPFL spin-off Emovo Care has developed a light and easy-to-attach hand exoskeleton for people unable to grasp objects following a stroke or accident. The device has been successfully tested in several hospitals and rehabilitation centers.

Credit: Julia Kuhl illustrations

Time to get social: tracking animals with deep learning

— Researchers at EPFL have made strides in computer-aided animal tracking by expanding their software, DeepLabCut, to offer high-performance tracking of multiple animals in videos.

Des syncopes à la marche : premiers pas après l’opération. © Jimmy Ravier / EPFL 2021

Getting up again with a severe neurodegenerative disease

— Electronic implant reactivates spinal-cord nerves of a patient with a neurodegenerative disease that causes dramatic blood pressure drops.

© Blue Brain Project

Blue Brain builds neurons with mathematics

— EPFL’s Blue Brain Project has found a way to use only mathematics to automatically draw neurons in 3D, meaning we are getting closer to being able to build digital twins of brains.

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