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Getting the "Brain in the Loop" for Direct Control of Prosthetic Limbs

Philadelphia, PA, July 27, 2011 — Patricia ShewokisResearchers at Drexel and three other universities are collaborating to engineer the next generation of artificial limbs. Dr. Patricia Shewokis, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is the lead investigator for Drexel's research team. They aim to develop a prosthetic arm that amputees can control directly with their brains, and that will allow them to feel what they touch.