Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering

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Non-invasive Ring Electrode with a Wireless Electrical Recording and Stimulating System for Monitoring Preterm Labor
Preterm labor and birth are the primary causes of neonatal morbidities and mortalities. The early detection and treatment of preterm uterine muscular contraction are crucial for the management of preterm labor. In this work, a ring electrode with a wireless electrical recording and stimulating (RE-WERS) system was designed, fabricated, and investigated for the noninvasive monitoring of uterine contraction/relaxation as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for preterm labor... Read more
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Functional selectivity of lumbosacral stimulation: Methodological approach and pilot study to assess visceral function in pigs
Nearly all spinal cord injured (SCI) individuals lose bladder control and are prone to kidney complications if intermittent catheterization is not applied. Electrical stimulation (ES) of the sacral anterior roots with an implantable neuroprosthesis is one means to restore continence... Read more
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Integrating Brain Implants with Local and Distributed Computing Devices: A Next Generation Epilepsy Management System
                          Brain stimulation has emerged as an effective treatment for a wide range of neurological and psychiatric diseases. Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and essential tremor have FDA indications for electrical brain stimulation using intracranially implanted electrodes. Interfacing implantable brain devices with local... Read more
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Accelerometer Based Assessment of Intestinal Peristalsis: Towards Miniaturized Low Power Solutions for Intestinal Implants
    Intestinal electrical stimulation via implants is already used to treat several disorders like constipation or incontinence. Stimulation parameters are most often empiric and not based on systematic studies. One prerequisite to evaluate effects of intestinal electrical stimulation is a direct... Read more
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Electrical Stimulation of the Human Cerebral Cortex by Extracranial Muscle Activity: Effect Quantification with Intracranial EEG and FEM Simulations
Lukas D.J. Fiederer, Jacob Lahr, Johannes Vorwerk, Felix Lucka, Ad Aertsen, Carsten H. Wolters, Andreas Schulze-Bonhage, Tonio Ball, University of Freiburg, Germany, University of Münster, Germany, University of Utah, USA, University College London, England Multiple studies have shown that chewing has various effects... Read more
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Semiparametric Identification of Human Arm Dynamics for Flexible Control of a Functional Electrical Stimulation Neuroprosthesis
We present a method to identify the dynamics of a human arm controlled by an implanted functional electrical stimulation neuroprosthesis. The method uses Gaussian process regression to predict shoulder and elbow torques given the shoulder and elbow joint positions and... Read more
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Thalamic Visual Prosthesis
Hieu T. Nguyen, Siva M. Tangutooru, Corey M. Rountree, Andrew J. Kantzos, Faris Tarlochan, W. Jong Yoon, and John B. Troy, Northwestern University We consider the proposal that a visual prosthesis which interfaces with the thalamic visual center of the brain... Read more
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neuroBi: A Highly Configurable Neurostimulator for a Retinal Prosthesis and Other Applications
This paper presents an innovative neurostimulator for use with a suprachoroidal retinal prosthesis. Clinical test results are described which show it to be effective in eliciting visual percepts in a profoundly vision-impaired subject with approximately 20 years of light perception... Read more
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Fine-Wire Electromyography Response to Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in the Triceps Surae
Abstract Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) has previously been used to enhance venous return from the lower leg. By artificially activating lower leg muscles, venous blood may be effectively ejected from the muscle and adjacent veins. It could easily be assumed that... Read more
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Optimizing the Electrical Stimulation of Retinal Ganglion Cells
Abstract Epiretinal prostheses aim to restore visual perception in the blind through electrical stimulation of surviving retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). While the effects of several waveform parameters (e.g., phase duration) on stimulation efficacy have been described, their relative influence remains unclear.... Read more