STEM research just reached a whole new level thanks to Senior researcher Dr. Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University Center of Neuroengineering. Recently he and his team of scientist disclosed a study involving 8 paralyzed people and a virtual reality apparatus. The virtual reality body suit dealt primarily with increasing brain to spinal cord nerve connections. Contrary to previous beliefs, researchers have found that some damaged spinal cord nerves become dormant rather than inadequate. Likewise, the newly conducted research has showed vast improvements after realizing that virtual reality can “wake up” some of these dormant nerves so that paralyzed patients can one day use limbs that weren’t previously moving. The study conducted was based on a year’s worth of data so we’re excited to see how many more improvements will manifest from this innovative technology and research!
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