The mission at the “G-Lab” is to find ways to restore voluntary motor functions in people with spinal cord injuries. The lab’s team of researchers took a huge leap forward toward their goal last year when they restored voluntary locomotion in rats with paralyzing spinal cord injuries.
â€œAfter a couple of weeks of neurorehabilitation with a combination of a robotic harness and electrical-chemical stimulation, our rats are not only voluntarily initiating a walking gait, but they are soon sprinting, climbing up stairs and avoiding obstacles when stimulated,â€ Dr. Gregoire Courtine said in an interview with EPFL media.
What’s more, A-M Systems electrophysiology instruments were used during the experiment (ScienceÂ 336, 1182 (2012); doi: 10.1126/science. 1217416).
Can you identify which instrument was used? Watch the video below.