Connecting a machine to the human brain to help a person move and feel sounds like science fiction. But the work of Daniel Kramer, MD, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is in fact helping paralyzed people restore motor and sensory function.
Kramer, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the CU School of Medicine studies neural signals and communication between brain areas that produce movement and somatosensation. After spending a dedicated National Institutes of Health-funded research year at Caltech studying brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), he’s developing a BCI program at CU Anschutz. The following is a Q&A with Kramer about his research.