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Cybathlon - the Olympics of Brain Computer Interfaces, man and machine work together

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

Release Date: 09/05/2023

Jeremy Greenberg on  Data Flows and Privacy Risks of Brain-Computer Interfaces show art Jeremy Greenberg on Data Flows and Privacy Risks of Brain-Computer Interfaces

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

Jeremy Greenberg works for the nonprofit and has written . The report is an extensive look into some of the challenges of privacy in the BCI space. Top 3 Takeaways: "A lot of the risks in this base really stem from the fact that neuro data is sensitive personal information. This is biological. It relates to mental privacy. These devices can be used to derive inferences about a person's likes their dislikes, their fears, emotions. So this is, this involves very sensitive and intimate details or inferences about an individual." "I think that the involuntary nature of this data is something...

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Tim Jorgensen on the history of bioelectronics over the centuries up to today show art Tim Jorgensen on the history of bioelectronics over the centuries up to today

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

Tim Jorgensen is the author of Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life which looks at the history of bioelectrics all the way from prehistory to the modern era. The book is very informative and shows that current neurotechnology has very deep roots. Top 3 Takeaways:  "The word electricity comes from the Greek Latin word for Amber. That's where it originally comes from because that was the only way to create it. They would rub Amber with wool and you would get static electricity" "One of these tricks actually was called the flying boy. They would suspend a child from...

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Paul Grand about bringing the world's best ecosystem to the world's best companies with Medtech Innovator show art Paul Grand about bringing the world's best ecosystem to the world's best companies with Medtech Innovator

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is the CEO of which is an accelerator for startups in the medical technology space. It has been going for many years and the companies that they select to go through the 4 month process have gone on to be very successful. Apply for this year's cohort, deadline January 31st   Top 3 Takeaways: "MedTech innovator as an accelerator is the world's largest accelerator for medical technology" "1,800 companies applied last year across all of our cohorts.  We accept around 4% of that." "Some of the benchmarks we've got: over 90 products in the market, $3.5 billion in follow on funding to...

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Yannick Roy on creating a neurotech community with over 18,000 members show art Yannick Roy on creating a neurotech community with over 18,000 members

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is the founder of which is a community of neurotechnology enthusiasts with over 18,000 members from around the world started in 2014. They have also held in-person events to help bring people together. Due to this large community, Yannick has also started NeurotechX Services which brings together this large community to help companies and people. Top 3 Takeaways:  "we don't have any outside funding, government funding. We needed to bootstrap everything. The organization was and still is mainly volunteer-driven" three pillars: community, education, and, innovation "More money isn't...

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Marc Russo on running clinical trials in Australia and the INS show art Marc Russo on running clinical trials in Australia and the INS

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is the president of the which is a nonprofit group of clinicians, scientists and engineers dedicated to the scientific development and awareness of neuromodulation. Dr Russo runs a large multidisciplinary pain clinic in Australia. He has conducted a number of first-in-man studies of novel neuromodulation implants as well as designing unique leads and waveforms in spinal cord stimulation (SCS). Top 3 Takeaways: "Over more than a 20 year journey now we understand that these patients are best treated early rather than later. The best traded with as close to zero levels of opioids. And that...

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Gautam Sadarangani on the importance of measuring and gamifying physical therapy exercises show art Gautam Sadarangani on the importance of measuring and gamifying physical therapy exercises

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is the President & COO/CTO of by BioInteractive Technologies, a digital health system that provides a better way to retrain movement for the hand, wrist, and elbow.   Top 3 Takeaways: "Our core competence here is the fact that we're able to measure the limb with sufficient accuracy and sufficient resolution for rehabilitation purposes while being very unobtrusive for the person to wear essentially 24/7" "Quantifying and motivating is a big deal. It's not different than when you're trying to lose weight and use a weighing scale. You need those parameters to tell you if you're moving...

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John Doucet on helping companies get FDA approval at MCRA show art John Doucet on helping companies get FDA approval at MCRA

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is a neuroscientist and biomedical engineer with 10+ years of FDA experience in medical device regulation, and 13+ years of Johns Hopkins experience in discovery science, and 6+ years of management experience at FDA and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has extensive knowledge of medical device regulatory pathways to drive technologies from conception to market.   Top 3 Takeaways: "That's what clients are paying for, I can detect the signal from the noise and all the stuff the company is doing, bring that to the FDA in a way that they can digest it "Everyone wants breakthrough...

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Ni-Ka Ford on the importance of medical illustration show art Ni-Ka Ford on the importance of medical illustration

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

is a that works with both 2D and 3D sketches often in the neurotech space. Top 3 Takeaways:  "I was doing an illustration for a procedure. And what happened was the surgeon actually ended up changing his manuscript after seeing my illustration." There are 4 accredited graduate programs for Medical Illustration "When I do something that's more a schematic, I could finish an illustration in maybe a week. More rendered illustrations that are high in details may take me about a month to complete."   0:45 "Can you describe what you do?" 2:45 "How did you get into this?" 5:00 "It...

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Dr Paul Tubig and Dr Darcy McCusker on neuroethics workshops show art Dr Paul Tubig and Dr Darcy McCusker on neuroethics workshops

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

and are graduates from the University of Washington. Dr Tubig now works at at Georgia Southern University teaching neuroethics and is teaching social and political philosophy, bioethics, neuroethics, and philosophy of disability.   Top 3 Takeaways: "There have been reports and testimonies of users who have experienced a sense of depersonalization, a sense of alienation and a sense that they are no longer themselves [after using implanted neurotechnology]." "It turns out that when you have an ethicist in the room, you end up asking really different kinds of questions of your...

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Seth Hays pairing VNS with rehab for better patient outomes show art Seth Hays pairing VNS with rehab for better patient outomes

Neural Implant podcast - the people behind Brain-Machine Interface revolutions

's research focus at the University of Texas at Dallas is enhancing neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to change, in order to treat neurological disease. The majority of current studies evaluate the ability of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), a putative targeted plasticity therapy, to improve recovery in models of motor dysfunction Top 3 Takeaways: "VNS itself  is not a thing unto itself. It's really the combination of VNS with the rehabilitation that's producing the effects that we see" "We think this is most effective when there's really some deficit that you have trouble...

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The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich’s Robert Reiner was one of the key figures to
initiate the Cybathlon in 2016. The Cybathlon is a unique event in the development of every-
day assistive devices in which people living with various disabilities compete while using the
latest developments. There are six disciplines from advanced wheelchairs to FES cycling. Florian
Haufe, a PhD candidate in Dr. Reiner’s lab, fills us in a little more about this premiere event and
what the expect in the 2020 competition.

Takeaways:
1. Showcase of technology for people with disabilities in the spirit of competitive sport.
2. Competitive challenges center around tasks for people with physical impairments in
every-day life and the use of assistive technology.


[0:00] Ladan introduces the episode and joins the conversation with Florian Haufe and Jen
French at RehabWeek 2019.
[1:16] Haufe tells about how he became involved in the Cybathlon and what the event is about.
[2:09} Discussion of the different competitive disciplines at the event and the tasks in the
competition highlighted the exoskeleton discipline.
[3:31] Haufe explains the scoring technique for the disciplines.
[3:51] Haufe further describes the initial event that took place in Zurich in 2016 with
competitors from academia and industry. There were 6 disciplines and over 5000 attendees.
[5:40] What makes up the team is the pilot or end user/athlete along with a technical team that
can range from students to licensed engineers to hobbyists.
[7:10] Haufe describes the overall goal of the event. Giving people with impairments a platform
for the use of assistive devices in the spirit of competition, allow technology developers to
show what their latest inventions can do and increase public awareness are the goals of the
event.
[9:24} Here are the details about the 2020 event and how to get involved. Go to
https://cybathlon.ethz.ch/cybathlon-2020.html