Patient needed for New Implant:
We are looking for locked-in individuals who wish to become involved in a research program that aims to restore their speech. We intend to implant the Neural Operating System in the brain’s speech cortex with the aim of providing the person with 20 simple and useful words that he or she can produce at a near-conversational rate. The Neural Operating System consists of the Neurotrophic Electrode and implantable electronics that wirelessly transmit the neural signals across the scalp to a receiver and a computer with software that converts the pattern of neural signal firings into speech that is fed back to the person through the computer speakers. It is intended to implant three electrodes in the speech motor cortex (along with three electronic modules). The speech cortex is just above the left ear in right hand dominant persons.
We seek one person who can still speak but will gradually become mute. Such people typically suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease, commonly known as ALS or motor neuron disease. Such people usually lose their ability to breathe at about the same time they lose their ability to speak. They often decide not to go on the necessary ventilator and allow themselves to die. Having the ability to speak and therefore interact in a more human way with family and caregivers, access a computer and control their environment, changes that equation. A volunteer for this research will need to be prepared to go on a ventilator at some later time, though a decision to refuse a ventilator of course will be honored.
Full details of the procedure and training are available by email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Copies of the consent document and other details are freely available. If the person wishes to learn more after reading these documents, Dr. Kennedy will visit and speak personally and answer all questions. The implant is free of charge. This is a research project and no guarantees can be given as to the outcome.
We replaced ER's electronics on May 4th 2013 in Belize City, Belize. We are now recording successfully from 21 single units and using LFPs also. Our efforts are directed towards restoring speech. The specific aim on ER is to allow him to produce a few useful short words. Units are undergoing conditioning at the moment and results will be presented at the SFN meeting on Saturday afternoon, 9th November 2013. Also see www.neuralsignalsdonate.com for more details on the story of ER.
2013: Lectures at Oxford University, University of New Castle, England, and Tyndall Institute, Ireland, in February.
2012 : Society for Neuroscience, three posters due October 13th to 17th.
2012 : Lecture at Oxford University England on the Speech Prosthesis, due September 21st.
2012 : Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Panel Member presentation, San Diego, August 30th.
2012 : Neural Prosthesis Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, June
2011: Society for Neuroscience, two poster presentations, Sunday and Wednesday. November 12th to 16th.
2010 : A new Power Point presentation named "NSI - Speech Study", narrated by Dr. Kennedy is now available for download. To obtain download instructions, please email Info@NeuralSignals.com.
2009: Speech Prosthesis work by Neural Signals and Frank Guenther featured in articles in Scientific American Mind, Esquire, and Discover magazines during September 2008.
2008: Online production of speech with audio feedback to the subject was achieved on Feb 14, 2008. Video and report linked at Boston University lab website here. See references underResearch Tab
2007: Feedback of speech to the subject has been achieved offline using simple phonemes with the help of our collaborators from Boston University, Prof. Frank Guenther and Jonathan Brumberg. November 2007. CNN highlights this work, report and video linked here.
2007: Speech Restoration work by Neural Signals to be featured in the PBS documentary 22nd Century, on January 17, 2007.
2006: Speech Restoration Project featured in the BBC documentary Horizon, Oct 24, 2006 on BBC Two.
2005: Featured in Neurotech Business Report July 2005.
2004: World’s first implant for speech restoration Dec. 2004.
Featured in Neurotech Business Report - July 2005 World's first implant for speech restoration - Dec. 2004