Brain Computer Interfaces in Neurological Disease

(non-CME activity)

Date/Time: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Level: Pre-Meeting Symposium
Room: Majestic D
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Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) are an emerging class of medical devices that translate brain signals into the control of external devices or convert external stimuli into the activation of brain areas. As such, they carry the potential to replace lost motor and sensory functions due to neurological injuries either by enabling direct brain control of prostheses or by delivering artificial sensation. After decades of research and development in neuroscience and biomedical engineering labs around the world, BCI technology is maturing and such devices have started to enter human clinical studies and clinical trials as a novel means to address neurological deficits. Examples of clinical BCI applications have included the replacement or augmentation of arm, leg, and speech function, as well as of vision and tactile sensation. This symposium will illustrate notable examples of BCI devices, their underlying physiological basis of operation, and how they may change the clinical practice of neurology in the near future.


  • Participants will understand the physiological basis of BCI devices.
    Participants will become familiar with how BCI systems can potentially help replace lost motor and sensory functions.
    Participants will become familiar with how BCI systems may augment residual function in those with partial neurological deficits.