The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Presents a briefing on “Mind Over Matter” by Dr. Krishna Shenoy from Stanford University. Brain-controlled prostheses are one of the hottest areas in neuroscience, and Dr. Krishna Shenoy is on the leading edge of this science. Brain-computer interface (BCI) or a brain-machine interface is a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device. BCIs are allowing people to operate computers, write emails, and drive wheelchairs with nothing but their thoughts. While this may sound like science fiction, the pace of progress in this field of research has been accelerating, delivering dazzling headlines seemingly by the week. Yet challenges still exist if we are to see full clinical application, and Dr. Shenoy discusses the hurdles that remain in this area of research.
The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus provides a forum where Members and staff can interact directly with preeminent researchers responsible for important scientific discoveries. Many of the stunning advances, made possible by NIH funding, highlighted in these presentations have led to improved understanding of the cause, treatment, and prevention of human disease.