SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego State University, Southwestern College in Chula Vista and the San Diego-based life science industry group BIOCOM will be partners in researching the brain's control of body movements, the National Science Foundation announced Thursday.
The goal of the $18.5 million study will be to translate the findings into improved prosthetics for amputees, sensor-electrode systems that reanimate paralyzed limbs and home-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries.
The project could benefit wounded soldiers, accident victims with spinal cord injuries and those who suffer from cerebral palsy, stroke, Parkinson's disease or age-related neurological disorders.
"Our ultimate goal is that we want to remotely control a robotic device through neural function, not joysticks," SDSU mechanical engineering Professor Kee Moon said.
A team of 10 SDSU mechanical and electrical engineering faculty will work on the project, using the College of Engineering's Clean Room.
"SDSU is a partner in this prestigious award because of our faculty's research, our students' excellence at impacting industry after graduation, and San Diego's business environment that is recognized globally for its entrepreneurial culture in biology, wireless technologies and software," Moon said.
Moon said SDSU's role will be to develop sensors that can be implanted into the brain, along with wireless interfaces and mathematic models of brain function.
Other research partners will be the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the University of Washington, where the Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering will be based. Area hospitals are also expected to participate.
The California Highway Patrol arrested 15 in San Diego County on suspicion of drunken driving, during the first night of its annual Thanksgiving "maximum enforcement period."
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.
A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Mountain View section of San Diego and police detained the driver, who fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a house.