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BrainWorks is an Emmy-award winning program for the whole family that explores the world of brain science. BrainWorks, hosted by Dr. Eric Chudler, the executive director of the University of Washington’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, seeks to both educate and entertain by following a group of kids as they learn about the brain through hands-on experiments, field trips and interviews with brain experts. Previous episodes have covered neuroscience for kids, sports-related concussions and the link between exercise and a healthy brain. The BrainWorks team is looking for your support to create a new episode about the promises and challenges of Brain-Computer Interface technology.

More than one billion people around the world suffer from neurological disorders and injuries. Many of these people have sensory and movement problems caused by stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.  Recent advances in neuroscience and engineering are working to develop a novel approach to treat these disorders called the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI). BCI technology aims to build a connection between the nervous system and a machine to restore sensorimotor function.

The new BrainWorks episode will show how brain activity is recorded, how electrical activity from the body can be used to control machines and how neurosurgeons stimulate the brain. The show will also discuss some of the ethical issues involved with BCI. The BrainWorks team would like to film the new BrainWorks episode in early 2018 and have it available for viewing by summer of 2018 both online and on television. 

There is partial funding in place with the generous support of The Dana Foundation, but we still need additional support before we can begin filming. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

BrainWorks in the WholeU 

  Published on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at 06:56 PM (PST)

A nice story about BrainWorks was published today on the UW WholeU web site! 

https://www.washington.edu/wholeu/2018/02/16/faculty-friday-eric-chudler/



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