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São Paulo, 12/06/2014

WALK AGAIN PROJECT DEMONSTRATION IS CARRIED OUT SUCCESSFULLY

Alongside Miguel Nicolelis and the other patients involved in the project, a paraplegic boy gave the symbolic kickoff at the World Cup wearing an exoskeleton commanded by his mind

The Walk Again Project took its first big step today during the opening ceremony of the World Cup: in Corinthians Arena, alongside Miguel Nicolelis, members of the research team and the other seven patients who participated in the clinical trials, Juliano Pinto, a 29-year with complete paraplegia of the lower trunk and lower limbs, gave the symbolic kickoff at the World Cup, wearing an exoskeleton controlled by his mind.

"It was a great team effort and I would like to especially highlight the eight patients who devoted themselves intensively to this day. It was up to Juliano to wear the exoskeleton, but all of them made that shot. It was a big score by these people and by our science," concluded Nicolelis, the scientific coordinator of the project.

The gesture marks the success of this first phase of the Walk Again project, which concluded its scientific work in May, when the scientific, clinical and technological objectives were achieved. As Nicolelis had already said, "it is only the beginning of a future in which people with paralysis will be able to leave the wheelchair and literally walk again." The results will be presented to the scientific community when it is published in major scientific journals in the coming months.

The Walk Again Project is a consortium of hundreds of people from universities and research institutes around the world, under the scientific command of Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis. They are scientists and specialists of 25 nationalities from all continents. The project’s objective is to develop a brain-machine interface technology that enables people with restricted mobility – such as paraplegics – to walk again using the mind to control an external mechanism that would replace the lower limbs. Dozens of scientific papers published in the best journals in the world underpin the strategy chosen to run the project.

In Brazil, the Walk Again operation is led by ELS-IINN (Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal), in partnership with AACD (Association for Assistance to Disabled Children) in São Paulo. In January 2013, the project received investment from FINEP – Research and Innovation, which provided the necessary resources to carry out the clinical phase of the project at ELS-IINN, and for setting up the new facilities for a laboratory in São Paulo, where the team headed by Miguel Nicolelis works incessantly in developing a new form of neurorehabilitation, and an exoskeleton. The project was also sponsored by a Brazilian bank Itaú Unibanco.

Patients profile

Bruno Rodrigues

  • 26 years old
  • Live in Salto (interior of São Paulo State / Brazil)
  • Athlete
  • Injury cause: motorcycle accident in 2008

 

Carlos Eduardo de Oliveira

  • 32 years old
  • Live in Santo André (interior of São Paulo State / Brazil)
  • Injury cause: shot by gun in 2009

 

Éric Vlatkovic

  • 36 years old
  • Live in São Paulo (capital of São Paulo State / Brazil)
  • Injury cause: suffered a fall in 2011

 

Juliano Pinto

  • 29 years old
  • Live in Gália (interior of São Paulo State / Brazil)
  • Athlete
  • Injury cause: car accident  in 2006

 

Patrícia Lopes Pimentel

  • 29 years old
  • Live in São Paulo (capital of São Paulo State / Brazil)
  • Student and freelancer
  • Injury cause: hit by vehicle in 2003

 

Raimundo Reis de Macedo

  • 38 years old
  • Live in São Paulo (capital of São Paulo State / Brazil)
  • Injury cause: motorcycle accident in 2009

 

Sheila Batista

  • 31 years old
  • Live in São Paulo (capital of São Paulo State / Brazil)
  • Freelancer
  • Injury cause: suffered a fall in 2001

 

Yves Carbinatti

  • 27 years old
  • Live in Rio Claro (interior of São Paulo State / Brazil)
  • Athlete
  • Injugy cause: car accident in 2008

 

 

 

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