along with other NGO

along with other NGOs such as Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and Sanjha Kadam.

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For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related News Scientists almost always think they need more money for research so a report today from England’s Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) isn’t a big surprise in that regard It predictably calls for additional funding of surgical research Still it makes some compelling points Titled From Theory to Theatre: Overcoming barriers to innovation in surgery the report argues that spending on surgical research in the United Kingdom is pitiful: the two big medical research funders in the country devoted just $41 million to surgical work in 2008-2009 out of a nearly $25 billion budget Only 11 surgical trials got UK funding in 2009 Surgical research can be ethically fraught and expensive two reasons why it might get short shrift Furthermore the report argues the surgical culture "is not always conducive to supporting research with surgeons themselves not always acting as effective advocates for or champions of surgical research and evidence-based surgery"—that’s arguably a delicate way of saying that surgeons favor their own pet techniques and aren’t interested in modifying them Surgical trials have made some headway in the United States particularly to test cutting-edge science: whether gastric bypass surgery can cure diabetes for example or whether fetuses with serious health conditions can be helped by surgery before birth RCS suggests that one way to improve things on its side of the pond is to get surgeons participating in research during their training and making research activities a factor in hiring The report also notes that some major funders stipulate that grantees devote 60% to 80% of their time to research a commitment that the RCS argues is not realistic for many surgeons The report calls for funders to therefore be more flexible in their grant requirements During the World Cup next week there may be 1 minute during the opening ceremony when the boisterous stadium crowd in So Paulo falls silent: when a paraplegic young person wearing a brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton attempts to rise from a wheelchair walk several steps and kick a soccer ball The neuroscientist behind the planned event Miguel Nicolelis is familiar with the spotlight His lab at Duke University in Durham North Carolina pioneered brain-computer interfaces using surgically implanted electrodes to read neural signals that can control robotic arms Symbolically the project is a homecoming for Nicolelis He has portrayed it as a testament to the scientific progress and potential of his native Brazil where he founded and directs the International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal The press has showered him with attention and the Brazilian government chipped in nearly $15 million in support But scientifically the project is a departure Nicolelis first intended the exoskeleton to read signals from implanted electrodes but decided instead to use a noninvasive EEG sensor cap That drew skepticism from Nicolelis’s critics—and he has a few—that the system wouldn’t really be a scientific advance Others have developed crude EEG-based exoskeletons they note and it will be impossible to tell from the demo how this system compares A bigger concern is that the event could generate false hope for paralyzed patients and give the public a skewed impression of the field’s progress As his team prepares for the 12 June kick Nicolelis gives Science a hint of the technology under the hood and defends his decision to arrange such a conspicuous debut for a tool still in the early stages of development This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity Q: Getting down to the last few weeks before the kick how is the project progressing A: The scientific the clinical and the technological milestones have been concluded so we’re pretty happy Our eight patients have all experienced walking in the exo[skeleton] They all had sensations that made them report that they felt like they were walking by themselves Q: What’s your primary goal with this demonstration A: My primary goal is to disseminate the passion for science around the world I want people to know that in a country like Brazil that is well known for football you can also do high-level science and that high-level science can be produced by a global collaboration in a nonprofit consortium Q: Are you hoping to demonstrate anything to the scientific community A: Not in the stadium We are going to demonstrate a very beautiful thing but the demonstration for the scientific community will come in the papers that will come afterward … But we are not preparing this for peer review This is a show for the world Q: How does a person move the exoskeleton and what can they control A: The person has to imagine movements and these movements are translated into commands that enact the movements in the exo It’s a concept that we published way back in 2002 called shared control Part of the higher order decision is done by the brain and the low-level movement is enacted by the robot [High-order decisions include] “start walking” “stop walking” “accelerate” “slow down” “turn left” “turn right” “kick the ball” Q: How is this system different from other exoskeletons out there A: There are several differences I don’t know any other exoskeleton that is taking commands from the patient’s brain to be activated move and stop kick a ball turn Number two is this thing that we call artificial skin … When the foot touches the ground there is a wave of signals that are generated and they are delivered to the arms of the subject through a shirt that contains small mechanical vibration devices The patients’ brains after a few sessions of training associate these vibrations in the arms with either movements of the leg or touching the ground So we documented plasticity in the brain of the patient That feedback creates a higher order control loop that allows them to perform much better than if they didn’t have the feedback Besides the improvements in motor performance they have a much more vivid sensation that instead of being carried by a machine they are literally doing it themselves Q: What if the brain signals the person gives on the field under pressure are different from the signals in previous tests A: We created a virtual reality room in our lab here in So Paulo where a soccer stadium is simulated while they’re doing the task So we put the noise of football fans celebrating we put flashes of lights … If you can do this EEG task while listening to Turkish football fans like they did which are the loudest fans in the world this crowd in Brazil will look like an elementary school class in comparison Even if they’re screaming with the full strength of their Brazilian lungs it doesn’t get close to the Turkish guys I can tell you We measured Q: You originally intended to use implanted electrodes Why the shift to EEG A: When I saw the results of other groups that published invasive technologies in humans they were really mediocre and not worth the risks of implants So I decided that it was good in the case of locomotion to start with the known phase of technology We saw that we had a new algorithm for EEG that could do more than I thought we could do before Q: You have been critical of using EEG in neuroprosthetics A: Yes I was—and I am—for upper limb control if you want to reproduce every detail of the kinematics That is a bogus debate because I’m doing locomotion which is a completely different movement For the upper limbs everybody knows that if you’re inside the brain you get much better results in terms of predicting the entire trajectory I published tons of papers on this I pioneered the field so I know what this is about Unfortunately in the US there is such a belligerent competitive environment Some neuroscientists cannot take the fact that we are doing something different Q: Some have expressed concern that a very high-profile demonstration might give the public an unrealistic expectations A: Francis Collins the director of NIH [the National Institutes of Health] was visiting our lab 2 weeks ago He was in Brazil and he made a point to come over here just to see that And he loved it He said it was a really great idea to profile science in a big sports event to give something different to the public for the entire world to see how well science can do and what great things we can expect in the future So you can ask him directly He was here he gave a press conference to the entire Brazilian press lauding the effort and emphasizing that after 20-some years that NIH funded me in the United States he was very proud and happy to see that a clinical application had come out of this We need to make kids love science and we need to give back to society a feeling that we are doing something with the taxpayer’s’ money So I think the complaints you get are from people that could not make it to this stage because they didn’t have quite a good enough idea to make it There’s a name for it in English too You can find it in the dictionary We have it in Portuguese here It’s called sour grapes I wouldn’t have been able perhaps to do this in the United States today because its hypercompetitive climate is basically killing basic science and the possibility of doing daring demonstrations like this I’m trying to showcase the importance of science for society and what it can do for mankind Q: Are you concerned that people watching won’t understand how much control the person has over the movement of the exoskeleton A: No because I have been very vocal and very open here in Brazil and all over showing what is real what is a possibility right now This is just to raise awareness for the fact that we have 20 to 25 million people paralyzed around the world and that science if properly funded and supported can do something about it If we start now—this is just a symbolic first kick—we may be able to do something in the next few years Q: When the last game of the World Cup is played what’s next for your team A: After we sleep for 2 weeks once we get this done we’re going to go back to work … We have mountains of data that nobody has ever seen So we’ll be writing a lot of papers and then we’ll be working with the patients to perfect other details of the exoskeleton and to get more clinical data from them Q: Brazil will host the Olympics in 2016 Do you have any plans for a demonstration there A: Oh sure We have plans Our good friends would love to know them but we’ll tell them in due time … I’ll let the critics have one more month of good sleep An abridged version of this interview appears in the 6 June issue of ScienceWritten by Georgina Maddox | Published: April 11 2009 2:19 am Related News High end publications hit the market for collectors of quality Imagine having the complete works of painter Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarrotiin a book that is over a foot longor possessing a signed copy of the definitive biography on the life of Brazilian footballerEdison 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