Department of Neurosurgery


Lifespan, Brown research aims to restore limb function to paralyzed veterans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Lifespan’s Norman Prince Spine Institute and Brown University are working together to research the effectiveness of spinal implants on paralyzed veterans and other patients.

The Intelligent Spine Interface (ISI), developed by the Center for Innovative Neurotechnology for Neural Repair, has the potential to restore limb movement, sensation and bladder control in individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries.

‘The goal is to create an electrical bridge across the site of the spinal cord injury so that we are able to read both above and below the entry of the spine,’ explained Dr. Jared Fridley, a neurosurgeon at Lifespan and assistant professor of neurosurgery at Brown University.”

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Featured Faculty

David Borton, PhD

Assistant Professor of Engineering, School of Engineering and Carney Institute, Brown University
Biomedical Engineer, Department of Veterans Affairs

Jared S. Fridley, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Outcomes Laboratory

Featured Laboratory

Center for Innovative Neurotechnology for Neural Repair