Center for Innovative Neurotechnology for Neural Repair


The research and goal of the Center for Innovative Neurotechnology for Neural Repair (CINNR)is the development of novel neural modulation technology for functional restoration of spine and brain injury. These technologies will be developed by working in conjunction with Neuro-Engineering at Brown.

Current work
We are currently working on the development of a technology for patients with spinal cord injury for the restoration of lower extremity use and bladder function.

Rhode Island Hospital is a principal site for a DARPA clinical trial for the development of an Intelligent Spine Interface (ISI).

Center Facilities

Our Team

Site Primary Investigator

Jared S. Fridley, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, Spinal Outcomes Laboratory
Director, Center for Innovative Neurotechnology for Neural Repair (CINNR Lab)

Study Primary Investigator

David Borton, PhD

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

Multidisciplinary Team – Sub-Investigators


Ziya Gokaslan, MD

Adetokunbo A. Oyelese, MD, PhD

Pain Medicine and Rehabilitation

Alexios Carayannopoulos, DO, MPH

Raymond M. Villalobos, MD

Physical Therapy

Linda Resnik, PT, PhD




Intelligent Spine Interface Study
Contact Information

Phone: 401-444-4362


News and Announcements

Carney scientists present their groundbreaking spinal implant research to Congress for DARPA Demo Day

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

New Generation of Intelligent Bio-Interfaces Could Overcome Aspects of Spinal Cord Injury

Health Check: Researchers work on innovative device to help with spinal cord injuries

Researchers to develop ‘intelligent spinal interface’ with $6.3 million in DARPA funding