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Published on January 06, 2010

RIC's Bionics Featured in National Geographic

RIC's Bionics Featured in National Geographic

Photo Credit: Mark Thiessen, National Geographic

RIC's pioneering work in bionics is recognized around the world for helping amputees regain natural function through the use of neural-controlled prosthetics. This cutting- edge science is featured on the cover of January's National Geographic Magazine.

This in-depth cover story, “Merging Man and Machine”, features the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) procedure developed by Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, director of the Neural Engineering Center for Bionic Medicine at RIC. Dr. Kuiken and his team are highlighted for the breakthrough work they are doing exemplified through patient Amanda Kitts, a Tennessee mom and business-owner that lost her arm, but received the TMR procedure and works continuously with Kuiken's team to improve and refine this technology.

The TMR procedure is available as a clinical procedure at RIC for any amputee that is deemed medically appropriate.

The hand system featured on the cover was developed by Richard F. ff. Weir, PhD, director of RIC's Biomechatronics Lab, which was chosen for the final limb system for DARPA's Revolutionizing Prosthetics program.