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Published on December 13, 2007

RIC's Dr. Todd Kuiken Named to Scientific American 50 List

Dr. Todd Kuiken

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), ranked the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America," announced today that international research pioneer, Todd Kuiken, M.D. Ph.D., has been named to the 2007 “Scientific American 50” list for his discoveries in neuro-controlled prosthetics, which provide patients more natural and advanced control of prosthetic arms.

The “Scientific American 50” awards recognize research, business and policy contributions from individuals and organizations over the past year that have affected science and technology and have exceptional potential to improve society.

In 2003, Dr. Kuiken, director of the RIC Neural Engineering Center for Bionic Medicine, unveiled Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR), a technique involving the transfer of residual nerves from an amputated limb to unused muscle and skin regions in appropriate proximity to the injury.

Through this unique technique, patients are able to control advanced prosthetic arms simply by thinking about it.
RIC is a collaborator in the DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics project in hopes to build the world’s most advanced prosthetic arms.