Grégoire Courtine is an Associate Professor at the Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL). In 2012, he accepted from the International Paraplegic Foundation the Chair in Spinal Cord Repair at EPFL’s Centre of Neuroprosthetics and the Brain Mind Institute.
Initially, his study focused on the understanding of the neural networks of locomotion and neuronal plasticity and the potential of effective rehabilitation of locomotion. Grégoire Courtine became internationally famous when he succeeded to recover mobility in paraplegic rats, using cerebral implants.
In November 2016, Courtine announced on Nature that he had executed this deed in monkeys, a feat that was received with great repercussion from worldwide media. The treatment is a potential boon for immobile patients: Courtine has already started a trial in Switzerland, using a pared-down version of the technology in two people with spinal-cord injury.
Having received numerous prizes, such as the 2007 UCLA Chancellor’s Award and the Schellenberg Prize in 2009, Grégoire Courtine’s work is indeed impressive and the clinic potencial of his accomplishments in the treatment of paralisis are really remarkable.
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