John Donoghue

John Donoghue, Director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science at Brown University, will explore amazing mind-body connections through advanced neurotechnology, and what these connections imply for our understanding of that supreme mystery, the human brain. 
Computational neuroscientist John Donoghue investigates how the brain turns thought into voluntary motor behavior. A leader in the field of the brain-machine interface, John is developing BrainGate, a neurotechnology that allows paralyzed humans to directly control computers and robots via brain implants. It was in John’s lab at Brown University, where he is director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, that a woman who had been paralyzed for over 15 years used a robotic arm to lift and drink—without spilling—her afternoon coffee. John envisions a future where people with paralyzing injuries are no longer limited by severed connections between their brain and body.
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Brain-Machine Scientist