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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 10
  May 10, 2013
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My Robot, Myself
Body Re-engineering Leaps Toward the Future

Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings of Johns Hopkins

Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings of Johns Hopkins

Science is the superhero in this story. A recent Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) forum in Lister Hill Auditorium invited experts in engineering, neurobiology and surgery to discuss progress in robotics, brain-machine interfaces and powered prosthetic limbs.

The cool factor was off the charts. Some highlights:

Building neurons in silica. To make fully neurally integrated prosthetics, said engineer Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings of Johns Hopkins University, we need to link thoughts to actions, sensors to feelings and to let the brain know where limbs and joints are in space.

“We are working towards…machines whose signaling and encoding are no different from what you find in the brain itself,” said Etienne-Cummings. “For that we have to go and look at nature and how it’s constructed.”
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Women’s History Month
Villa-Komaroff Celebrates a Life in Science

Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff

Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff

“There’s nothing as thrilling as getting up one morning, going into the laboratory and, in my case, opening an incubator and taking out a plate and realizing that you have something that nobody else has and nobody else knows,” said Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff at a recent lecture in observance of Women’s History Month. “I’ve had a couple of those moments and that’s a great gift.”
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