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UW-Based Center Updates Name to Highlight Role of ‘Neurotechnologies’ in Healing the Brain and Spinal Cord

By September 13, 2018No Comments

Building on seven years of research that helps patients with sensory and motor neurological disorders, the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is updating its name to the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT). The CNT, which is based at the University of Washington but includes researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, San Diego State University, Caltech and other partners, changed its name to highlight the key role that neurotechnologies play in its mission.

“In the beginning, our mission was quite broad, ranging from developing virtual reality therapies for rehabilitation to creating anthropomorphic robotic hands for amputees,” said Rajesh Rao, co-director of the CNT and a professor in the UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. “Over the years, we have narrowed our focus to maximize our impact in an area in which we are acknowledged as leaders in the field: developing neurotechnologies that can electrically record and stimulate the brain and spinal cord to repair damaged neural circuits.”

Rao and co-director Chet Moritz wanted the center’s name to reflect this shift.