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Grégoire Courtine:
The paralyzed rat that walked

TEDGlobal 2013 · 14:23 · Filmed Jun 2013
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Grégoire Courtine: The paralyzed rat that walked
14:23 · Filmed June 2013 at TEDGlobal 2013 · Subtitles available in 26 languages

A spinal cord injury can sever the communication between your brain and your body, leading to paralysis. Fresh from his lab, Grégoire Courtine shows a new method — combining drugs, electrical stimulation and a robot — that could re-awaken the neural pathways and help the body learn again to move on its own. See how it works, as a paralyzed rat becomes able to run and navigate stairs.

Spinal cord researcher
Grégoire Courtine and his interdisciplinary lab imagine new ways to recover after devastating, mobility-impairing injury to the spinal cord. Full bio
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