Miguel A. L. Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D.


Cerebrum - 090814 - author - featureMiguel A. L. Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D., is the Duke School of Medicine Professor of Neuroscience; professor of neurobiology, biomedical engineering, and psychology and neuroscience; and founder of the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering. He is founder and scientific director of the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal. Nicolelis is also founder of the Walk Again Project, an international consortium of scientists and engineers dedicated to the development of an exoskeleton device to assist severely paralyzed patients in regaining full-body mobility. Nicolelis, who proposed and demonstrated that animals and human subjects can utilize their electrical brain activity to directly control neuroprosthetic devices via brain-machine interfaces (BMI), is a member of the French and Brazilian Academies of Science, holds three U.S. patents, and has been published in Nature, Science, and Scientific American.