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Class of 2019 Graduate Gives Presentation on Brain-Computer Interface

On Friday, April 9, 2021, Grier Class of 2019 graduate Noah L. gave a virtual presentation on Brain-Computer Interface to neurobiology teacher Dr. Nancy Burke and a group of Grier students interested in pursing careers related to medicine, neuroscience, and biology.

A entry in the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience defines a brain-computer interface (BCI), as "a system that measures activity of the central nervous system (CNS) and converts it into artificial output that replaces, restores, enhances, supplements, or improves natural CNS output, and thereby changes the ongoing interactions between the CNS and its external or internal environment."
With further studies, such as those on-going at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere, BCIs have the potential to significantly improve the lives of people with neuromuscular disabilities and disorders that include paralysis, stroke, and Parkinsons' disease. Through BCI, it is possible for severely paralyzed people to communicate and express thoughts through word processing programs and to control neuroprostheses. 

Noah is at sophomore at Johns Hopkins University double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience with a minor in Computer Science and is president and founder of the JHU Brain-Computer Interface Society. 

Thank you, Noah, for staying connected to Grier and providing us with insight to this fascinating technology. 

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