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For the second time in a row, Wings for Life, Riders4Riders and the Marina Romoli Onlus foundation decided to join their efforts in supporting a research project of Dr. Grégoire Courtine at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPVL). Back in 2012, Courtine and his team showed that they could get paralyzed rats to walk and run well on a treadmill.

Now, the scientists refined the system which is now able to almost totally control leg movements. This real time control enables a fluid and almost natural looking movement. The system is called “personalized electrochemical neuroprosthesis”.

According to the publication in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the rats performed more than 1000 successive steps without failure, and were able to climb staircases of various heights and lengths with precision and fluidity.

Read more about the project in this abstract.

For more information about the scientist, please watch the following TED talk.