Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D., is a Brazilian physician and scientist, best known for his pioneering work in “reading monkey thought”. He and his colleagues implanted electrode arrays into a monkey’s brain that were able to detect the monkey’s motor intent and thus able to control reaching and grasping movements performed by a robotic arm.
Currently, Nicolelis is a Professor of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Psychological and Brain Sciences, and serves as a Co-Director of the Center for Neuroengineering at Duke University Medical Center. In 2004, he was chosen by the journal “Science” as one of the 100 most influential scientists of the year. He also appears in the 2004 “Scientific American” listing of most influential research leaders of the year.
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