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Dr. Hunter Peckham receives $7.5 million grant

​P. Hunter Peckham, PhD, Co-Director of the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute, received funding to initiate a multi-center clinical trial of the Network Neuroprosthesis, an implantable electrical stimulation system that can provide hand grasp and reach, trunk stability, bladder function, and respiratory function for individuals with tetraplegia (both arms and legs paralyzed).

The clinical trial will focus on hand grasp and reach.

MetroHealth will be the lead site and will train at least two other sites in the implantation, training, and assessment of this system. At the conclusion of the project, preparations will be completed for further expansion to a Pivotal Clinical Trial in order to collect the data necessary for full regulatory approval and market release. The multi-center trial is funded by the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke through the “CREATE” program.

The proposal is a five-year project with $7.5 million in total funding.

Dr. Peckham is Distinguished University Professor, Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Orthopedics, Executive Director of the Institute for Functional Restoration and Principal Investigator in the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center at Case Western Reserve University.