DR. JOHN DONOGHUE, director of the Brown Institute of Brain Science, led the research team that enabled a paralyzed woman to use her brain power alone to control a robotic arm and drink from a thermos of coffee. The experiment showed that brain cells still produce meaningful signals even after going unused for years.Donoghue was elected to the Institute of Medicine on Oct. 15
PROVIDENCE – John Donoghue, director of the Brown Institute of Brain Science and the Henry Merritt Wriston Professor of Neuroscience and Engineering at Brown University, was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine, one of the National Academies of Science.
Established in 1970, the Institute of Medicine has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.
Donoghue joins four other Brown colleagues as active members of the Institute of Medicine. “I am honored to receive this high recognition and to become part of an organization so dedicated to advancing progress in science, medicine and health care,” said Donoghue.
Donoghue also pioneered and co-leads research on BrainGate, an investigational brain-computer interface now in clinical trials that is designed to help people with severe paralysis regain the ability to communicate and control their environment.
Donoghue was one of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates announced on Oct. 15, bringing its total membership to 1,928.
“Through their research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others,” said Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg.