PROVIDENCE – Dr. Tommy Sowers, the assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, toured Brown University’s BrainGate laboratories on June 27 to observe brain-computer interface systems that use neural activity for three-dimensional control of robotic arms.
The BrainGate initiative is a collaborative program between Brown, the VA and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Sowers also visited the campus of the Providence VA Medical Center, where he visited the VA’s Center of Excellence for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology. During the tour, he received demonstrations of several projects involving robotics rehabilitation and gait analysis.
The Center of Excellence is a collaboration among the Providence VA Medical Center, the Brown Institute for Brain Science at Brown University, Butler Hospital, Lifespan, and Mass. General •