The Fourth IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics

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Boretius, Tim (University of Freiburg), Yoshida, Ken (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)), Badia, Jordi (University of Barcelona), Harreby, Kristian (University of Aalborg), Kundu, Aritra (University of Aalborg), Navarro, Xavier (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona), Jensen, Winnie (University of Aalborg), Stieglitz, Thomas (University of Freiburg)

A Transverse Intrafascicular Multichannel Electrode (TIME) to Treat Phantom Limb Pain – towards Human Clinical Trials

Scheduled for presentation during the Plenary Session "Rehabilitation Robotics I" (MoA1), Monday, June 25, 2012, 10:30−10:45, Aula Magna

Fourth IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, June 24-27, 2012, Roma, Italy

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Keywords Prosthetic devices, Neuroengineering, Micro/nano technologies in medicine and biology


Over the last three years, a novel type of intraneural electrode was developed to interface peripheral nerves in upper limb amputees who suffer from phantom limb pain (PLP). In general, the presented interface is an advancement of the thin-film LIFE electrode that was successfully used in amputees a couple of years ago. Although the LIFE concept proved to be effective, the longitudinal orientation of the implant precluded spatial selectivity in more than one fascicle. Therefore, a transversal approach is presented in its third version that will be implanted in human median and ulnar nerves within the European project “TIME” in Rome later this year (2012). The present paper will outline the design, assemblage technologies and full electrochemical characterization of the TIME-3H electrode for sub-chronic (<30 days) human implants.



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