Cleveland FES Center

Cleveland FES Center

Cleveland FES Center

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The Cleveland FES Center provides a critical mass dedicated to the advancement of neuro-augmentation and neuro-prosthetic solutions, developing technological solutions that improve the quality of life of individuals with neruological or musculoskeletal impairments through the use of functional electrical stimulation and enabling the transfer of this technology into clinical deployment.

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The Cleveland FES Center is a consortium of three nationally recognized institutions: , and .


Established in 1991, the Center focuses on the application of electrical currents to either generate or suppress activity in the nervous system. This technique is known as functional electrical stimulation (FES). FES can produce and control the movement of otherwise paralyzed limbs for standing and hand grasp, activate visceral bodily functions such as bladder control or respiration, create perceptions such as skin sensibility, arrest undesired activity such as pain or spasm, and facilitate natural recovery and accelerate motor relearning.

The Functional Electrical Stimulation Center was founded to introduce FES into clinical practice, translating fundamental knowledge of electrical stimulation of paralyzed nerves and muscles into useful systems that enhanced the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities.

For over three decades, researchers and clinicians of the Cleveland FES Center have impacted virtually every aspect of implanted functional...
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