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Alumnus Donates Brain-Computer Interface Technology to Tufts


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Dun & Bradstreet Vice Chairman Jeff Stibel

Former Chairman Jeff Stibel said it is important that BrainGate's implantable technology "is protected and responsibly developed."

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Tufts University alumnus Jeff Stibel and his business partners donated BrainGate Inc. and its patented technology to the university. BrainGate's technology uses micro-electrodes implanted in the brain to let humans operate external devices such as computers or robotic arms with their thoughts. BrainGate has received FDA approval to conduct human trials of brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies.

Stibel also donated funds to launch the Stibel Dennett Consortium, a research hub that will build upon the BrainGate technology to advance the study of brain and cognitive science. He also endowed two new professorships. Gina Kuperberg has been appointed the inaugural Dennett Stibel Professor of Cognitive Science, and Stephanie Badde has been named the Stibel Family Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science.

"BrainGate is on the cutting edge of cognitive science and implantable brain technology, and it is important to us that it is protected and responsibly developed," Stibel said. "I believe this donation will lead to a world in which those afflicted with neurologic disease or serious injury will be able to communicate and control advanced prosthetics by using just their mind."

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