[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
83°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
October 17
1837 - Trapper Peter LaBeck killed by grizzly bear at El Tejon [story]


[Valencia, Jan. 16] – The Alfred Mann Foundation today announced the first subject, a U.S. Marine, SSgt James Sides, as a recipient of its highly anticipated IMES System (implantable myoelectric sensor) – an experimental system that holds the promise of being the first minimally invasive, intuitive, multi-channel control system for prosthetics intended for long term use.

The IMES System is currently being studied under the Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). AMF’s ongoing trial with injured veterans at the Walter Reed National Medical Military Center anticipates subjects intuitively operating three different prosthetic movements simultaneously: opening and closing the hand, rotating the wrist, and moving the thumb. Combining these three movements enables several grasps that are invaluable for performing everyday tasks.

imes_mannThe IMES System takes advantage of electro-chemical signals that occur when a muscle contracts. The IMES implants, which are small capsules about 16mm long and 2mm wide, are placed into the residual muscles of an amputated limb, where they detect contractions that are used to elicit specific movements in the part of the limb that is no longer there. These signals are captured and wirelessly transmitted from the implanted sensor to a decoder box, which serves as an electronic brain. The IMES System bridges the brain to the artificial limb, enabling the signals sent from the brain to the remaining portions of the amputated muscles to intuitively control the prosthesis without the need for invasive brain or muscle reinnervation surgery.

The IMES system is designed currently to provide up to three distinct movements (or degrees of freedom) that can occur simultaneously. Future systems are targeting up to 13 simultaneous degrees of freedom and the ability to combine pre-programmed patterned movements that will potentially enable advanced prosthetic devices to achieve performances that in many instances will be as fluid and effective as an intact limb.

The IMES system is intended to address many of the shortcomings of current myoelectric control systems which are limited in function because the muscle signals are detected by electrodes placed on the surface of the skin – sweat, movement between the electrode and the skin, and limited access to only large muscles close to the surface of the skin.  These limitations make control non-intuitive, inconsistent, and unreliable.

“I am deeply committed to improving the health and well-being of my patients,” said Retired Army Colonel Paul F. Pasquina, M.D., Principle Investigator and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University and former Chief of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“I was thrilled with the idea of collaborating with AMF and leading the IMES project. It holds great promise for future of amputees, and overcomes several of the flaws that exist with the other “thought-controlled” systems available today. I couldn’t be happier with how quickly our first subject has adapted.”

“This is exciting and promising work, and the AMF team of IMES investigators are confident that this technology will result in a new and improved class of prosthetic devices for both upper and lower limb amputees,” stated David Hankin, Chief Executive Officer of the Alfred Mann Foundation.”

 

About the Alfred Mann Foundation

alfredmannFounded in 1985 by serial healthcare entrepreneur Alfred Mann, the Alfred Mann Foundation for Scientific Research (AMF) is a 501(c)(3) translational research and development organization dedicated to developing medical products to address unmet medical needs and ensure that those products are commercialized and made available to the public.  For more information, please visit http://aemf.org/.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. Congrats to the team at AMF! The work you do impacts the lives of so many. Thank you for doing for our troops what we cannot. God bless you all!

Leave a Comment


LOCAL BUSINESS LINKS
LOCAL BUSINESS HEADLINES
FINANCIALS OF LOCAL INTEREST
MARKETS & METALS
STOCKS OF LOCAL INTEREST
Bank Santa Clarita17.50  chart +0.00%
Biosolar Inc Com Usd0.0001(post0.04  chart +0.00%
Sierra Bancorp27.34  chart -1.05%
Cu Bancorp (ca)36.75  chart -2.13%
Flex Ltd. - Ordinary Shares17.60  chart -0.06%
Mission Vly Bcp Ca14.15  chart +0.00%
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated92.18  chart +0.71%
Tejon Ranch Co19.09  chart -2.20%
Us Energy Initiative0.0008  chart +14.29%
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.9.40  chart -0.53%

Apple Inc.160.47  chart +0.37%
At&t Inc.36.23  chart +0.17%
Autonation, Inc.44.84  chart +1.56%
Best Buy Co., Inc.54.65  chart -0.47%
Big Lots, Inc.51.50  chart +0.27%
Barnes & Noble, Inc.7.35  chart +0.68%
Brady Corporation38.25  chart -0.78%
Boston Scientific Corporation29.40  chart +0.82%
Brookfield Asset Management Inc42.82  chart +0.45%
Cbre Group Inc Class A39.66  chart +0.35%
Carnival Corporation68.13  chart -0.16%
Comcast Corporation36.47  chart -0.38%
Costco Wholesale Corporation158.38  chart -0.27%
Curtiss-wright Corporation113.54  chart -0.05%
Cvs Health Corporation72.63  chart +0.26%
Cemex, S.a.b. De C.v. Sponsored8.09  chart +3.59%
D.r. Horton, Inc.41.49  chart +0.29%
Walt Disney Company (the)98.36  chart +0.23%
Edison International77.60  chart -0.05%
Hyatt Hotels Corporation Class 61.70  chart +0.34%
Home Depot, Inc. (the)163.35  chart -0.53%
Kb Home27.17  chart +0.04%
Kroger Company (the)20.48  chart +0.20%
Lennar Corporation Class A55.97  chart +0.20%
Laboratory Corporation Of Ameri149.73  chart +0.04%
Lowe's Companies, Inc.81.11  chart -0.11%
Mannkind Corporation4.75  chart -12.36%
Marriott International115.04  chart +0.25%
Mcdonald's Corporation165.40  chart +0.24%
Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group,6.51  chart -1.06%
Netflix, Inc.199.48  chart -1.58%
Office Depot, Inc.3.76  chart -0.53%
Rite Aid Corporation1.81  chart -2.69%
Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.30.26  chart -0.33%
Regal Entertainment Group Class16.03  chart -1.11%
Ross Stores, Inc.63.24  chart +0.52%
Republic Services, Inc.62.99  chart +0.37%
Starbucks Corporation54.51  chart -0.73%
Smart & Final Stores, Inc.6.75  chart +1.50%
Sears Holdings Corporation5.79  chart -3.34%
Six Flags Entertainment Corpora59.90  chart -2.62%
Sonova N175.30  chart +1.04%
Staples, Inc.10.25  chart +0.10%
Sunpower Corporation6.77  chart +0.45%
Target Corporation60.17  chart +0.03%
Time Warner Cable Inc209.56  chart -0.21%
Ulta Beauty, Inc.202.28  chart +4.43%
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.67.40  chart +0.13%
Waste Connections, Inc.70.18  chart +0.96%
Whole Foods Market, Inc.41.99  chart -100.00%
Waste Management, Inc.76.84  chart +0.20%
Wal-mart Stores, Inc.85.98  chart +0.28%
Woodward, Inc.79.33  chart -1.10%
CURRENCY CONVERTER

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP), the professional producing arm of California Institute of the Arts, opens Fantômas: Revenge of the Image at Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China, on Oct. 19.
Oct. 19: CalArts’ Fantomas: Revenge of the Image Premieres in China
The CSUN women's golf team fired rounds of 306-309 and is in fourth place, just eight shots off the pace at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Seattle University Invitational at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Tacoma, WA.
CSUN Just Eight Shots Off Pace At Washington Invitational
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Recreation, Community Services, Arts and Open Spaces Director Rick Gould announces retirement. Plus, the Board of Supervisors approve mental health care improvements. Check out these stories and more tonight on SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Advanced Technology Presentation about "Careers in the Making...Design, Engineering, Fabrication and More..." in celebration of National Manufacturing Day was a huge success.
SCV Students Gain Knowledge, Advice at National Manufacturing Day
A local company is expanding its footprint in the Santa Clarita Valley to accommodate business growth and another is relocating a division of its company from Sylmar.
Accurate Freight Systems Expands, Leases Space at IAC Commerce Center
The Domestic Violence Center (DVC) of Santa Clarita Valley is accepting applications for Adopt-a-Family 2017.
DVC of SCV Currently Accepting Adopt-a-Family 2017 Applications
Major Impact Theater, founded by Jill Garson and Shawnda Davis in 2014, is a non-profit theater group that specially adapts plays for performance by adults with disabilities in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Nov. 4: Major Impact Theater Presents Blunderland
California State University, Northridge will make history on Thursday, Oct. 26, by becoming the first California State University with a Sustainability Center.
Oct. 26: CSUN to Open Sustainability Center
Registration for the Purple Walk of Strength is now open.
Oct. 21: Purple Walk of Strength to Benefit Domestic Violence Center
Raising a child is a demanding job for any parent, especially when supportive resources seem to be elusive or nonexistent.
Oct. 22: CSUN Hosts Special Needs Resource Fair
College of the Canyons dominated its match vs. Bakersfield College from start to finish on Friday night, resulting in a 5-1 victory over the Renegades for the Cougars' first conference win of the season.
COC Gets First Conference Win of Season Against Bakersfield College
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Following a two-week layoff, College of the Canyons cross country was back in competition on Saturday, running with a mix of community college and Division I programs at the Sixth Annual UC Riverside Highlander Invitational.
COC Cross Country Back in Competition After Two Week Layoff
The race to qualify for the Big West Conference Men's Soccer Tournament continues for CSUN this week with a home match against UC Riverside Wednesday night before the Matadors head to UC Irvine Saturday.
Oct. 18: CSUN Faces Off Against UC Riverside
After 16 years as director of Parks, Recreation and Community Service for the city of Santa Clarita, Rick Gould announced Monday he's retiring in mid-December.
Rick Gould Retires as City’s Parks & Recreation Chief
High school seniors whose dream is to make a difference in the world by majoring in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) are invited to apply for Edison International’s $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program.
STEM Students Encouraged to Apply for Edison Scholars Program
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
National Teen Driver Safety Week Underway
Elder abuse and scams targeting seniors are a growing problem, Santa Clarita detectives said, but there are numerous resources and protections available.
Resources, Outreach Available to SCV Victims of Elder Abuse
Despite rallying from an early 2-0 deficit, College of the Canyons dropped a 4-2 decision to visiting Victor Valley College on Friday.
Canyons Rally Not Enough To Hold Off Victor Valley College
The College of the Canyons baseball program and Playa Vista Orioles youth baseball organization will host a free instructional clinic for players ages 11-14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Cougar Field.
Oct. 21: Youth Baseball Clinic at COC
Sacramento – In an effort to curb the fraudulent use of Disabled Person Parking Placards, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has launched a statewide public awareness campaign to educate Californians about the proper use of disabled parking placards and the consequences of misusing one.
DMV Launches Statewide Campaign on Use of Disabled Parking Placards
A California State University, Northridge program that provides support to undergraduate students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate degrees in the mathematical sciences has been named a 2017 Example of Excelencia in Education.
CSUN Math Program Lauded 2017 Example of Excelencia in Education
RE/MAX of Valencia will be hosting a blood drive benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Nov. 1: RE/MAX Blood Drive to Benefit CHLA
Princess Cruises has officially announced its third annual Culinary Cruise Series, featuring famed Miami-based chefs Brad Kilgore and Scott Linquist.
Princess Cruises Will Feature Two Acclaimed Chefs in Culinary Cruise Series
1837 - Trapper Peter LaBeck killed by grizzly bear at El Tejon [story]
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Governor Brown signed off on a new bill that will change local water retailers distribute water in SCV. Plus, a spicy and savory Saturday for charity. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Monday, October 16, 2017
The Newhall School District's next Regular Board Meeting is Tuesday, October 17 at 6:15 p.m., and consideration of Newhall Family Theater approvals are on the agenda.
Oct. 17: Newhall School District Considers Newhall Family Theater OK
Master’s and Westmont College needed more than 90 minutes again Saturday to settle a Golden State Athletic Conference showdown in Santa Barbara.
Master’s Men Soccer Players Fall to Westmont in OT
Leaders from the CLWA and NCWC will meet in October, November and December to discuss their merger, which creates the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency as of Jan. 1.
Next Step: Water Agency Officials to Share Merger Details
Master’s women soccer players and coaches alike were adamant after Saturday’s top-10 matchup that Westmont’s 5-2 win wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the score suggests.
Westmont Tops Master’s Women’s Soccer 5-2
Although Friday the 13th is a day generally associated with bad luck, CalArts turned the superstition on its ear as the community celebrated the inauguration of its fourth president, Ravi S. Rajan.
CalArts Inaugurates Ravi S. Rajan as Fourth President
CalArts School of Theater faculty Janie Geiser brings her collage film program "Double Vision" to REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Oct. 16 at 8:30 p.m.
Oct 16: ‘Double Vision’: Recent Films by Janie Geiser at REDCAT
The promising signs the Mustangs showed in their Missouri opener paid off in the evening Friday when Master’s women’s volleyball picked up its first road win of the season.
Master’s Rallies on the Road, Nets Season’s First Win
College of the Canyons' women's volleyball team opened Western State Conference play in style, as the Cougars swept visiting West L.A. College in straight sets.
No. 11 Canyons Sweeps West L.A. at the Cougar Cage
Route 66 Classic Grill in Canyon Country will host a fundraiser for local victims of the October 1 Las Vegas shootings on Saturday, October 28, from noon to 4 p.m.
Oct. 28: Route 66 Hosts Benefit for Las Vegas Shooting Victims
A roundup of the Santa Clarita arts-related events for Oct. 16-20, 2017.
Oct. 16-20: Santa Clarita Arts Upcoming Events
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce's October mixer is set for Wednesday, October 18 at Atria Senior Living in Newhall starting at 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: SCV Chamber October Mixer at Atria