Collaboration at the Johns Hopkins IBBS
The concept of bench-to-bedside is perhaps best highlighted by some of the collaborative work between Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences biomedical engineering faculty members and clinicians across the School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital. BME researchers—faculty and student-led research teams—design, build and test devices to address and solve immediate health care needs. Biomedical engineer Nitish Thakor and colleagues and collaborators have partnered with neurologist Nathan Crone to test mind-controlled limbs they're developing as part of a major, U.S. Department of Defense funded project to build a brain-machine interface. Thakor talks about the history of this kind of large-scale, collaborative effort to translate research into treatment.