Empowering the Mind to Heal the Brain for Stroke | Dr. Eric C. Leuthardt | TEDxGatewayArch

The capability to "decode the brain" now makes thought-controlled machines a reality. Even more fundamentally theses brain computer interfaces empower the mind to now heal the physical substance of the brain after stroke. Our laboratory has created brain computer interfaces that enable a person with a chronically paralyzed had to recover function by using brain signals from the uninjured side of their brain. With continued practice, while the patient's machine-empowered thoughts enable them to move their paralyzed hand, something extraordinary happens -- the patients begin to recover function.
Not one for idle time, Dr. Leuthardt is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University School of Medicine, where he specializes in brain-mapping for patients with brain tumors and epilepsy; Director of Washington University’s Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology, a collaborative collective for developing new technologies to improve neurosurgery; and a published author of the hit psychological thriller RedDevil_4.
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  • Creeaze Dem I'm done.

    John JohnstonJohn JohnstonVor Tag
  • Go away at the worst destroy your sweter. Chokaz nibblez!?*

    John JohnstonJohn JohnstonVor Tag
  • Beige? Capturing? Theology? 🤐🙊

    John JohnstonJohn JohnstonVor Tag
  • 28/4/2018 still working hard to recover from it

    Katherine AdelinaKatherine AdelinaVor 23 Tage
  • What about red light therapy?

    Michele BleeckerMichele BleeckerVor Monat
  • I would love to try this. I had a stroke 4 years ago, 2 week after giving birth. I so desperately want to hug my children with both of my arms. A one armed hug just isn't the same! How do I go about trying this?! I don't think they practice this in the uk where I live. Help!

    rebecca watsonrebecca watsonVor Monat
  • i am a kid and i am stroke patients

    Tenzing SherpaTenzing SherpaVor Monat
  • I have the same goal in life as you sir, to cure and restore the lives of stroke patients

    Otaku Power Director-chanOtaku Power Director-chanVor 2 Monate
  • Can you help people that can't speak with this approach?

    Michelle CampbellMichelle CampbellVor 3 Monate
  • My baby brother aged 46 had a hemmorragic stroke 6 months ago June 5/2019. He was on life support and in a coma for almost 2 months. During week 6 he started to open his eyes. He could track me when I came into the room, he could squeeze my hand on command. He continues to recover to this day. The physical aspect is slower. He can't sit up in bed yet but he is beginning to roll over in bed. He continues to recover.

    marlene maschkemarlene maschkeVor 3 Monate
  • Tried all these types ofconcepts still paralyzed so bunch of bs click bait

    Kenneth seeKenneth seeVor 3 Monate
  • same i had stroke got stsbbed in the heart at 18 man how my lifes changed

    Maria LomeliMaria LomeliVor 5 Monate
    • Sad to hear, hope you adjust and your situation improves. I had one 7 years ago and my right hand and leg still seriously affected .

      Busola OlagunjuBusola OlagunjuVor 3 Monate

    Design Develop DeployDesign Develop DeployVor 6 Monate
  • This is so true thank you very much for your talk we need to be patient and never give up anything is possible just have to try.❤

    Jade HunterJade HunterVor 8 Monate
  • Can you help my glaucoma??

    Jade HunterJade HunterVor 8 Monate
  • Yeah, dig ity, the best thi g

    Elvena BycroftElvena BycroftVor 8 Monate

    Daphne RodriguezDaphne RodriguezVor 8 Monate
  • It's an awesome recovery story. I'm not a big fan of describing this as "fixing Rick." Rick was injured, sure. Part of Rick's brain was broken in places, sure. But too many people look at Stroke and TBI survivors as broken people. When something is broken, you either repair it so it's useful to you again, or you throw it out. That is a dangerous way to describe people.

    Seattle YASSSeattle YASSVor 9 Monate
  • don't give up, 17 yrs. after my stroke I AM STILL IMPROVING EVERYDAY!! I am 47 yrs. old and very happy, healthy, strong and grateful even though I am in a wheelchair! I FEEL GREAT EVERYDAY- MIND, BODY, SPIRIT!

    Zach HerringtonZach HerringtonVor 10 Monate
  • My aunt had a stroke a few days ago. Hope she is getting well soon.🙏

    Yi DongYi DongVor 10 Monate
  • You want to know why so many strokes today... Petroleum =s solvents which weakens the tissue and the slightest pressure... Boom! Avoid Plastics everything! Use glass and paper not recycled paper those have PCBs. The govt and scientifict industry knows about this solvent in blood issue. That's why HIV and Cancer and autoimmune diseases are on the rise. Parasites hatch premature.

    Fun Videos 2020Fun Videos 2020Vor 11 Monate
  • My dad had a stroke 2 months ago should I see a Neurologist with him?

    Amelie JulienAmelie JulienVor 11 Monate
    • Yes definitely

      kanapuram tejakanapuram tejaVor 11 Monate
  • Dr. Leuthart is an amazing communicator. he is so fortunate he has both his head and heart superbly functioning. I am in awe. Thank God for you, Dr. leuthardt.

    Imelda PearImelda PearVor year
  • 2:11 pre y 11:46 post

    Ana TitosAna TitosVor year
  • 4 years post stroke and in the physical therapy them former sports rehab college coure takers ya got small aqare peace of paper that proved the took ealy pasable class that basket weaving would been way moor useful. But they bring it up tell everyone oh i went to college . no job so then get in to physial theropy they learn couple inportant things record he infor on record so yhey csn get the medacare money and oh its been 6 mount a year since stroke and your done . just like this guybsaid . many on this stroke survivers grout say. A therpuse say serten amout time gone by thats it now this is the new you get use to it. They realy shouldnt wear there smock sirt on public someone may need cpr mouth to mouth resesatation. No cant help i got this shirt from thrift stote . but people that had that gulible trust in a doctor nerse. Not shouldnt trust any of them and not let it afect you belief when they lie. They should of say truth medcare wount pay for any moor theropy . some people proy go believing the therpuss lie

    John HumphrysJohn HumphrysVor year
  • Thank you Dr. Eric...much love ❤

    Thelma BukikunThelma BukikunVor year
  • I had many TIA's before my full stroke. March 15, 2012 I had my stroke. Some of my stroke symptoms were vertigo and vision loss. I told my story on my youtube channel of what is was like before during and after.

    Mandy SommersMandy SommersVor year
  • My father just had a stroke. According to his Neuro he wouldn’t “wake up because of his age (74, diabetic on dialysis) and that I should start looking at how we wanted to proceed otherwise him! Now mind you, his surgery for the clot was third and she’s telling me this on Friday. On Friday, she comes back and tells me the same thing, now I’m furious because by that evening, my dad completely recognizes my voice and my sibling along with all his brothers and sisters. He squeezes our hand when we ask if he knows who we are. Opens his eyes on command and can touch the ball of his fingers slowly. He also moved his legs. He had to have a trachea put in and a feeding tube, which his body accepted. He is having a hard time weaning of the vent, but I think to myself it’s only been a week... it takes time. Yesterday evening, the PA comes in and suggests that we transfer him to hospice and place him on a morphine drip!! Is she f*cken kidding me!! She wants me to kill my father, that’s the fourth time this moron says that to me!! My daddy is a fighter, I know he can get through this with all our support! This video gives me hope and the strength to help him as much as I can. Thank you

    Jazmin GonzalezJazmin GonzalezVor year
    • Lucky to have a daughter who will protect him. Wish him the best.

      Busola OlagunjuBusola OlagunjuVor 3 Monate
    • How's your dad doing

      Diana bap.chica09Diana bap.chica09Vor 4 Monate
  • Amazing!💚

    noooangelicanoooangelicaVor year
  • I had an AVM in 2015, affected my vision, 2018 at the age of 26 a stroke the same as the guy in the video but mine was in the right side of brain so my left hand was paralyzed. I can confess it's terrible, if you have hands that can move, feet that allows you to carry your weight and walk, you have MUCH to be grateful for. I was a top athlete, great dancer, great gamer on the PC, played instruments and yet it all was away because of a small clot. Its been a year since my stroke and I am still pushing for recovery, hand and foot function still very weak since fine motor skills is the hardest to get back. Its a nightmare. The Dr is right. You don't know whats its like. But I can confess that recovering comes with really hard work, its a challenge greater than anything else but keep going. Whatever your situation, you can pull through. Use your mind, study it, learn it, stop complaining, some us are going through much deeper waters. Own your mind, its yours! Stand up, I don't care about what reasons you might have. Stand up. For myself, I expect to make a full recovery and show the world that impossible is nothing. Believe in yourself. In 6 months, I will run again, type again, tie my shoelaces, button my shirt, see again... that is a heaven im grinding hard for everyday and it WILL become a REALITY!!!

    Devan SaaymanDevan SaaymanVor year
    • You will do it, you are and so you will

      Tariq RaziTariq RaziVor 10 Monate
    • @Lisa Barker thank you :)

      Devan SaaymanDevan SaaymanVor year
    • inspiring, thanks for sharing your story. keep it up, you can definitely do it!

      Lisa BarkerLisa BarkerVor year
  • Hi, bravo for you, Dr. Eric C. Leuthanrdt. God Bless you today and always. With much gratitud and affection.

    Nuvilla PerezNuvilla PerezVor year
  • Thank you SIR.

    Ravinder IndooriRavinder IndooriVor year
  • Please, stop talking too much ! All Brain diseases and strokes must be reverse and absolutely CURED during a minutes or days . The MEDICINE must be injected into the Brain and Brain become like brand-new . That"s what we need .

    Michael OrchidevikMichael OrchidevikVor year
    • Non of the doctors told about it yet I have brain hammorage cz of which my left body paralyzed il trying my best dinner 4yrs slow recovery don't know what to do I'm fed up but still pushing myself

      sabera begumsabera begumVor 8 Monate
  • Way cool... only question: how will Korporate Amerika turn this into Unobtainium? (or leave it to the Chinese)

    john hopkinsjohn hopkinsVor year
  • Ischemic stroke 2017 and i have been recovering little by little. Dedication of movements and repetition. Praise the Lord for guiding me through it all.

    Frank CruzFrank CruzVor year
    • Frank Cruz keep going! The brain is neuroplastic and it WILL rewire!!

      Cindy ArgueCindy ArgueVor year
  • There is a DE-visions video 60 minutes (tv show) aired on a shot they inject in the spinal cord that has miraculous results! Best wishes to all effected xxoo

    C MaximusC MaximusVor year
    • Jan, search in DE-visions for reverse stroke amazing new stroke cure. Mmm there are some aspects there to be analyzed.

      t behart beharVor year
    • What is it called please?

      Janita HearnJanita HearnVor year
  • From the drawing it looks like his right hemisphere is damaged, which shoulfd mean his LEFT hand was paralyzed. But drom the video of him it looks like it is his RIGHT hand that is affected. Which is it??!

    Harald SandøHarald SandøVor year
  • My 60-year old brother had a stroke a couple of years ago affecting the left side of his body. He is left-handed. Thru working with various physical therapists he has regained the used of his left hand and can now walk slowly without a cane, but still drags the left leg. My question is: Do the "Ips" side of the brain signals emit a sound, a tone? My brother is a musician and loves to make music which is hard for him still -- he is a drummer and can only keep the beat with his right hand at this time. Is it possible for the brain to react to a musical tone that would resonate as the same frequency as the "Ips" signals? Linda

    Linda SchroyerLinda SchroyerVor year
  • Very good! Well said, well presented!

    Marveline B.Marveline B.Vor year
  • My husband just had a stroke after a failed tracheotomy. He is in a vegetative state right now, but he always told me, "where there's hope, there's life." A LOT of friends and family members are wanting me to take him off of life support so that they can just start the grieving process. I know that that is not what he would want. He has had several parts of his brain damaged, but I am holding out hope. Right now, I would be happy if he could just lip the name of one of our children.

    Andrielle HillisAndrielle HillisVor year
    • Andrielle Hillis omg is hard my mom is in vegetative state too her thalamus was damaged but she said. My name

      Oops and Ah hahaOops and Ah hahaVor Monat
    • @marlene maschke That's great news, I was vegetative after my stroke for a few months. They told my family to consider letting me go. I woke up slowly & started rehab a few months later. I'm now walking normal & even jog a very short distance, 1/2 a block. I still have a ways to go to get my stamina back but for some it takes a month or several years. Just make sure he keeps moving and when he's not moving, he should imagine moving and doing normal things every night before going to sleep. And exercise to make sure the brain gets plenty of oxygen to heal. And use some kind of nutrition tracking app to maintain a healthy diet, I lost more than 88lbs. I use BiteSnap but there are other apps the do the same. My thoughts & Prayers are with you.

      knuftoborknuftoborVor 2 Monate
    • Never give up. The doctors put pressure on me to unplug him and I refused. he can now talk, eat, swallow, he's off life support, trech tube removed. The physical side is taking longer. But never give up. I watch lots of videos on youtube that show positive stories for inspiration and I joined a stroke survivor group for support which has helped alot.

      marlene maschkemarlene maschkeVor 3 Monate
    • How is he doing now?

      Jai NessJai NessVor year
    • How is he doing?

      Eunice RodriguezEunice RodriguezVor year
  • Incredible. Thank you for sharing all this

    Kristin HeusserKristin HeusserVor year
  • great inspiring facts surviving a stroke is just by the mercy of God graining mobility on the affected part is just by your mind well-done boss.

    Justice OjuleJustice OjuleVor year
  • Great speech..

    Asif KhanAsif KhanVor 2 years
  • 21/8/15 still improving

    Elvena BycroftElvena BycroftVor 2 years
  • where can i buy?

    Chris CamesChris CamesVor 2 years
  • Awesome, Finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I have brain surgery 5 yrs back and my left side limbs are still weak. Isn't the treatment commercial yet. How can I contact the Dr or Hospital?

  • F Vision on self brain

    farooq ahmedfarooq ahmedVor 2 years
  • I wonder if this device could help Essential Tremor patients?

    Lynda GibsonLynda GibsonVor 2 years
  • Inspiring

    Farhad ChinoyFarhad ChinoyVor 2 years
  • What a genuinely inspiring video. I had a hemorrhagic stroke in my cerebellum exactly 1 year ago. Surgeons had to remove 1/3 of my cerebellum. I’m a 37 year old husband and father of 2 boys and the stroke was a crushing blow to my family and I. This doctor is doing good work. God bless him and all people that are suffering, stroke or otherwise.

    Rusty ShaklefordRusty ShaklefordVor 2 years
  • Hello from Russia. Can you help me to fix right side homeanopsy after stroke ?

    Aziz AkhmedovAziz AkhmedovVor 2 years
  • I had a stroke in 2012 and spasticity and sleep is depressing me 5 years on and I'm not any better but its a great video thanks

    angel userangel userVor 2 years
  • This video help me a lot. I absolutely believe that our brain is a muscle. We all can do whatever we want and your mind, don't lose it.

    Chotika smileChotika smileVor 2 years
  • My AVM stroke happened in June, 2012 and it's been 5 years now. I still can't move my left hand. Will this brain computer interface thingy ever come to HK? I don't think HK hospitals are equipped with any devices that can help stroke patients to regain their mobility skills. I am seriously stuck here not making any progress :( Is there a chance to just try that awesome brain computer interface device? I really want to play the piano again or to just hug my tabby...

    Life_as_a_handicapLife_as_a_handicapVor 2 years
    • Did you try Bioness? I had a stroke Jan 13, 2013, I had therapy with the bioness hand system. My hand and arm function like normal, with some small amount of weakness.

      Jas bakshJas bakshVor 6 Monate
    • Life_as_a_handicap yo I really hope you’re doing well

      Thomas BradshawThomas BradshawVor year
  • great stoies but were's my help?

    james zieglerjames zieglerVor 2 years
  • Be More

    Jean BeekoJean BeekoVor 2 years
  • TIME-I had my stroke in 2011 & I am still progressing everyday!! "Never Give Up". Great video

    DonnAerobics IemmitiDonnAerobics IemmitiVor 3 years
    • DonnAerobics Iemmiti where in your brain if I may ask? My mom had it on her thalamus

      Oops and Ah hahaOops and Ah hahaVor Monat
    • nevrgvupjh is short for never give up on my email. Everyone never give up keep trying it does work. God Bless.

      Jade HunterJade HunterVor 8 Monate
    • How are you now?

      Fun Videos 2020Fun Videos 2020Vor 11 Monate
    • Yashayah Ayayi El - Janet Brockenbough ??? What are you saying?

      Cindy ArgueCindy ArgueVor year
    • DonnAerobics Iemmiti see if u qualify for etanecept(enbrel). Reverse stroke.

      Yashayah Ayayi El - Janet BrockenboughYashayah Ayayi El - Janet BrockenboughVor year
  • i'd love to be more but with little money and a government that doesn't care about me cause i can't work no more they threw me to the trash and will leave me in a wheelchair for the rest of my life! because we can't help the one that worked there whole life helping others but now i need help none avaible

    james zieglerjames zieglerVor 3 years
    • You will get what you deserve in time and they will get what they deserve. Stay strong ❤️

      anahera maiaanahera maiaVor 7 Monate
    • james ziegler my mom feels the same. Most of us do. I'm sorry for your pain.

      PetchimommyPetchimommyVor year
  • wish !!! I could meet this docter

    JustinJustinVor 3 years
  • Very inspiring. This TedTalk deserved much more views

    Rustam XYZRustam XYZVor 3 years
  • who caged our brains ?

    kwankunghkgkwankunghkgVor 3 years
  • thank you!

    alex abrahamalex abrahamVor 3 years
  • Kenny-----Scotland.......America🌟🌟🌟

    Kenny mclellanKenny mclellanVor 3 years
  • I had a stroke at birth I wish he could help me with exactly ricks problem

    Evan CanellakisEvan CanellakisVor 3 years
    • Evan Canellakis q

      Zaakery AliZaakery AliVor 2 years
  • So proud of him and the staff. Rick you are my hero.

    freshlifenowfreshlifenowVor 3 years
  • " قُلْ يُحْيِيهَا الَّذِي أَنْشَأَهَا أَوَّلَ مَرَّةٍ ۖ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ خَلْقٍ عَلِيمٌ " يس 79

    Mohammed Al-AlawMohammed Al-AlawVor 3 years
    • The Muslim Brotherhood is 👍🏽 tombien!

      Master Illusionist's For DectatorshipsMaster Illusionist's For DectatorshipsVor 4 Monate
    • اعطي المجد للمسيح هو الشافي الوحيد

      Fadi SabahFadi SabahVor 9 Monate
    • Mohammed Ahmhi

      Danish NadeemDanish NadeemVor 2 years
  • Very inspiring

    Rustam XYZRustam XYZVor 3 years
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