CORDIS Express: Augmented humans

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Ever since humans realised they were more than the sum of their parts, the replacement of lost limbs, faulty organs or other body parts has been at the centre of scientists’ efforts to make our life longer and increase our well-being.

But lately implant and prosthesis makers have been brimming with ideas, partly inspired by concepts we once thought would forever qualify as science fiction: brain implants for instant-learning, mind control or night vision are now considered realistic with some research and investment. Advances in biology, nanotechnology, robotics or wireless communications now all feed from each other towards the greater purpose of fixing human body flaws.

This week, CORDIS Express focuses on some of the latest highlights in this area, brought thanks to EU science funding but also from initiatives overseas: robotics enthusiasts at DARPA recently presented a new mind-controlled prosthetic hand capable of restoring a patient’s lost sense of touch, similar to what European scientists have been working on within the framework of the NEBIAS project.

But this edition of Express is not all about Skywalker-esque prosthetics. You will also find out about new implants and biocompatible materials to produce them, all showcasing the bright future that lies ahead of this booming sector.

Optimising myoelectric prostheses
Feedback control for prosthetics
Personalised bone implants
Bio-based mesh for hernia treatment
Novel bioactive implantable polymers
Next-generation hybrid biomaterials
Regenerative cochlear implants
NEBIAS: The world’s most advanced bionic hand
Trending Science: Prosthesis with a sense of touch

Source: Based on information from CORDIS.