Bionic Pioneers: Brave Neurotech Users Blaze the Trail to New Therapies.
All Neurotech Network profits from this book will go to advancing awareness of new therapies for people with neurological disorders.
Bionic Pioneers tells the stories of 10 brave individuals with neurological disabilities who made the decision to participate in a clinical trial or become a recipient of a newly approved neurotech device to treat their conditions. These pioneering souls not only improved their own quality of life—they helped advance the pace of technological progress, scientific development and advancements in medical treatments. Their bravery will undoubtedly make life even better for other people suffering from the same condition in the future.
In each chapter, explore the often painful details of how a neurological disorder has impacted someone’s life. You’ll also get insight into how each person came to accept a novel or experimental neurotech therapy and you’ll learn how these new marvels of engineering achieve their effect. Join with us as we pay tribute to some of the unsung heroes of medical technology—the users who literally put life and limb on the line to blaze the trail to new therapies.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Other Shoe Drops
The Story of Dawn Gast
Chapter 3: Seizing an Opportunity
The Story of Candice Escandon
Chapter 4: Raising His Hand to Volunteer
The Story of Jim Jatich
Chapter 5: A Mom’s Second Look
The Story of Kim O’Shea
Chapter 6: Stimulation Lends a Hand
The Story of Andrew Genge
Chapter 7: The Rebirth of Normalcy
The Story of Lauren Henderberg
Chapter 8: A Breath of Fresh Air
The Story of Matt June
Chapter 9: Going Deep to Fight Parkinson’s
The Story of Dr. Jonathan Lessin
Chapter 10: Unlocking the Brain
The Story of Cathy Hutchinson
Chapter 11: A Stroke of Good Luck
The Story of Linda Gordon
Chapter 12: Future Outlook
Injured but active, Jennifer French acquired her C6-7 incomplete spinal cord injury in 1998. She is an active user of a neural prosthetic system and is the first woman to receive the implanted Stand and Transfer system. Jen is a silver medalist in the sport of sailing at the 2012 Paralympic Games and is the 2012 Yachtswoman of the Year; the first woman with a disability to do so. French has helped launch successful divisions is such organizations as Bombardier Capital and PC Connection, Inc. Her story is published in her book, On My Feet Again: My Journey out of the Wheelchair using Neurotechnology. She serves on several Scientific Advisory Boards and she has addressed such organizations as National Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Therapy Association, ISCoS/American Spinal Injury Association, The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the World Science Festival, NIH/NINDS Neural Interfaces and TEDx. With an MBS and her experiences with the disability community, she co-founded this organization and serves as Executive Director.
James Cavuoto is the founder of Micro Publishing
Press, Inc., a Torrance, CA-based publishing company that helped pioneer the
market for electronic publishing, digital imaging, and computer graphics. After
serving during the 1980s as a consultant to both Apple Computer and Xerox Corp.
in their efforts to bring desktop publishing products to market, James launched
three magazines, two newsletters, a trade paperback imprint, and several market
research reports in the industry. Mirco Publishing Press' publications were
sold to Cygnus Publishing in 1998. James holds a degree in biomedical
engineering from Case Western Reserve University, where he studied under
pioneers in the new field of functional electrical stimulation. He has studied
human factors engineering at University of Southern California in Los Angeles
and spent three years as a member of the technical staff at Hughes Aircraft
Company in Los Angeles, where he worked on simulation, training, and
publication products produced for the U.S. Department of Defense. James is the
author of eight books on computer graphics, electronic publishing, and digital
imaging. He is a member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.