I3R, UAMS and Health Tech Firms Partner on Study

I3R, UAMS and Health Tech Firms Partner on Study
From left: UAMS surgeons Mark Tait, John Bracey and Erika Petersen, and I3R's Adaptive Neural Systems Group members James Abbas, Ranu Jung, Sathyakumar Kuntaegowdanahalli and Anil Thota. (Evan Lewis, UAMS)

The University of Arkansas on Monday announced that its Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I3R) has partnered with UAMS and health technology companies on a neural-enhanced prosthesis study.

The study, co-directed by James Abbas, has the potential to deliver "meaningful sensations of touch, grip force and hand opening" to users, the university said in a news release.  

Snell Prosthetics and Orthotics of Little Rock is among the companies involved in the project. The company's Fayetteville office is providing clinical support to fit the prosthetic socket and hand for each participant, and Snell clinics across the state are working with I3R and UAMS to inform amputees about the study.

The project is UAMS' first surgical collaboration with the U of A. The collaboration is being facilitated by the Translational Research Institute at UAMS, which is supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health.

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