John Donoghue on Neuroscience

John Donoghue is a Professor of Neuroscience at Brown and a lead developer of BrainGate, which allows people with paralysis to control a computer with their mind.

Research Profile: John Donoghue       Braingate      

Professor Donoghue’s laboratory investigates how the brain turns thought into voluntary behaviors and how that knowledge can be used to help persons with paralysis. He and his team study how populations of neurons represent and transform information as a motor plan becomes movement. This approach has required the creation of a novel recording array to study neural ensembles. With the knowledge they have gained about movement representation, Professor Donoghue and his team have translated our findings to a clinical application in which humans with paralysis can use their neurons directly to control devices.