Joseph T. Francis
         Associate Professor
          Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
          State University of New York Downstate Medical School

 

 

My research interest is centered on developing a fully integrated Brain Machine Interface (BMI) for the control of prosthetic limbs. I feel that our best chance of accomplishing such a goal will involve a unique strategy and point of view, one that can be gained by exploiting several experimental models. Much of my work involves rats, monkeys and humans making reaching movements while interacting with robotic systems. The robotic systems are used to produce novel dynamical situations allowing me to ask questions about motor learning and how different brain regions respond to such learning