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Dr Jiang Lei
Associate Consultant, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 
Singapore General Hospital 

Dr Jiang Lei is an associate consultant spine surgeon in Singapore General Hospital. He was awarded the Singapore College of Surgeons Gold Medal in the orthopaedic surgery exit examinations and appointed as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2021. He received fellowship training in spine surgery in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospital Trust in 2021 with exposure to complex procedures in a tertiary spine centre.

He was awarded the National Medical Research Council Research Training Fellowship and completed an MPhil in clinical neurosciences at the University of Cambridge in 2022, completing his thesis on novel neural interfaces for motor restoration in spinal cord injury. He is dedicated to translating recent advances in spinal cord neural interfaces from bench to bedside in order to restore motor function in patients with paralysis due to spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders.


Content & Creativity, 7 October 2022, 1415 - 1615 hrs
Spinal Cord Bioelectronic Bypass: Motor Restoration in Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a debilitating neurological condition, leading to paralysis in severe cases. Despite advances in neuroprotective and rehabilitative strategies, the prognosis for the majority of patients with severe SCI is guarded. However, recent progress in the field of implantable neural interfaces have led to the restoration of walking in patients with paralysis due to SCI, potentially changing the paradigm of SCI motor restoration. In this talk, we will explore the developments in neural interfaces and how they can potentially improve the function of patients with neurological conditions. In addition, we will understand more about spinal cord recording, stimulation, and how they can work in concert to create a spinal cord bypass for motor restoration in SCI.

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