Empowering the Mind to Heal the Brain for Stroke | Dr. Eric C. Leuthardt | TEDxGatewayArch

Empowering the Mind to Heal the Brain for Stroke | Dr. Eric C. Leuthardt | TEDxGatewayArch

The capability to “decode the brain” now makes thought-controlled machines a reality. Even more fundamentally theses brain computer interfaces empower the mind to now heal the physical substance of the brain after stroke. Our laboratory has created brain computer interfaces that enable a person with a chronically paralyzed had to recover function by using brain signals from the uninjured side of their brain. With continued practice, while the patient’s machine-empowered thoughts enable them to move their paralyzed hand, something extraordinary happens — the patients begin to recover function.

Not one for idle time, Dr. Leuthardt is an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Washington University School of Medicine, where he specializes in brain-mapping for patients with brain tumors and epilepsy; Director of Washington University’s Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology, a collaborative collective for developing new technologies to improve neurosurgery; and a published author of the hit psychological thriller RedDevil_4.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


  1. Seattle YASS on March 5, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    It’s an awesome recovery story. I’m not a big fan of describing this as "fixing Rick." Rick was injured, sure. Part of Rick’s brain was broken in places, sure. But too many people look at Stroke and TBI survivors as broken people. When something is broken, you either repair it so it’s useful to you again, or you throw it out. That is a dangerous way to describe people.

  2. Maria Lomeli on March 5, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    same i had stroke got stsbbed in the heart at 18 man how my lifes changed

  3. Marveline B. on March 5, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Very good! Well said, well presented!

  4. marlene maschke on March 5, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    My baby brother aged 46 had a hemmorragic stroke 6 months ago June 5/2019. He was on life support and in a coma for almost 2 months. During week 6 he started to open his eyes. He could track me when I came into the room, he could squeeze my hand on command. He continues to recover to this day. The physical aspect is slower. He can’t sit up in bed yet but he is beginning to roll over in bed. He continues to recover.

  5. Thelma Bukikun on March 5, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you Dr. Eric…much love ❤

  6. Ravinder Indoori on March 5, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you SIR.

  7. Fun Videos 2020 on March 5, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    You want to know why so many strokes today… Petroleum =s solvents which weakens the tissue and the slightest pressure… Boom! Avoid Plastics everything! Use glass and paper not recycled paper those have PCBs. The govt and scientifict industry knows about this solvent in blood issue. That’s why HIV and Cancer and autoimmune diseases are on the rise. Parasites hatch premature.

  8. Jade Hunter on March 5, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Can you help my glaucoma??

  9. Harald Sandø on March 5, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    From the drawing it looks like his right hemisphere is damaged, which shoulfd mean his LEFT hand was paralyzed. But drom the video of him it looks like it is his RIGHT hand that is affected. Which is it??!

  10. Kristin Heusser on March 5, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Incredible. Thank you for sharing all this

  11. Rusty Shakleford on March 5, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    What a genuinely inspiring video. I had a hemorrhagic stroke in my cerebellum exactly 1 year ago. Surgeons had to remove 1/3 of my cerebellum. I’m a 37 year old husband and father of 2 boys and the stroke was a crushing blow to my family and I.

    This doctor is doing good work. God bless him and all people that are suffering, stroke or otherwise.

  12. Farhad Chinoy on March 5, 2020 at 10:57 pm


  13. C Maximus on March 5, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    There is a YouTube video 60 minutes (tv show) aired on a shot they inject in the spinal cord that has miraculous results! Best wishes to all effected xxoo

  14. angel user on March 5, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I had a stroke in 2012 and spasticity and sleep is depressing me 5 years on and I’m not any better but its a great video thanks

  15. John Humphrys on March 5, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    4 years post stroke and in the physical therapy them former sports rehab college coure takers ya got small aqare peace of paper that proved the took ealy pasable class that basket weaving would been way moor useful. But they bring it up tell everyone oh i went to college . no job so then get in to physial theropy they learn couple inportant things record he infor on record so yhey csn get the medacare money and oh its been 6 mount a year since stroke and your done . just like this guybsaid . many on this stroke survivers grout say. A therpuse say serten amout time gone by thats it now this is the new you get use to it. They realy shouldnt wear there smock sirt on public someone may need cpr mouth to mouth resesatation. No cant help i got this shirt from thrift stote . but people that had that gulible trust in a doctor nerse. Not shouldnt trust any of them and not let it afect you belief when they lie. They should of say truth medcare wount pay for any moor theropy . some people proy go believing the therpuss lie

  16. Elvena Bycroft on March 5, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Yeah, dig ity, the best thi g

  17. Justice Ojule on March 5, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    great inspiring facts surviving a stroke is just by the mercy of God graining mobility on the affected part is just by your mind well-done boss.

  18. Asif Khan on March 5, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Great speech..

  19. SURYA JAKKA on March 5, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Awesome, Finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I have brain surgery 5 yrs back and my left side limbs are still weak. Isn’t the treatment commercial yet. How can I contact the Dr or Hospital?

  20. john hopkins on March 5, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Way cool… only question: how will Korporate Amerika turn this into Unobtainium? (or leave it to the Chinese)

  21. Amelie Julien on March 5, 2020 at 11:11 pm

    My dad had a stroke 2 months ago should I see a Neurologist with him?

  22. Tenzing Sherpa on March 5, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    i am a kid and i am stroke patients

  23. noooangelica on March 5, 2020 at 11:16 pm


  24. Devan Saayman on March 5, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    I had an AVM in 2015, affected my vision, 2018 at the age of 26 a stroke the same as the guy in the video but mine was in the right side of brain so my left hand was paralyzed. I can confess it’s terrible, if you have hands that can move, feet that allows you to carry your weight and walk, you have MUCH to be grateful for. I was a top athlete, great dancer, great gamer on the PC, played instruments and yet it all was away because of a small clot. Its been a year since my stroke and I am still pushing for recovery, hand and foot function still very weak since fine motor skills is the hardest to get back. Its a nightmare. The Dr is right. You don’t know whats its like. But I can confess that recovering comes with really hard work, its a challenge greater than anything else but keep going. Whatever your situation, you can pull through. Use your mind, study it, learn it, stop complaining, some us are going through much deeper waters. Own your mind, its yours! Stand up, I don’t care about what reasons you might have. Stand up. For myself, I expect to make a full recovery and show the world that impossible is nothing. Believe in yourself. In 6 months, I will run again, type again, tie my shoelaces, button my shirt, see again… that is a heaven im grinding hard for everyday and it WILL become a REALITY!!!

  25. Yi Dong on March 5, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    My aunt had a stroke a few days ago. Hope she is getting well soon.🙏

  26. Zach Herrington on March 5, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    don’t give up, 17 yrs. after my stroke I AM STILL IMPROVING EVERYDAY!! I am 47 yrs. old and very happy, healthy, strong and grateful even though I am in a wheelchair! I FEEL GREAT EVERYDAY- MIND, BODY, SPIRIT!

  27. Andrielle Hillis on March 5, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    My husband just had a stroke after a failed tracheotomy. He is in a vegetative state right now, but he always told me, "where there’s hope, there’s life." A LOT of friends and family members are wanting me to take him off of life support so that they can just start the grieving process. I know that that is not what he would want. He has had several parts of his brain damaged, but I am holding out hope. Right now, I would be happy if he could just lip the name of one of our children.

  28. Aziz Akhmedov on March 5, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Hello from Russia. Can you help me to fix right side homeanopsy after stroke ?

  29. rebecca watson on March 5, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    I would love to try this. I had a stroke 4 years ago, 2 week after giving birth. I so desperately want to hug my children with both of my arms. A one armed hug just isn’t the same! How do I go about trying this?! I don’t think they practice this in the uk where I live. Help!

  30. Chotika smile on March 5, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    This video help me a lot. I absolutely believe that our brain is a muscle. We all can do whatever we want and your mind, don’t lose it.

  31. Mandy Sommers on March 5, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    I had many TIA’s before my full stroke. March 15, 2012 I had my stroke. Some of my stroke symptoms were vertigo and vision loss. I told my story on my youtube channel of what is was like before during and after.

  32. Jade Hunter on March 5, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    This is so true thank you very much for your talk we need to be patient and never give up anything is possible just have to try.❤

  33. Cras gomez on March 5, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    where can i buy?

  34. Michele Bleecker on March 5, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    What about red light therapy?

  35. Frank Cruz on March 5, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Ischemic stroke 2017 and i have been recovering little by little. Dedication of movements and repetition. Praise the Lord for guiding me through it all.

  36. Lynda Gibson on March 5, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I wonder if this device could help Essential Tremor patients?

  37. Elvena Bycroft on March 5, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    21/8/15 still improving

  38. Otaku Power Director-chan on March 5, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    I have the same goal in life as you sir, to cure and restore the lives of stroke patients

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  40. Katherine Adelina on March 5, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    28/4/2018 still working hard to recover from it

  41. farooq ahmed on March 5, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    F Vision on self brain

  42. Imelda Pear on March 5, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Dr. Leuthart is an amazing communicator. he is so fortunate he has both his head and heart superbly functioning. I am in awe. Thank God for you, Dr. leuthardt.

  43. Jazmin Gonzalez on March 5, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    My father just had a stroke. According to his Neuro he wouldn’t “wake up because of his age (74, diabetic on dialysis) and that I should start looking at how we wanted to proceed otherwise him! Now mind you, his surgery for the clot was third and she’s telling me this on Friday. On Friday, she comes back and tells me the same thing, now I’m furious because by that evening, my dad completely recognizes my voice and my sibling along with all his brothers and sisters. He squeezes our hand when we ask if he knows who we are. Opens his eyes on command and can touch the ball of his fingers slowly. He also moved his legs. He had to have a trachea put in and a feeding tube, which his body accepted. He is having a hard time weaning of the vent, but I think to myself it’s only been a week… it takes time. Yesterday evening, the PA comes in and suggests that we transfer him to hospice and place him on a morphine drip!! Is she f*cken kidding me!! She wants me to kill my father, that’s the fourth time this moron says that to me!! My daddy is a fighter, I know he can get through this with all our support! This video gives me hope and the strength to help him as much as I can. Thank you

  44. Michelle Campbell on March 5, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Can you help people that can’t speak with this approach?

  45. Ana Titos on March 5, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    2:11 pre y 11:46 post

  46. Daphne Rodriguez on March 5, 2020 at 11:41 pm


  47. Linda Schroyer on March 5, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    My 60-year old brother had a stroke a couple of years ago affecting the left side of his body. He is left-handed. Thru working with various physical therapists he has regained the used of his left hand and can now walk slowly without a cane, but still drags the left leg. My question is: Do the "Ips" side of the brain signals emit a sound, a tone? My brother is a musician and loves to make music which is hard for him still — he is a drummer and can only keep the beat with his right hand at this time. Is it possible for the brain to react to a musical tone that would resonate as the same frequency as the "Ips" signals? Linda

  48. Kenneth see on March 5, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Tried all these types ofconcepts still paralyzed so bunch of bs click bait

  49. Nuvilla Perez on March 5, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Hi, bravo for you, Dr. Eric C. Leuthanrdt. God Bless you today and always. With much gratitud and affection.

  50. Michael Orchidevik on March 5, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Please,  stop  talking  too much  !    All  Brain  diseases   and   strokes  must  be  reverse  and absolutely  CURED   during   a minutes  or  days .  The  MEDICINE  must be  injected  into  the  Brain  and  Brain  become  like  brand-new .  That"s   what  we  need  .

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