Sumner is a research scientist with a decade of experience designing brain-machine interfaces (BMI) and neuroprosthetics for people with neurological injury or disease. His research has leveraged existing BMI techniques to awaken new pathways in the brain, restoring movement to people with paralysis. More recently, he introduced ultrasound as the newest technique for measuring detailed brain function that can enable less invasive, high-throughput brain-machine communication.
In addition to research, Sumner has been active in state and federal government advocacy for scientific research, education and innovation. He also served as an editor and writer for the Journal of Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation and the NPR program "The Loh Down on Science".
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