Dr. Schwartz received his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Minnesota in 1984. He then went on to a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Apostolos Georgopoulos, who was developing the concept of directional tuning and population-based movement representation in the motor cortex. After working in Phoenix and San Diego, he moved to the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. Through his research, Schwartz developed paradigms to explore cortical signals generated during volitional arm and hand movements. This effort has shown that a high-fidelity representation of movement intention could be decoded from the motor cortex and enabled technology now being used by paralyzed subjects to operate a high-performance prosthetic arm and hand.
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