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BOSTON – Nov 1, 2006 — Andrew J. Fuglevand, PhD, associate professor at The University of Arizona College of Medicine, has been named the winner of the Delsys Prize for 2006, the world’s only prize that recognizes invention and innovation in the field of electromyography. Electromyography is a medical technique used to evaluate and record muscle response to nervous stimulation. Dr. Fuglevand’s entry, titled, “Probability-Based Prediction of Electromyographic Activity in Multiple Muscles,” was chosen from a field of 112 entries, which underwent a rigorous evaluation process by a review panel of five experts from scientific, engineering and medical disciplines in academia and industry.

An associate professor with the UA Department of Physiology and the Arizona Research Laboratories Division of Neurobiology, Dr. Fuglevand has dedicated 20 years of his research toward understanding how the nervous system controls the action of muscles to produce coordinated movements.

He said, “I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the Delsys Prize and am most grateful to the Delsys Company for promoting biomedical research and innovation in such a tangible way. I hope that this award will help highlight the crucial role that electromyography plays in understanding, and hopefully overcoming, a variety of neurological disorders, such as spinal cord injury and stroke.”

Carlo J. De Luca, chairman of the Delsys Prize Review Board and president and CEO of Delsys, said, “The caliber of research presented was unquestionably impressive, as was the diversity put forward by scientists and investigators from 27 different countries. This year’s prize has shown us that electromyography is capturing the creativity and the enthusiasm of some of the world’s brightest minds. We are very excited by the possibilities that lie ahead in this field, and Delsys is eager to continue providing innovative quality products.”

About the Delsys Prize:

The world’s only prize for invention and innovation in the field of electromyography, the Delsys Prize annually honors researchers who demonstrate excellence in creativity and invention surrounding the field of electromyography. It was established by Carlo J. De Luca in 2003 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Delsys Inc.

About Delsys Inc:

Delsys is a spin-off company from the NeuroMuscular Research Center at Boston University. The company designs, manufactures, and markets a variety of products that are used mainly to detect and measure very low-level electrical signals that are generated in a muscle when it contracts (the EMG signal). Products sold by the company also include EKG sensors, accelerometers, foot sensors, goniometers and a range of other biosignal sensors.

To date, more than 750 laboratories and clinics worldwide are using Delsys EMG systems for exploring the workings of the neuromuscular system: in clinics, for assessing the extent of neuromuscular injury or disability and for monitoring the progress of rehabilitation; in sports applications, for enhancing human neuromuscular performance; in ergonomics, for providing quantitative evaluations of workers performing tasks or for improving the interaction between the human body and machines; and in biofeedback applications, for reducing muscle stress, relearning movement patterns and enhancing skilled performance.

Press Contacts

Tiziana De Luca
Delsys, Inc.

Janet Stark
Arizona Health Sciences Center at The University of Arizona