The Institute of Medicine, one of the National Academies of Science, announced today that John Donoghue, the Henry Merritt Wriston Professor of Neuroscience and Engineering, has been elected as a member. “I am honored to receive this high recognition and to become part of an organization so dedicated to advancing progress in science, medicine and health care,” said Donoghue, who joins four other Brown colleagues as active members of the IOM. Donoghue directs the Brown Institute for Brain Science. He also pioneered and co-leads research on BrainGate, an investigational brain-computer interface now in clinical trials that is designed to help people with severe paralysis regain the ability to communicate and control their environment. In all, the IOM named 70 new members and 10 foreign associates this year. “Through their research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others,” said IOM President Harvey V.Fineberg.