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Minimizing negative side-effects from electromagnetic neural stimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #39

neural stimulation system

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305

Today we highlight a 2010 patent by Advanced Neuromodulation Systems addressing a serious concern during the use of electromagnetic brain stimulation methods–where unintended stimulation of neurons can cause seizures or migraine headaches.

U.S. Patent No. 7,831,305: Neural stimulation system and method responsive to collateral neural activity

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford E. Gliner
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: November 9, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘305 patent addresses a phenomenon occurring during electromagnetic stimulation treatments of neurological conditions, where unintended stimulation of neurons can cause undesirable or collateral activity such as seizures or migraine headaches. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Increasing neuroplasticity via neuroimaging-enhanced brain stimulation

apparatus

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,756,584

Today we highlight a very thought-provoking (pun intended) patent by Advanced Neuromodulation Systems. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,756,584: Methods and apparatus for effectuating a lasting change in a neural-function of a patient

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): W. Douglas Sheffield, Andrew D. Firlik, Katrina S. Firlik
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: July 13, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘584 patent discloses techniques for identifying stimulation sites of the brain to facilitate plasticity that can aid in rehabilitation of dysfunction resulting from a stroke, traumatic injury, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

The leading-edge in brain stimulation and neuromodulation: Key Neurotech Patent #36

brain stimulation device

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,711,431

Today we discuss a key brain stimulation patent by Brainlab AG.

U.S. Patent No. 7,711,431: Method and device for stimulating the brain

  • Assignee(s): Brainlab AG
  • Inventor(s): Philip Tanner, Thomas Bauch
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: May 4, 2010

SharpBrains’ Take:

One of the fundamental parameters that must be determined during brain stimulation treatment is the quantity or amount of energy to be applied to the patient, and how the magnitude of that energy can vary as a function of spatial orientation to the subject and time over which treatment is applied. Read the rest of this entry »

Enabling deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key neurotechnology patent #34

magnetic stimulation

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848

Today we are sharing a key 2009 patent, assigned to Stanford University, that enables the stimulation of deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848: Robotic apparatus for targeting and producing deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation

  • Assignee(s): Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
  • Inventor(s): M. Bret Schneider, David J. Mishelevich
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: April 21, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘848 patent discloses techniques for stimulating deeper structures of the brain without overwhelming superficial structures that are not the focus of treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

Improving brain stimulation’s efficacy and efficiency: Key neurotechnology patent #32

neural stimulation efficiency

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747

Today we highlight a key brain stimulation patent assigned to Advanced Neuromodulation Systems. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,483,747: Systems and methods for enhancing or affecting neural stimulation efficiency and/or efficacy.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Bradford Evan Gliner, Allen Wyler, Brad Fowler, W. Douglas Sheffield, Richard Kuntz, Kent Leyde, Leif R. Sloan
  • Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
  • Issue Date: January 27, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘747 patent discloses methods for improving efficacy and efficiency of brain stimulation by providing two distinct phases of electromagnetic stimulation that vary from one another in parameters such as time of stimulation, amplitude of signal, location of treatment, frequency of pulse, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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