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Upcoming event on therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses of non-invasive neuromodulation devices

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Heads-up: The Insti­tute of Med­i­cine (IOM), a branch of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences, is putting togeth­er a for­ward-look­ing work­shop on Non-Inva­sive Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion of the Cen­tral Ner­vous Sys­tem. March 2–3rd, 2015, in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Descrip­tion: Based on advances in biotech­nol­o­gy and neu­ro­science, neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion devices are poised to gain clin­i­cal impor­tance in the com­ing years and to be of increas­ing inter­est to patients, health care providers and pay­ers, and indus­try. Emerg­ing evi­dence sug­gests that the poten­tial ther­a­peu­tic and non-ther­a­peu­tic uses of non-inva­sive neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion devices for the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem are broad and will con­tin­ue to expand. Along with the grow­ing num­ber of oppor­tu­ni­ties, there are chal­lenges and open ques­tions asso­ci­at­ed with the use of these devices. Cur­rent­ly, there is a need for greater under­stand­ing of the poten­tial ben­e­fits and risks; in par­tic­u­lar, of the short- and long-term impact of using these devices. From a reg­u­la­to­ry stand­point, there are sci­en­tif­ic and clin­i­cal ques­tions that are impor­tant for reg­u­la­to­ry approval and usabil­i­ty for con­sumers. A third area of con­sid­er­a­tion is the exist­ing, and appro­pri­ate, lev­els of evi­dence for reim­burse­ment. Sev­er­al issues raise eth­i­cal ques­tions, includ­ing the poten­tial for off-label, over-the-counter, or “do it your­self” uses or for enhance­ment. Giv­en the grow­ing inter­est in non-inva­sive neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion devices for the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem, the goal of this work­shop is to explore oppor­tu­ni­ties, chal­lenges, and eth­i­cal ques­tions sur­round­ing the devel­op­ment, reg­u­la­tion and reim­burse­ment of such devices.

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