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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

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– 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 »

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 »

Reducing negative side effects from neural stimulation: Key Neurotech Patent #24

systems-and-methods

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,024,247

We are fea­tur­ing today a 2006 patent, assigned to Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems, espe­cial­ly rel­e­vant for brain stim­u­la­tion meth­ods which may car­ry some neg­a­tive side effects.

U.S. Patent No. 7,024,247: Sys­tems and meth­ods for reduc­ing the like­li­hood of induc­ing col­lat­er­al neur­al activ­i­ty dur­ing neur­al stim­u­la­tion thresh­old test pro­ce­dures.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Brad­ford Evan Glin­er, Kent Leyde
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: April 4, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

Deal­ing with the prob­lem of unde­sir­able col­lat­er­al activ­i­ty dur­ing stim­u­la­tion treat­ment, the ‘247 patent describes a “test” stim­u­la­tion to deter­mine thresh­olds for both patient respon­siv­i­ty (to the stim­u­la­tion) and the para­me­ters of a sec­ond treat­ment stim­u­la­tion (to avoid col­lat­er­al activ­i­ty). Read the rest of this entry »

Recovery of visual function through neural stimulation: Key Neurotech Patent #22

neural stimulation

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,990,377

Today we are shar­ing a very inter­est­ing 2006 patent, assigned to Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems, span­ning both inva­sive and non-inva­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies.

U.S. Patent No. 6,990,377: Sys­tems and meth­ods for facil­i­tat­ing and/or effec­tu­at­ing devel­op­ment, reha­bil­i­ta­tion, restora­tion, and/or recov­ery of visu­al func­tion through neur­al stim­u­la­tion.

  • Assignee(s): Advanced Neu­ro­mod­u­la­tion Sys­tems, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Brad­ford E. Glin­er, War­ren D. Sheffield
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: Jan­u­ary 24, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘377 patent dis­clos­es treat­ments com­bin­ing mul­ti­ple neu­rotech­nolo­gies, cou­pling neu­rostim­u­la­tion tech­niques (e.g., elec­tri­cal, mag­net­ic, etc.) with soft­ware-based visu­al train­ing pro­grams. Read the rest of this entry »

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