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Neuroengineering meets neuroethics to address treatment-resistant depression

Dr. Maryam Shanechi. Cred­it: USC Viter­bi

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Is This the Future of Men­tal Health? (USC Viter­bi School of Engi­neer­ing):

Brain–machine inter­faces (BMIs) pro­vide a direct path­way to the brain to trans­late brain sig­nals into actions … Below, Shanechi (Note: Maryam Shanechi, PhD, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of elec­tri­cal and com­put­er engi­neer­ing) answers some ques­tions about her work and what the future might hold for our under­stand­ing and treat­ment of men­tal dis­or­ders.

What poten­tial does this hold for the future not just of men­tal health, but of under­stand­ing our brains as a whole?

Neu­ropsy­chi­atric dis­or­ders are a major cause of dis­abil­i­ty world­wide with depres­sive dis­or­ders being the most dis­abling among them. About 30% of major depres­sion patients are treat­ment-resis­tant – that’s about 5 mil­lion peo­ple in the US alone. Read the rest of this entry »

Augmenting physiotherapy via neurofeedback and neurostimulation: Key neurotechnology patent #43

therapy control

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694

Today we are shar­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing patent from Medtron­ic.  (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing 50 foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patents, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,121,694: Therapy control based on a patient movement state

  • Assignee(s): Medtron­ic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Gre­go­ry F. Mol­nar, Steven S. Gill, Kei­th A, Miesel, Mark S. Lent, Tim­o­thy J. Deni­son, Eric J. Panken, Carl D. Wahlstrand, Jonathan C. Werder
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neu­ro-mon­i­tor­ing
  • Issue Date: Feb­ru­ary 21, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘694 patent dis­clos­es meth­ods to treat patients afflict­ed with move­ment or oth­er neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­or­ders through brain-sig­nal feed­back. Read the rest of this entry »

Fully concentrated on task at hand? Then your computer won’t distract you

brain notification

Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 8,055,722

Today we high­light a fas­ci­nat­ing patent by IBM that lever­ages brain mon­i­tor­ing (includ­ing EEG feed­back) to sup­press dis­tract­ing notifications–hopefully such a sys­tem will become avail­able soon!  Read the rest of this entry »

Monitoring neurological activity to detect epileptic seizures: Key Neurotech Patent #9

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,473,639

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Today we are shar­ing a 2002 patent assigned to Neu­ropace, Inc. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,473,639: Neu­ro­log­i­cal event detec­tion pro­ce­dure using processed dis­play chan­nel based algo­rithms and devices incor­po­rat­ing these pro­ce­dures.

  • Assignee(s): Neu­ropace, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): David R. Fis­chell, Jonathan Har­wood, Ben­jamin D. Pless
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neu­ro-mon­i­tor­ing
  • Issue Date: Octo­ber 29, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘639 patent dis­clos­es tech­niques for detect­ing neu­ro­log­i­cal activ­i­ty, name­ly the occur­rence of an epilep­tic seizure based on algo­rith­mic pro­cess­ing of sig­nals mea­sur­ing brain activ­i­ty. Read the rest of this entry »

Is the future of brain sensors and signals open-source or commercial? (Hint: Probably both)

OpenEphysNeu­ro­sci­en­tists Join the Open-Source Hard­ware Move­ment (IEEE Spec­trum):

Grad­u­ate stu­dents Josh Siegle and Jakob Voigts were plan­ning an ambi­tious series of exper­i­ments at their MIT neu­ro­science labs in 2011 when they ran into a prob­lem. Read the rest of this entry »

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