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Dr. Anna Wexler to discuss the Present and Future of DIY Brain Enhancement at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)

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Proud to confirm that Dr. Anna Wexler, a science writer, filmmaker and postdoc fellow in advanced biomedical ethics at the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the Present and Future of DIY Brain Enhancement (especially brain stimulation modalities such as tDCS) at the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit.

Her research centers on the ethical, legal and social implications of emerging neurotechnology. Dr. Wexler received Read the rest of this entry »

Ethical issues raised around deep brain stimulation (DBS) research

Researchers grapple with the ethics of testing brain implants (Science):

“In 2003, neurologist Helen Mayberg of Emory University in Atlanta began to test a bold, experimental treatment for people with severe depression, which involved implanting metal electrodes deep in the brain in a region called area 25. The initial data were promising; eventually, they convinced a device company, St. Jude Medical in Saint Paul, to sponsor a 200-person clinical trial dubbed BROADEN.

This month, however, Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) can reduce fatigue in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

 

Leigh Charvet, PhD and a member of her research team use the transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) equipment. Credit: NYU Langone Health

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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Shown to Reduce Fatigue Associated with Multiple Sclerosis (NYU Lagone Health press release):

“People with multiple sclerosis (MS) who underwent a non-invasive form of electrical brain stimulation experienced significant reductions in fatigue, a common and often debilitating symptom of the disease Read the rest of this entry »

Connecting cardiological and neurological health: Key neurotech patent by Medtronic

cardiac signals

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009

Today we are sharing a fascinating Medtronic patent combining cardiac monitoring with brain stimulation. (As mentioned, we are featuring foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,209,009: System and method for segmenting a cardiac signal based on brain stimulation

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Jonathon E. Giftakis, Nina M. Graves, Mark Turner Rise
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: June 26, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

This patent considers the inter-relationship and co-occurrence of activity between brain and heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright

Elon Musk just detailed his ambitious plans for a new brain-computer interface platform. Superathlete Tom Brady revealed his “brain resiliency programme” to increase his athletic edge. Elite US military units are testing brain stimulation headsets to stimulate neuroplasticity and boost mental and physical performance.

And they are not the only ones innovating at the frontier of brain and human enhancement. Keep reading article over at World Economic Forum’s Agenda.

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