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For invasive cognitive enhancement to work, firms will need to validate both the “neuro” and the “tech”

A Hardware Update for the Human Brain (The Wall Street Journal):

“The field that gave Emily her life back is known as neurotechnology, or simply neurotech—a marriage of neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery and the kind of hardware that goes into smartphones. Today, most neurotech companies are focused on medical applications, which Read the rest of this entry »

May e-newsletter: MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge, asking “How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?”

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Time for SharpBrains’ May e-newsletter, highlighting what’s new in brain health and mental performance, and featuring a very relevant MIT initiative and a thought-provoking study on the “Cognitive Divide.”

New thinking

 

New research

 

New tools

 

Have a great month of June and, for those based in the US, a great Memorial Day weekend,

 

The SharpBrains Team

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 »

Monitoring neurological signals to detect potential disorders: Key neurotech patent #44

neurological signals

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 8,187,181

Today we feature an important Medtronic patent. (As mentioned, we are discussing foundational Pervasive Neurotech patents, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 8,187,181: Scoring of sensed neurological signals for use with a medical device system

  • Assignee(s): Medtronic, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Ivan Osorio, Mark G. Frei, Nina M. Graves, Jonathon E. Giftakis
  • Technology Category: Neuro-monitoring
  • Issue Date: May 29, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

While some events caused by neurological disorders are readily apparent, other undesirable neurological activity may still occur but be less visible with the patient not exhibiting symptoms. 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 »

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