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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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