“Brain scans of adolescents who are heavy users of smartphones, tablets and video games look different from those of less active screen users, preliminary results from an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health show [Read more…] about Large NIH study to collect and share data on the impact on kids’ brains of screen time and other social, behavioral, physical and environmental factors
NIH Starts to Spend $4.8 Billion in “Extra” Cures Drug Research Money (P&T Community):
“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched 110 new brain research projects in the fiscal year ending last September (2017) with the first portion of the $1.5 billion over 10 years it will hopefully receive from the 21st Century Cures Act, which spread a total of $4.8 billion over four NIH programs. That is money over and above the NIH annual appropriation from Congress. The other three “Innovation Funds” are: Precision Medicine, Cancer Moonshot, and Regenerative Medicine.
The $1.5 billion in new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neuro-technologies (BRAIN) research money seems particularly important given the announcement in January that Pfizer was ending its Alzheimer’s research program [Read more…] about The NIH starts spending $1.5 billion in new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neuro-technologies (BRAIN) projects
Today we discuss a 2007 patent assigned to Regents of the University of Michigan, the NIH and the US Deptartment of Health and Human Services.
U.S. Patent No. 7,190,995: System and method for analysis of respiratory cycle-related EEG changes in sleep-disordered breathing
- Assignee(s): Regents of the University of Michigan; NIH and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
- Inventor(s): Ronald D. Chervin, Joseph W. Burns, Nikolas S. Subotic, Christopher Roussi
- Technology Category: EEG
- Issue Date: March 13, 2007
The ‘995 patent applies EEG technology to measuring a relevant feature to everyone’s life: breathing. Specifically, the respiratory measurement cycle may be used to treat sleep-related breathing conditions such as sleep apnea, hypopnea and sleep fragmentation. [Read more…] about Treating sleep-related breathing conditions–such as sleep apnea–via EEG brainwave analysis: Key neurotechnology patent #28
Today we are sharing a key 2006 patent assigned to The Regents of The University of Texas, the NIH, and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)
U.S. Patent No. 7,087,008: Apparatus and methods for delivery of transcranial magnetic stimulation.
- Assignee(s): The Regents of The University of Texas; The NIH, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Government
- Inventor(s): Peter Fox, Jack Lancaster
- Technology Category: Transcranial Stimulation
- Issue Date: August 8, 2006
With a fairly extensive specification (spanning 19 illustration sheets and 18 pages of written material), the ‘008 discloses teachings that leverage the precision of robotic movement capabilities to enhance targeted transcranial stimulation. Four independent claims provide broad and interweaving claim coverage over the robotic/transcranial stimulation system and methods. [Read more…] about The state and future of robotics applied to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #25
How the NFL tried to manipulate a government study on football and brain injuries (Los Angeles Times):
“The National Institutes of Health seems to have discovered what communities across the land already know: The National Football League is an untrustworthy partner.
Heads-up: There’s an excellent–and open-access– research supplement in Nature, result of an NIH-led effort to advance the global brain disorders research agenda.
Description: Infants are starved of oxygen during difficult births. Children’s cognitive function is permanently damaged due to malnutrition or exposure to infections or toxins. Adults suffer from [Read more…] about NIH outlines global research agenda to tackle brain disorders–from cognitive impairments to depression and dementia