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Treating sleep-related breathing conditions–such as sleep apnea–via EEG brainwave analysis: Key neurotechnology patent #28

sleep-disordered breathing

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,190,995

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

SharpBrains’ Take:

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 the rest of this entry »

The state and future of robotics applied to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #25


– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 7,087,008

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

SharpBrains’ Take:

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 the rest of this entry »

Public Brain Health vs. Private Brain Research Funds: How the NFL tried to influence NIH studies


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.

According to a report Read the rest of this entry »

NIH outlines global research agenda to tackle brain disorders–from cognitive impairments to depression and dementia

BrainDisordersLifespanHeads-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 the rest of this entry »

Google gets serious about brain & mental health innovation and hires NIMH Director Tom Insel



NIH Director’s Statement Regarding Dr. Thomas Insel’s Departure:

“After serving 13 years as Director for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Thomas R. Insel, M.D., will step down effective November 1, 2015…he is definitely not retiring. He is planning to join the Google Life Sciences Read the rest of this entry »

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