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Photobiomodulation: A new and promising way to enhance brain function

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As is increas­ing­ly evi­dent, there are mul­ti­ple meth­ods aimed at enhanc­ing brain func­tion.

Brain train­ing and mind­ful­ness prac­tices are com­mon­ly used. Sub­stance-based meth­ods are pop­u­lar too, includ­ing hal­lu­cino­gens in the form of plant extracts, and drugs. Same as tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion (tDCS) and tran­scra­nial mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion (TMS): All of these are promis­ing but have been chal­lenged — for exam­ple, the repro­ducibil­i­ty of elec­tri­cal-based stim­u­la­tion results is increas­ing­ly ques­tioned. Read the rest of this entry »

Enabling deep, focused transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key neurotechnology patent #34

magnetic stimulation

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848

Today we are shar­ing a key 2009 patent, assigned to Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, that enables the stim­u­la­tion of deep­er struc­tures of the brain with­out over­whelm­ing super­fi­cial struc­tures that are not the focus of treat­ment. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,520,848: Robot­ic appa­ra­tus for tar­get­ing and pro­duc­ing deep, focused tran­scra­nial mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion

  • Assignee(s): Board of Trustees of the Leland Stan­ford Junior Uni­ver­si­ty
  • Inventor(s): M. Bret Schnei­der, David J. Mishele­vich
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: April 21, 2009

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘848 patent dis­clos­es tech­niques for stim­u­lat­ing deep­er struc­tures of the brain with­out over­whelm­ing super­fi­cial struc­tures that are not the focus of treat­ment. Read the rest of this entry »

The future of personalized brain stimulation via enhanced cognitive-emotive profiles: Key neurotechnology patent #31

cognitive-emotive profiles

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903

Today we high­light a fas­ci­nat­ing 2008 patent describ­ing how to com­bine a num­ber of neu­rotech­nolo­gies (EEG feed­back, TMS brain stim­u­la­tion, monitoring/ train­ing soft­ware) to help “upgrade” one’s cog­ni­tive-emo­tive pro­file.

U.S. Patent No. 7,460,903: Method and sys­tem for a real time adap­tive sys­tem for effect­ing changes in cog­ni­tive-emo­tive pro­files

  • Inventor(s): Jaime A. Pine­da, Bren­dan Z. Alli­son
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Hybrid
  • Issue Date: Decem­ber 2, 2008

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘903 patent describes cou­pling neu­romon­i­tor­ing with brain activ­i­ty induc­ing tech­nolo­gies by com­bin­ing tech­niques includ­ing EEG brain­waves, TMS devices, and a set of soft­ware tools to enhance brain func­tion­al­i­ty in adap­tive and durable ways, via upgrad­ed indi­vid­ual cog­ni­tive-emo­tive pro­files. Read the rest of this entry »

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

apparatus

– 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 »

The evolution of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Key Neurotech Patent #23

transcranial stimulation

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 7,008,370

Today we are shar­ing a 2006 patent assigned to Brain­lab. (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 7,008,370: Method and device for tran­scra­nial mag­net­ic stim­u­la­tion.

  • Assignee(s): Brain­lab Ag
  • Inventor(s): Phillip Tan­ner, Andreas Hartlep, Hen­rik Wist, Ker­stin Wen­dicke, Thomas Weyh
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Tran­scra­nial Stim­u­la­tion
  • Issue Date: March 7, 2006

SharpBrains’ Take:

Tran­scra­nial stim­u­la­tion of tar­get­ed regions with auto­mat­ed means requires the auto­mat­ed sys­tem to have knowl­edge of the loca­tion of the patien­t’s tar­get­ed brain region in ref­er­ence to the device induc­ing brain activ­i­ty. Read the rest of this entry »

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