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Speak your mind! – Pilot clinical study with severely paralyzed patients

CorTec is part of an international clinical study that will enable severely paralyzed people to communicate again – with the help of an implantable brain-computer interface. It is a vision that has been at the core of CorTec’s DNA since its inception more than 10 years ago by now: Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) that enable severely …

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Getting back that feeling.

For a project recently accepted for funding by the NIH, CorTec will supply novel electrodes to help people regain sensation from missing limbs.   Losing a limb not only severely impairs our motor abilities, but also significantly impairs our level of independence. While prostheses can help to regain mobility, one of their biggest shortcomings is …

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A novel wireless research device for chronic pain relief

Electrically stimulating the spinal cord can be an effective therapy for different kinds of treatment-resistant chronic pain. The exact mechanisms through which the stimulation suppresses pain are still not fully understood. In most systems currently used in patients, the electrodes are placed epidurally into the spinal cord canal. There is evidence that the stimulation effects …

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PEDOT coating paired with low frequency alternating currents enables physiological nerve blocks

Delivering electrical currents to nerves can not only serve to stimulate them, by inducing action potentials that are carried along the nerve and finally activate the end organ (e.g., a muscle). Certain stimulation patterns can also suppress nerve activity, leading to an inhibitory effect on the respective end organs. This is of specific interest for …

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A software tool for optimizing peripheral motor stimulation

CorTec’s cuff electrodes have proven extremely helpful as interfaces for electrically interacting with the peripheral nervous system. The range of possible applications is vast. Cuff sizes, shapes and contact arrangements can be tailored to the specific target nerves, and the electrodes can both, stimulate and record. Nerve stimulation is often used for activating muscles, e.g. …

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Seeing the light for treatment-resistant epilepsy

Most users of CorTec’s implantable electrodes use electrical energy to power their neurostimulation device. Our long-standing collaboration partner Synergia Medical  is exploring an alternative option: Light! A special promise of optoelectronic solutions is based on the fact that they can use light conductors instead of metallic cables for energy transmission. Metallic cabling poses a risk …

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Bladders need flexibility

Our urinary bladders have to fulfil two very different functions: On the one hand, they need to reliably collect urine throughout the day without any unintentional leakage. On the other hand, they need to empty as completely as possible during urination. To that end, the muscles involved in those two processes need to perform opposite …

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CorTec introduces Moore4Medical

Research and development are the focus of our work. With a highly skilled team we are working closely together with our partners to promote and deploy the technology developed by us in funded projects. Today we would like to introduce the Moore4Medical* project to you. It is the overarching objective of Moore4Medical to accelerate innovation …

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