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Tetraplegics use their hands again

Tetraplegia is a massively limiting condition, often caused by serious accidents, in which individuals are unable to move their legs or hands. Affected people are completely dependant on caregivers’ help around the clock.  Any assistive device that could help these patients regain some control over their limbs, especially their hands, would be a tremendous achievement. …

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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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CorTec’ Brain Interchange implant system on track for first-in-man study, funded by the NIH

  The proprietary CorTec neuromodulation system “Brain Interchange” was developed for the discovery of novel neurotherapies. With funding by the US-American National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in collaboration with one of the world leaders in the field, Professor Dr. Jeff Ojemann and his team from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, …

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INTENSE: Dutch neurotechnology network on brain-machine interfaces

With the support of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, a new research network was established in 2021 that aims to develop new neurotechnological therapies for blindness, deafness, paralysis, and epilepsy. By combining recent knowledge about the brain with new possibilities within neurotechnology, the network’s approach is to establish high-bandwidth, wireless interfaces to the human …

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Looking Inside of Nerves – a New Tool for Bioelectronic Medicine

When electrically stimulating a nerve to modulate a specific body function for treating a disease, it is essential to know exactly what you are doing. Peripheral nerves typically are heterogeneous bundles of fiber groups (fascicles) that can carry a variety of functionally different signals from or to different body parts. To evoke a specific response, …

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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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Specifically calming down the inflammatory system by nerve stimulation near the spleen

Inflammatory reactions are supposed to eliminate pathogens in our bodies. Unfortunately, they sometimes get out of control, eventually causing more serious damage than the pathogens themselves. Such overshooting inflammatory responses are, for example, one of the causes for severe cases of the Covid-19 disease, but also frequently occur in other inflammatory diseases that often become …

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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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