Universal Brain Activity Transmitter for Brain Disorder Treatment

Invention Summary

The Universal Brain Activity Transmitter is a compact wireless recording system that analyzes, compresses and transmits select neural action potential data from the subject to computer via Bluetooth technology. The system can transmit action potential waveform data and timestamp data from identified neurons in active, awake subjects and can be employed to wirelessly program stimulation of neural tissue in subjects. The Universal Brain Activity Transmitter allows wireless, neural stimulation and recording from distances up to 30 meters, greatly enhancing existing capabilities. This can be used in future brain disorder treatment applications.

Market Need for This New Method for Brain Disorder Treatment

The market for more effective and convenient neurological recording devices is estimated to be upward of $5.5 billion. Current electrode devices to record and stimulate neural activity are spatially restrictive, impeding the collection of meaningful biological data.

Benefits

  • Can study the neural basis of natural behaviors inaccessible by other wireless methods
  • Simplified surgical procedures for neural recording
  • Flexibly and reliably records individual neurons at longer intervals and ranges up to 30 meters
  • Self-contained configurable stimulation and recording via one set of electrodes

Application

  • Diagnosis human brain disorders and brain disorder treatment
  • Basic research involving human or animal models in diverse environments
  • Development of new neuromodulation systems of neuroprosthetics
  • Memory enhancement or replacement

Status

Scientifically validated prototype device, the Universal Brain Activity Transmitter
Issued U.S. Patent 7,460,904

Inventors

Sam A. Deadwyler, PhD, Physiology & Pharmacology
Robert E. Hampson, PhD, Physiology & Pharmacology

Related Publications

A wireless recording system that utilizes Bluetooth technology to transmit neural activity in freely moving animals J Neurosci Methods. 2009 Sep .15;182(2):195- 204
Restoring integrative ‘REMIND,’ Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011; 2011:3338-41.

Licensing Contact

Stephen J. Susalka, PhD
Associate Director, Commercialization
+1.336.716.3729

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