Nia Therapeutics, developer of implantable brain stimulation technology to restore memory function to patients with memory impairment, announced that it has completed the acquisition of an integrated circuit technology for brain sensing and stimulation developed by Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc.
Nia Therapeutics was accepted into the initial cohort of the J&J JPOD accelerator program at the University of Pennsylvania's Pennovation Center. The goal of JPOD is to identify and accelerate the development of early-stage healthcare solutions from the Philadelphia region’s life science ecosystem that address significant unmet patient and consumer needs.
A little electrical brain stimulation can go a long way in boosting memory. The key is to deliver a tiny pulse of electricity to exactly the right place at exactly the right moment, a team reports in Tuesday's Nature Communications.
Researchers led by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Michael Kahana show that machine learning algorithms can be used to decode and then enhance human memory. How? By triggering the delivery of precisely timed pulses of electricity to the brain.
Imagine if when you tried to learn something new, whether a person’s name or your 15th e-mail password, your brain received an electrical boost. This little jolt of electricity would shock neurons into action and make them pay attention, increasing your likelihood of being able to recall the information when you needed it.
People with a brain injury or dementia often struggle to remember simple things, like names or places. In research published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, scientists have shown it may be possible to improve this sort of memory using tiny pulses of electricity — if they're properly timed.
Well-timed pulses from electrodes implanted in the brain can enhance memory in some people, scientists reported on Thursday, in the most rigorous demonstration to date of how a pacemaker-like approach might help reduce symptoms of dementia, head injuries and other conditions.