2020 News Briefs - International Neuromodulation Society

Earlier News:

Neurostimulation Company Prices Public Offering, Convertible Senior Notes, Totaling Over $300 Million

April 2, 2020 - Nevro Corp. is raising more than $300 million through a public offering and convertible senior notes. (Mass Device)

Noninvasive Neurostimulation Device Subject to an FDA Application for Emergency Use Authorization

April 2, 2020 - The company electroCore has submitted to the FDA an application for Emergency Use Authorization to facilitate study and clinical use of its gammaCore Sapphire noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation therapy for potential use to address respiratory symptoms associated with COVID-19. The application included non-clinical data and data from several pilot studies that involved patients with a variety of respiratory disorders. (Street Insider)

Researchers Document Effects of Target Variations in Circuit-Based Neuromodulation for Depression

April 1, 2020 - In a retrospective analysis transcranial magnetic stimulation to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex for patients with depression, an article describes how small variations in stimulation location were investigated in order to potentially address different depression symptoms, such as sleep disruption, worry, and negative mood. (Science Translational Medicine)

Retrospective Review of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation After Onset of Vestibular Migraine

April 1, 2020 - A single-center retrospective review describes effects of external trigeminal stimulation after onset of vestibular migraine. (Physicians Weekly)

Case Report: Neurostimulation in Tourette Syndrome

March 25, 2020 - A case report details treatment, using deep brain stimulation, of a 15-year-old with refractory Tourette syndrome and associated obsessive compulsive disorder. (Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery)

Review Discusses Emerging Modalities and Implantable Technologies for Neuromodulation

March 31, 2020 - A review considers the future of neuromodulation devices that may help improve understanding of neural control of organ function and precisely modulate those functions in a programmable way. (Source: Cell)

Recording of Cortical Activity Translated Into Text

March 30, 2020 - Researchers reported on their efforts to train a machine-learning neural network to decode an electrocorticogram into a sentence. (Source: Nature Neuroscience)

Deep Brain Stimulation and Camptocormia Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease

March 29, 2020 - A medical team published results of a study that assessed improvements in Parkinson's disease-associated camptocormia following subthalamic deep brain stimulation. (Source: Medical Science Monitor)

Noninvasive Spinal Cord Stimulation Studied in Paralysis

March 25, 2020 - An international team researching transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the spinal cord (TESS) in individuals with tetraplegia published findings of its effect on observations of motor-evoked potentials in arm muscles elicited by cortical and subcortical stimulation. (Source: Journal of Neuroscience)

Paper Presents Novel Intermittent Burst Dosing for Spinal Cord Stimulation

March 26, 2020 - An article summarizes a paper published in Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface on novel intermittent burst dosing in spinal cord stimulation. (Source: NeuroNews International)

Researchers Study Working Memory and Noninvasive Brain Stimulation

March 24, 2020 - Research in healthy subjects tested the effect of transcranial magnetic stimulation on working memory, with and without cognitive load. (Source: EurekAlert)

INS Invites Mentor and Mentee Applications for Members' Neuromodulation Mentorship Program

March 24, 2020 - The International Neuromodulation Society invites applications from chapter leaders and members to participate in the INS Mentorship Program that is designed to engage the next generation of neuromodulation therapy practitioners through discussions about best practices in implantable technologies, clinical management and career development. Applications for both mentors and mentees are available, and will be reviewed by the INS board and members of the Young Neuromodulators and International Women in Neuromodulation committees. (Source: International Neuromodulation Society)

Sham-Controlled Trial Studies Noninvasive Electrical Stimulation in Movement-Evoked Pain

March 23, 2020 - A randomized sham-controlled trial studied if applying transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation during two hours of daily activity at home for four weeks reduced movement-evoked pain and other patient-reported outcomes, compared to sham stimulation or none, in women with fibromyalgia. (Source: MDLinx)

Educational E-Health Tool Summarizes Recommendations on Referral to Spinal Cord Stimulation

March 19, 2020 - Recommendations from a European panel on appropriate referral to spinal cord stimulation is available as an educational e-health tool. (Source: Physician's Weekly)

Noninvasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation Studied for Improvement in Oromotor  Control for Feeding

March 18, 2020 - Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation was studied in a prospective, open-label study in newborns who had oral feeding difficulties due to prematurity or neural injury, as an approach that was paired with bottle-feeding rehabilitation. (Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience)

Manufacturer Acquires Neuromodulation Technology Assets

March 17, 2020 - Cirtec Medical Corporation announced it has acquired intellectual property and some assets from Nuvectra Corporation to use as a platform to support their customers' development of various neuromodulation products for a variety of therapeutic applications. (Source: Benzinga)

Review Summarizes Studies of Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Neuropathic Pain Following Spinal Cord Injury

March 13, 2020  - A review summarizes 11 studies, comprising three different types of noninvasive brain stimulation, in neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury, and identifies findings in one type concerning anxiety. (Source: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

Theory of Sensory Neuromodulation As a Potential Intervention for Neurological Disease

March 6, 2020 - A paper proposes that sensory neuromodulation may be employed to repair dysfunctional brain oscillations, and thus provide a broad therapeutic approach to neurological disease. (Source: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience)

Authors Discuss Spinal Cord Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease

March 16, 2020 - A mini-review presents spinal cord stimulation in Parkinson's disease and potential relevant mechanisms. (Source: Bioelectronic Medicine)

Paper Describes a Deep Brain Stimulation Target in a Case of Epilepsy

March 10, 2020 - Physicians report on the use of deep brain stimulation of the anterior thalamic nucleus for treatment of refractory tuberous sclerosis-related epilepsy. (Source: World Neurosurgery)

Neurostimulator Designed to Address Swallowing Difficulties

March 10, 2020 - Phagenesis Ltd. announced its neurostimulator designed to improve swallowing in patients with dysphagia received Breakthrough Device Designation from the FDA and is CE marked in Europe. (Source: Medgadget)

Authors Summarize Findings Concerning Noninvasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Migraine or Cluster Headache

March 12, 2020 - A systematic review and meta-analysis summarizes six randomized controlled clinical trials of cervical noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation for migraine and cluster headache. (Source: Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface)

Researchers Compare Depressive Symptoms and Targets for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

March 12, 2020 - In a retrospective analysis using mapping from a large imaging database of functional connectivity, researchers compared how distinct clusters of depressive symptoms responded to different transcranial magnetic stimulation targets across independent retrospective data sets. (Source: American Journal of Psychiatry)

Company Announces Its Neurostimulator Has Received MRI Labeling

March 10, 2020 - NeuroPace, Inc. announced it has received MRI labeling from the U.S. FDA for the RNS-320 model of its responsive neurostimulation system that addresses certain types of medication-resistant epilepsy. (Source: Medgadget)

Chart Review Evaluates Noninvasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Vestibular Migraine

Feb. 26, 2020 - A retrospective chart review evaluated noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation for acute vestibular migraine. (Source: Pain Medicine News)

Peripheral Neurostimulator Implanted for Chronic Pain in the U.K.

March 12, 2020 - Bioness, Inc. announced the first implantation in the U.K. of its wireless neuromodulation device to treat chronic pain of peripheral nerve origin. (Source: PR Newswire)

Deep Brain Stimulation for Medically Refractory Epilepsy Performed in West Virginia

March 10, 2020 - A medical center announced the first deep brain stimulation procedures for medically refractory epilepsy were performed in West Virginia. (WVU Medicine)

Noninvasive Stimulation Subject to Clinical Trial for Certain Types of Overactive Bladder

March 10, 2020 - A 12-week-long double-blinded sham-controlled clinical trial at the University of Southern California will evaluate transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the spinal cord in patients with overactive bladder due to neurological conditions, such as injury or stroke. (Source: EurekAlert)

Paper Reports Results from Deep Brain Stimulation in Patients with Refractory OCD

March 9, 2020 - Twelve-month results were reported in a series of 70 patients with refractory obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) who received deep brain stimulation of the ventral anterior limb of the internal capsule. (Source: HCP Live)

Benelux-Area Implantation of Newer Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator Announced

March 9, 2020 - Two Benelux patients with obstructive sleep apnea have been implanted with a newer, externally powered, hypoglossal nerve stimulation system. (Source: Globe Newswire)

Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation Studied in Tourette Syndrome

March 2020 - Four individuals with Tourette syndrome who were implanted, as part of a larger clinical trial, with deep brain stimulation systems with sensing capabilities were studied for six months to differentiate tics from voluntary movement. The study authors believe that this physiological signal could potentially guide development of neuromodulation therapies for the disorder by using a closed-loop approach. (Source: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry)

Data Presented on Patients with Chronic Knee Pain Who Received Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

March 5, 2020 - A case series presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting followed patients with chronic knee pain, who were implanted with a peripheral nerve stimulator to manage the pain, for two years. (Source: Medscape)

Lawmaker Proposes Telehealth Psychological Screening for Spinal Cord Stimulator Therapy

March 4, 2020 - A congressman in Ohio has introduced proposed legislation that would allow Medicare recipients to receive psychological screening for spinal cord stimulation through telehealth, which he said would help residents with chronic pain who have difficulty traveling from rural areas to appointments, and thereby potentially help increase access to neuromodulation. (Source: Sentinel Tribune)

CE Mark Approval Announced for Sinus Nerve Stimulator

March 3, 2020 - Tivic Health Systems, Inc. announced CE Mark approval for its handheld neurostimulator designed to provide temporary relief of sinus pain, pressure and congestion. (Source: Yahoo Finance)

Authors Contemplate Placebo-Controlled Spinal Cord Stimulation Studies

March 2020 - Given the evolving technology for spinal cord stimulation (SCS), a team of authors notes there are emerging opportunities to incorporate placebo controls and blinding when developing studies of SCS in chronic pain. (Source: Pain)

Authors Recommend Clarifying Descriptions of Certain Types of Neurostimulation

March 4, 2020 - A perspective article recommends distinctly identifying different types of burst neurostimulation. (Source: Expert Review of Medical Devices)

Study: Noninvasive Stimulation for Refractory Constipation

March 4, 2020 - An article summarizes a published, sham-controlled study of transabdominal interferential electrical stimulation in cases of refractory constipation. (Source: MedPage Today)

Physicians Summarize the Role of Neuromodulation for Chronic Pain

March 3, 2020 - A pair of physicians give an overview of neuromodulation as a therapy option for chronic pain in a health column. (Source: Harvard Health Blog)

Urology Meeting Presentation on Where to Place the Neuromodulation Lead

March 2020 - A point-counterpoint presentation about sacral, pudendal and tibial nerve stimulation, made at the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction Winter Meeting, is summarized in coverage of the meeting. (Source: Uro Today)

Research Into Deep Brain Stimulation for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

March 1, 2020 - An editorial discusses research into deep brain stimulation (DBS) for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The authors conclude, "The creation of a worldwide database for OCD, like the one developed for DBS in Tourette’s syndrome, would be an important step toward defining predictors of response. Finally, we need to leverage state-of-the-art neurotechnologies (like chronic sensing of local field potentials) to learn more about the neurocircuitry of OCD to discover biomarkers of response and to identify nodes (besides those already studied) that may be targeted to directly modulate the symptoms of OCD." (Source: American Journal of Psychiatry)

Neuromodulation Therapy Research Presented at Urology Meeting

March 2020 - An institutional review of long-term follow-up of sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) patients was presented at the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction Winter Meeting. In addition, data were presented on a leadless implantable tibial nerve stimulator and a rechargeable SNS system. (Source: Uro Today)

Depression Study Will Offer a Mobile App

Feb. 27, 2020 - LivNova said a substudy of its study that seeks to develop reimbursement evidence for implantable vagus nerve stimulation in depression will offer a wearable device and mobile app from Verily to gather additional information on study participants' behavior and response to treatment. (Source: MedTech Dive)

Review Summarizes Data About 10 kHz Spinal Cord Stimulation

Feb. 22, 2020 - A review summarizes current and emerging data about 10 kHz spinal cord stimulation for various pain syndromes. (Source: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics)

Spinout Raises About $16 Million for Its Heart Failure Neuromodulation Device

Feb. 24, 2020 - Minnesota-based Cardionomic Inc. has raised $15.8 million to further human testing and product development for its device that is designed to treat acute decompensated heart failure through catheter-based neuromodulation of certain nerve branches to increase heart contractibility and output. (Source: Twin Cities Business)

Column: Glial Cell Findings and the Potential Impact on Approaches to Spinal Cord Stimulation

January 2020 - A column recaps a keynote address and other developments from the North American Neuromodulation Society annual meeting in which the role of glial cells in pain processing and potential neuromodulation approaches was highlighted. (Source: Neurotech Reports)

Pain Patient in the UK Turns to Spinal Cord Stimulation to Manage Sciatica Pain

Feb. 24, 2020 - A woman who developed chronic sciatica after degenerative disc disease described being referred to spinal cord stimulation and her experiences with a newer device. (Daily Mail)

Feasibility Study Results Published Regarding 10 kHz Neurostimulation in Chronic Abdominal Pain

February 2020 - Twelve-month results were published from a prospective, multicenter feasibility study of the safety and efficacy of 10 kHz spinal cord stimulation in chronic abdominal pain. (Source: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology)

Feasibility Study Explores Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Feb. 20, 2020 - BrainsWay announced results of a randomized, blinded feasibility study of its deep transcranial magnetic stimulation system in adults with ADHD. (Source: Fierce Biotech)

Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Studied in Motor Recovery from Chronic Ischemic Stroke

Feb. 20, 2020 - Results were presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference of a randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled clinical trial in 30 chronic ischemic stroke survivors to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a wearable, multifocal, transcranial, rotating, permanent magnet stimulator for motor recovery. (Source: EurekAlert)

Patient in California Discusses Her Rechargeable Sacral Neurostimulator


Feb. 19, 2020 - An article presents a patient who received a rechargeable sacral neurostimulator for overactive bladder. (Source: WMC-5)

Neurologist Describes a Type of Parkinson's Disease that Recently Led to Postponement of a Concert Tour


Jan. 22, 2020 - In an article, a neurologist who specializes in movement disorder describes a type of Parkinson's disease associated with a gene involved in cellular energy metabolism, Parkin, and the option of deep brain stimulation therapy. Rock musician Ozzie Osbourne recently revealed he was diagnosed with the condition, and following an injury and hospitalization, postponed his North American leg of a concert tour. (Source: The Conversation)

Registry Tracked Patient Experience with Acute Noninvasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Cluster Headache

Feb. 18, 2020 - An article presents and discusses results from a prospective observational registry by gammaCore, concerning use of noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation in the acute treatment of episodic cluster headache from July 2017 to June 2018. (Source: American Journal of Managed Care)

Review: Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Opioid Use Disorder

Feb. 14, 2020 - A systematic review of noninvasive brain stimulation for opioid use disorder considered findings from five studies, which totaled 150 study participants. (Source: Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface)

Trade Outlet Provides Overview of Neuromodulation Therapy for Chronic Pain

Feb. 14, 2020 - An article presents neuromodulation as a potential option for treatment of chronic pain, saying the therapy is an evidence-based innovation with advantages over oral painkillers, and can be trialed in advance. (Source: MedTech Outlook)

Review: Spinal Cord Stimulation as a Treatment for Ischemic Pain

Feb. 18, 2020 - A team of authors published a review about spinal cord stimulation in the treatment of inoperable ischemic pain. The review also references recommendations of the Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee. (Source: Research Reports in Clinical Cardiology)

Researchers Study Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Motor Recovery

Feb. 17, 2020 - A study of closed-loop vagus nerve stimulation in rats examined the consequences of maladaptive central plasticity, subsequent to peripheral nerve injury, on motor function during rehabilitative training following nerve repair. (Source: University of Texas at Dallas)

Model Compares Projected Cost-Effectiveness of Systems for Spinal Cord Stimulation

Feb. 17, 2020 - A cost-effectiveness model compared a wireless spinal cord stimulation single-stage ("direct to implant") system versus a spinal cord stimulator that entails a screening stage prior to permanent implantation. (Source: Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface)

Study Explores Cortical Plasticity from Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

May 2020 - A crossover, blinded, sham-controlled study of 22 healthy volunteers assessed stimulus-specific effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on cortical plasticity. (Source: NeuroImage)

Ultrasound Stimulation Studied in Memory Loss

Feb. 11, 2020 - A small pilot study of 35 people with probable Alzheimer's disease tracked the patients' neuropsychological scores over three months following ultrasound brain stimulation sessions with transcranial pulse stimulation, designed to activate relatively deep parts of the brain and potentially support "neuroplastic regeneration of diseased brain functions". (Source: JAMA Network)

Stimulation Device for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Undergoes Multi-Center Study

Feb. 13, 2020 - An open-label, single-arm study, at centers in Australia, France, and the United Kingdom, evaluated safety and efficacy of a bilateral hypoglossal nerve stimulation device for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. (Source: Healio)

Newspaper Profiles Man with Movement Disorder Who Received Neurostimulation Therapy

Feb. 13, 2020 - An article features a Parkinson's disease patient in Vancouver, B.C. whose function and quality of life improved after he received a deep brain stimulation system. (Source: Vancouver Sun)

Results Presented of Clinical Trial Using Evoked Compound Action Potentials to Adjust Spinal Cord Stimulation

Feb. 13, 2020 - The 12-month results of a randomized, double-blind trial of closed-loop spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain were reported during the annual scientific meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society. (Source: NeuroNews)

Study Provides Preclinical Evidence of Brain Stimulation During Unconscious State

Feb. 12, 2020 - Researchers from the University of Wisconsin reported research in primates in which electrical brain stimulation to the central lateral thalamus was able to arose them from a deep unconscious state induced by deep anesthesia. (Source: Wisconsin State Journal)

Analysis Pools Evidence of Smoking in Spinal Cord Stimulation Patients

Jan. 28, 2020 - A review documents the prevalence of smoking in patients with spinal cord stimulators, which can adversely impact pain-related outcomes. (Source: Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine)

Case Study: Advice on Perioperative Management of Spinal Cord Stimulators

Feb. 10, 2020 - In the context of a case study, two co-authors present advice about the perioperative management of spinal cord stimulators (SCS) and implantable pulse generators to minimize the risk of the SCS losing functionality when patients undergo procedures for other issues. (Source: Pain Medicine)

Clinical Trial in Spain Concerns a Potential Visual Prosthetic that Stimulates the Visual Cortex

Feb. 6, 2020 - An article focused on the first participant of a clinical trial in Spain explains research there to develop a visual prosthetic system that provides visual information from an eye-gear-mounted camera system to the visual cortex. (Source: MIT Technology Review)

Researchers Pursue Development of a Stretchable Polymer Battery

Feb. 5, 2020 - A research lab at Stanford University is developing a solid, but stretchable, polymer battery that might be used in body-worn sensors or medical device applications. (Source: Today's Medical Developments)

Researchers Issue a Guide About Supervised Home Use of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Feb. 10, 2020 - Researchers have produced a guide concerning the supervised use of transcranial direct current stimulation at home for clinical research and practice. (Source: Brain Stimulation)

Author Summarizes Status of Varied Deep Brain Stimulation Targets Studied in Treatment-Resistant Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Feb. 10, 2020 - The status of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in refractory obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and descriptions and rationale regarding six stimulation targets, were covered in an overview article. The article states that fewer than 300 patients with OCD have had DBS, which in the U.S. received an FDA Humanitarian Device Exception clearance. The author notes that most of these patients receiving the treatment participate in clinical trials due to insurance coverage issues. (Source: Psychiatry Advisor)

Randomized Trial Compares Neurostimulation to Medical Treatment Alone in Patients with Advanced Parkinson's Disease

Feb. 7, 2020 - A paper presents 12-month results in a randomized trial in 25 patients with advanced Parkinson's disease that compared deep brain stimulation in the caudal zona incerta versus best medical treatment. (Source: Journal of Neurosurgery)

12-Month Results Published for Prospective, Open-Label Study of Closed Loop Spinal Cord Stimulation

Feb. 5, 2020 - A team of co-authors published 12-month results regarding 50 patients who were implanted with a closed-loop spinal cord stimulation system to treat chronic pain in a prospective, open-label study. (Source: Neurosurgery)

Parkinson's Disease Patient in Germany Receives Recently Approved Deep Brain Stimulation System

Feb. 6, 2020 - The neurosurgical department of the LMU University Hospital in Munich announced that in January it was the first center to implant a Parkinson's disease patient with a deep brain stimulation system, recently approved in the European Union, which records brain signals to personalize the therapy and optimize stimulation delivery. (Source: IDW)

Study: Glutamate as a Potential Biomarker of Response, in Patients with Depression, to Deep Brain Stimulation

April 2020 - In 16 patients with treatment-resistant depression, researchers measured baseline glutamate in the rostral anterior cingulate and checked if that was predictive of response at six months to deep brain stimulation to the subcallosal cingulate. (Source: Journal of Affective Disorders)

Annual Call for Award Applications Opens for Early-Stage Neuromodulation Investigators

February 2020 - The Science & PINS Prize is accepting applications by March 15, 2020 from junior investigators who have performed research in neuromodulation. The competition awards $25,000 and publishes the winner's research essay in the journal Science. The runner-up's essay is also published in Science. (Source: Science)

Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Study Explores Cortical Response

Jan. 31, 2020 - A study in healthy volunteers investigates how the physiological effects of noninvasive brain stimulation differ across the human cortex. (Source: Science Advances)

Multicenter Study Compares Medical Management and Spinal Cord Stimulation in Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Feb. 4, 2020 - A presentation at the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) reported on an ongoing randomized controlled trial of spinal cord stimulation at 10kHz in painful diabetic neuropathy. (Source: NeuroNews)

Column Presents Neuromodulation as a Therapy Option to Manage Chronic Migraine

Feb. 4, 2020 - A column by a physician introduces neuromodulation as one recently emerging therapy option to help manage migraine, and suggests that patients could ask their physicians about different non-pharmaceutical treatments for migraine, since there are now a variety of options. The author says neuromodulation exemplifies the extent of progress being made in migraine management. (Yahoo! Lifestyle)

Heart Failure Neuromodulation Device Implanted in the United States

Feb. 3, 2020 - A medical center in New Jersey announced it is the first U.S. location to implant a neuromodulation device for congestive heart failure, Barostim Neo. (Source: Yahoo! Finance)

Researchers Investigate Brain Stimulation for Chronic Pain

Feb. 3, 2020 - Researchers began a clinical trial in October with funding from National Institutes of Health to directly observe how the brains of chronic pain patients represent their pain. The study may help to improve deep brain stimulation as a possible therapy for chronic pain, by potentially suggesting therapeutic neurostimulation targets and tracking neural response in order to automatically adjust stimulation levels. (Source: UCSF)

Documentary Features Functional Electrical Stimulation

Jan. 30, 2020 - A news story features the Cleveland FES Center, whose work creating functional electrical stimulation systems for people with functional deficits, such as quadriplegia, was included in the documentary "I Am Human". (Source: Freshwater Cleveland)

The Case for Establishing Neuromodulation Centers of Excellence

Jan. 30, 2020 - An opinion article by Robert Levy, MD, PhD, the President of the International Neuro­modulation Society and Editor-in-Chief of Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, presents a strong case for establishing neuromodulation centers of excellence. (Source: Neuro News)

Following a Scientific Meeting, an Analyst Recaps Spinal Cord Stimulation Developments

Jan. 27, 2020 - An industry analyst provided an overview of developments from different spinal cord stimulation companies that were reported during the recent annual scientific meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS). (Source: MD+DI)

Deep Brain Stimulation System Receives FDA Approval for an Additional Brain Target in Parkinson's Disease

Jan. 24, 2020 - Abbott announced the FDA has approved using its deep brain stimulation system to target the globus pallidus interna to manage medication-resistant motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. (Source: MD+DI)

Study Results Presented Concerning Spinal Cord Stimulation in Chronic Pain

Jan. 23, 2020 - Abbott announced results presented at the North American Neuromodulation Society annual meeting about two prospective studies of its spinal cord stimulation system in people in chronic pain. (Biospace)

Device Maker Announces Scientific Presentations Concerning Its Spinal Cord Stimulation System

Jan. 22, 2020 - Nevro Corp. announced there will be a series of data presentations at the North American Neuromodulation Society annual meeting this week in Las Vegas concerning the company's spinal cord stimulation system for chronic pain. (Source: PR Newswire)

Company Begins Proof-of-Concept Studies in Human Subjects

Jan. 22, 2020 - Soin Neuroscience announced the start of early stage proof-of-concept studies in human subjects for the spinal cord stimulation device that the company is developing for chronic pain. (Source: P&T Community)

Company Announces Presentation of Spinal Cord Stimulation Studies

Jan. 21, 2020 - Saluda Medical Pty Limited announced that multiple studies of its spinal cord stimulation system for treatment of chronic pain will be presented during the annual meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society. Neurology Advisor also published a summary of recent findings. (Source: PR Newswire)

Three-month Results Released from Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Spinal Cord Stimulation Modes

Jan. 21, 2020 - Medtronic plc announced three-month results from a randomized controlled trial of differential target multiplexed spinal cord stimulation (SCS) compared to conventional SCS, adding that the results will be presented at the annual meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society. (Source: Globe Newswire)

Case Series Published Concerning Peripheral Nerve Stimulation in Low Back Pain

Jan. 21, 2020 - SBR Therapeutics announced publication of a prospective case series concerning its peripheral nerve stimulation system in the treatment of low back pain. (Source: NeuroNews)

Research Center Formed by Universities in Australia and China

Jan. 15, 2020 - The University of Queensland in Australia and the Southern University of Science and Technology in China established a joint Centre for Neuroscience and Neural Engineering to formalize a partnership in which surgeons from Shenzhen had been trained in neuromodulation in Queensland. The collaboration will continue with research into neural protection and repair following stroke, and improved neuromodulation techniques for movement disorders and neurological conditions. (Source: University of Queensland)

Brain Study Suggests Basis of Essential Tremor and Potential Target for Neuromodulation

Jan. 15, 2020 - A study of structural differences in the brains of people with essential tremor suggests a brain-activity cause for the condition. The research could open possibilities to reduce tremor, potentially, for instance, with noninvasive types of neuromodulation using activity in that particular brain region as a guide, according to the paper's senior author. (Source: Columbia University Irving Medical Center)

Retrospective Article Considers Issues and Advances in Neurotechnology Development

January 2020 - A year-in-review column about developments in 2019 in the neurotechnology field identifies some challenges that have remained over the past decade concerning issues such as clinical trial design of control arms and obtaining reimbursement for emerging therapies. (Source: Neurotech Reports)

Column Discusses Non-Opioid Intrathecal Pain Relief

Jan. 14, 2020 - An opinion article discusses intrathecal ziconotide in the management of chronic non-cancer pain. (Source: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy)

Researcher Analyzes Factors Influencing Development of Neural Interface Technologies

Jan. 8, 2020 - A viewpoint article discusses factors affecting translational research and development of neural technology, particularly, previously approved or emerging implantable devices and functional electrical stimulation systems. (Source: Neuron)

Company's Sacral Neuromodulation System Receives Marketing Clearance in Europe

Jan. 13, 2020 - Medtronic received CE mark clearance introduce its micro neurostimulator and leads for sacral neuromodulation therapy to treat overactive bladder, fecal incontinence, and non-obstrctive urinary retention. (Source: Medgadget)

CE Mark Announced for Deep Brain Stimulation System with Recording Capability

Jan. 9, 2020 - Medtronic has received CE mark approval in Europe for a deep brain stimulation system that can record brain signals. The company said the first implantations will begin next week in western Europe. (Source: Fierce Biotech)

Implantable Vagus Nerve Stimulation Generator is Subject to an FDA Recall in the United States

Dec. 23, 2019 - LivaNova is recalling its implantable vagus nerve stimulation SenTiva Generator System following reports of 14 reset errors that caused it to stop delivering therapy. Four patients required revision surgery to replace the generator. Since mitigation steps were taken July 31, the company said no additional reset errors were reported. The FDA identified the recall, initiated on Aug. 22, as Class I. Patients whose device resets, or who experience a loss of stimulation or an increase in symptoms, are advised to immediately contact a healthcare provide to determine if a replacement is needed. The recall affects 2,909 devices in the United States; the devices that failed did so within 60 days of the start of therapy, according to the FDA. (Source: MedTech Dive)

Device Company Acquires Developer of Differential Target Multiplexed Spinal Cord Stimulation

Jan. 9, 2020 - Medtronic announced it has acquired Stimgenics, a privately held company that developed differential target multiplexed spinal cord stimulation based on studies of neural-glial interactions. Three-month results of an ongoing randomized controlled trial in chronic pain are slated for presentation at the 23rd North American Neuromodulation Society annual meeting this month in Las Vegas. (Source: NeuroNews)

Neurostimulator Receives Marketing Approval in Europe for Treatment of Fecal Incontinence

Jan. 6, 2020 - BioNess announced it has received CE mark approval for its implantable tibial nerve stimulator for the treatment of fecal incontinence. (Source: Mass Device)

Television News Segment Features Clinical Trial of Neurostimulation as a Potential Treatment for Addiction

Jan. 6, 2020 - In a medical television news segment, a Pittsburgh, PA station featured the clinical trial of deep brain stimulation to the nucleus accumbens as an investigative potential therapy for treatment-resistant addiction. (Source: KDKA)

Workshop Invites Applicants to Explore Modeling and Simulation of Peripheral Neuromodulation to Regulate Organ Function

Jan. 1, 2020 - The IT'IS Foundation, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, is seeking applicants by Jan. 31 for a 5-day Ideas Lab in April to develop solutions for predictive modeling of peripheral neuromodulation to regulate organ function. (Source: SPARC Science)

Meta-Analysis Investigates Effectiveness of Placebo Vs. Spinal Cord Stimulation

Jan. 1, 2020 - A meta-analysis of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) trials introduces a potentially generalizable differentiation between placebo and sham concepts and investigates the effectiveness of SCS when compared with placebo. (Source: Pain)

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