Neurosurgeon and immunologist Kevin Tracey shares the frontiers of a new, hybrid field - bioelectronic medicine.
Stimulator devices can tweak nervous system activity to turn down inflammation or treat other effects of disease.
The idea behind bioelectronics is to place devices in various parts of the body to stimulate nerves, which would in turn send signals to specific organs, essentially reversing disease states. GSK has taken a leading role in fostering bioelectronics R&D...
Today researchers are creating implants that can communicate directly with the nervous system in order to try to fight everything from cancer to the common cold.
Research teams across the globe have realised that by targeting individual nerve fibres or specific brain circuits they may soon be able to treat a wide range of conditions that have formerly relied on drug-based interventions.
GSK is quietly building a new treatment pipeline, in parallel to its established work on molecular medicines, that hopes to use peoples’ nerves to treat disease. If successful, it could not only revolutionize its product offering, but change the very way we think of medicine.
Bioelectronic medicine (BEM) is the most recent medical revolution — not an innovation or an improvement or a step up but a radical reimagining of our understanding that it should be possible to treat human illnesses using electrical signals to replace some drugs.
How the medical port, placed under the skin to facilitate the flow of drugs, makes chemotherapy a part of a patient's body.
Bioelectronic devices surgically implanted on nerves interfere with and change the body’s own processes to make them function better.
Kevin Tracey, president of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, on the future of implants that use electrical signals to help the body heal itself.
A substantial number of risky devices are cleared for medical use without clinical testing, including some hip implants, surgical mesh, heart valve rings and defibrillator leads.
Bioelectronic medicine combines molecular medicine, bioengineering, and neuroscience to discover and develop nerve stimulating and sensing technologies to regulate biological processes and treat disease.
Bioelectronic medicine is a scientific discipline that brings together molecular biology, neurophysiology, neurotechnology and analytics to develop nerve-stimulating technologies to regulate the molecular targets underlying disease. This approach promises to deliver therapies superior to pharmaceuticals in terms of efficacy, safety, and cost, without significant side effects.