Eventually, brain implants will become as common as heart implants. I have no doubt about that - Miguel Nicolelis
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Scientist Kevin Tracey hopes that people afflicted by disease someday won’t have to take pills and worry about the side effects. Instead, they’ll have tiny devices implanted below the skin that help the body to heal itself.
Dr. Tracey, 58, is president of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., and he has been studying the idea for almost two decades. His field is bioelectronic medicine, which tries to harness the electrical signals sent out by the nervous system to control the behavior of cells.
In his latest study, published…
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.
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