Navigation Links
Feinstein Institute collaborates with GSK, UPenn, MIT to research body's electrical impulses
Date:4/10/2013

MANHASSET, NY The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research today unveiled a collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) being spearheaded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which aims to discover medicines that use electrical impulses to regulate the body's organs and functions. This initiative is discussed in the April issue of Nature.

"This is a powerful collaboration between leaders in the field of medical device development," said Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute. "We are focused on developing implantable electrical devices as treatments for disease. It is likely that miniaturized, computerized technologies that target neurons will someday replace existing drugs this has the potential to be revolutionize how we think about helping patients."

Nearly all organs and functions in the body are regulated through circuits of neurons that communicate through electrical impulses. There already exist devices that use electrical impulses to treat disease (i.e., pacemakers, defibrillators, deep-brain stimulation), but these devices do not target specific cells in the body. Researchers now believe it is possible to create devices that control action potentials in individual neurons, a critical step in developing technologies to use neural circuits to control specific cells. It may be possible to intervene in a broad spectrum of diseases, like inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, because these conditions can be controlled by neurons.

The collaboration between the Feinstein Institute, GSK, MIT and University of Pennsylvania will dedicate resources with the aim to discover electrical impulse medical treatment (electroceuticals). Specifically, the Feinstein Institute will continue research on the neural codes that underlie diseases of immunity and inflammation to identify intervention points and conduct exploratory clinical work. Initial results have already shown that it is possible to manipulate neural signals specific to different inflammatory mediators in standard laboratory models.


'/>"/>

Contact: Emily Eng
eng3@nshs.edu
516-562-2670
North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Feinstein Institute receives $1 million grant to study impact of World Trade Center attacks on responders
2. DOE Joint Genome Institute 8th Annual Meeting on March 26-28, 2013
3. Forsyth Institute receives $4.1 million grant for new center
4. Harvards Wyss Institute and Sony DADC announce collaboration on Organs-on-Chips
5. Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and Mayo Clinic extend collaborative agreement
6. RayBiotech, Inc. Executes Neuroscience Biomarker Master Services Agreement with Banner Sun Health Research Institute
7. Scripps Research Institute study shows how brain cells shape temperature preferences
8. Salk Institute awarded historic $42 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust
9. La Jolla Institute identifies molecular switch enabling immune cells to better fight disease
10. NJIT and Chinese Tech Institute join forces for 2013 Solar Decathlon in China
11. UTSA engineer Hai-Chao Han named Fellow of Medical and Biological Engineering Institute
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/20/2017)... , March 20, 2017 PMD Healthcare ... personal spirometer and Wellness Management System (WMS), a remote, ... Founded in 2010, PMD Healthcare is a Medical Device, ... a mission dedicated to creating innovative solutions that empower ... With that intent focus, PMD developed the first ever ...
(Date:3/9/2017)... SAN FRANCISCO and MOUNTAIN VIEW, ... Zipongo , "Eating Well Made Simple," and 23andMe ... to help guide better food choices.  Zipongo can now ... only their food preferences, health goals and biometrics, but ... to certain food choices. Zipongo,s personalized food ...
(Date:3/2/2017)... 2017 Summary This report provides all ... partnering interests and activities since 2010. ... Read the full report: ... 2010 report provides an in-depth insight into the partnering activity ... On demand company reports are prepared upon purchase to ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... -- According to a report by Transparency Market Research ... to the presence of a large pool of participants; however, only ... and Sigma-Aldrich, compete with each other in this market. With Proliant ... 76% of this market in 2016.  ... As of now, a large number of vendors ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... monitoring solutions, today announced the hire of Dr. Sigmund “Sig” Floyd as Vice ... applications, strategic partnerships and joint development activities. , “Dr. Floyd’s career has spanned ...
(Date:3/22/2017)...  Ascendis Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ASND), a biopharmaceutical ... address significant unmet medical needs in rare diseases, ... ended December 31, 2016. "2016 ... we broadened our pipeline and pursued our vision ... with an initial focus on endocrinology," said ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ... ), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on ... today that Dr. Miriam Kidron , Oramed,s ... "Oral Insulin for Diabetes Treatment: Bypassing the Roadblock," ... Peptide Therapeutics (OPT) Boston Conference in Cambridge, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: