Ten emerging areas of neuroscience that will impact the future of
treatments for brain and nervous system
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO) today announced the top ten emerging areas of neuroscience that will impact the future of treatments for brain and nervous system. According to NIO, the trade association that represents the 500 companies worldwide developing treatments for the brain and nervous system, the U.S. economic burden of brain-related disorders has reached more than $1 trillion, highlighting the acute need for continued neuroscience research and therapeutic development.
"Advances across a wide spectrum of neuroscience research are making possible the development of more effective treatments for the nearly 100 million Americans and 2 billion people worldwide that currently suffer from brain-related illnesses," said Zack Lynch, Executive Director of NIO.
Top 10 Trends of 2007:
1. Advancing discovery tools underpin innovation: Beyond biochips and
brain imaging, recent advances in neuroinformatics, image-based neural
circuit analysis, and neural computation are accelerating the pace of
neuroscientific discovery beyond what was imagined a decade ago.
2. Neuroimmunology leading to new treatment targets: The discovery that
immune molecules play a crucial role in shaping neuronal connections
opens up new treatment targets for Alzheimer's, autism, ALS,
Parkinson's, schizophrenia, and nerve injury.
3. National Neurotechnology Initiative: Momentum for the new $200M/year
federal R&D initiative aimed at accelerating translational neurotech
innovation and improving the effectiveness of FDA review process for
neuroscience drugs, devices and diagnostics grows.
4. Neurodevice interfaces improve prosthetics and treatments: Advanced
|SOURCE The Neurotechnology Industry Organization|
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