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Neurotechnology Industry Organization Unveils Top 10 Neuroscience Trends of 2007
Date:11/2/2007

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

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