"The NIH is investigating the application of these devices for the treatment of a wide range of neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions and chronic pain," said Nick B. Langhals, Ph.D., Program Director for Neural Engineering within the Division of Translational Research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. "The neuromodulation technologies provided by Abbott will help us determine the inner workings of the nervous system to help fill gaps in our current knowledge of the brain and provide opportunities for exploring how the brain interacts with the human body in patients with neurological conditions."
Abbott's neuromodulation therapies have helped thousands of people with neurological conditions to continue living fuller lives while managing Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and chronic pain. In addition to disrupting the marketplace with innovative therapies, Abbott continues to focus on enhancing the patient experience, such as integrating consumer-friendly technologies like mobile phones and tablets.
Neurological disorders and diseases present a significant burden to the United States healthcare system, with over 100 million people experiencing at least one of the known neurological disorders.1 With age being a contributing factor to many neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease, this number is expected to increase by 2050.1,2
Launched in 2013, the BRAIN Initiative looks to understand the functions of the human brain by researching and developing new uses for innovative technologies. Recently, the BRAIN Initiative assembled participants from contributing federal agencies, non-federal organizations, as well as members of the media, public, and Congress at its 5th Annual Investigators Meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting provided a forum for discussing recent scientific developments and potential new directions in brain research and identified areas for collaboration and research coordination.
"Researchers at Abbott are continuously striving to better understand how neuromodulation technology can benefit people living with chronic pain or movement disorders," said Keith Boettiger, vice president, Neuromodulation, Abbott. "In addition to our own research efforts, including clinical and real-world studies, working together with world-class scientists at the NIH will help us further validate our neuromodulation therapies and explore new avenues where they may benefit patients affected by devastating neurological conditions."
1 Gooch C, Pract E, Borenstein A,. The burden of neurological disease in the United States: A summary report and call to action. Annals of Neurology 2017.https://doi.org/10.1002/ana.24897
2 Marras, C., Beck, J. C., Bower, J. H., et al., on behalf of the Parkinson's Foundation P4 Group (2018). Prevalence of Parkinson's disease across North America. Npj Parkinson's , 4(1), 1–7.