Bioelectronic medicine is a new approach to treat and diagnose disease and injury. All major organs of the body are innervated, allowing the brain to both monitor and regulate organ function. Bioelectronic medicine uses device technology to read and modulate the electrical activity within the body’s nervous system, opening new doors to real-time diagnostics and treatment options for patients. Nerve-stimulating or nerve-blocking devices, either implanted on a nerve or held against the skin, have the potential to modulate specific nerve activity, elicit a specific change in organ function, and restore health, without the complicated side effects of pharmaceutical agents. Such devices are already in clinical trials to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and colitis.
We use a team-based approach combining expertise in neurophysiology, neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, and bioengineering to identify physiological triggers, develop new research tools and medical device technology to ‘tap into’ neural pathways in the body to treat disease and injury. We also uncover new ways to understand the language of the nervous system to perform advanced diagnostics. Our approach is effective and less expensive to develop than pharmaceuticals, easier to administer, non-toxic, more precise, 100% compliant, involves minimal health risks and side effects, and offers an extensible R&D platform.