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New approach to neurorehabilitation: cranial nerve noninvasive neuromodulation (CN-NINM) technology

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Yuri P. Danilov, Mitchel E. Tyler, Kurt A. Kaczmarek, Kimberley L. Skinner

Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)

Proc. SPIE 9112, Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, and Environmental Monitoring IV, 91120L (June 5, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2058744
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  • Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, and Environmental Monitoring IV
  • Šárka O. Southern; Mark A. Mentzer; Isaac Rodriguez-Chavez; Virginia E. Wotring
  • Baltimore, Maryland, USA | May 05, 2014

abstract

Cranial Nerve NonInvasive NeuroModulation (CN-NINM) is a primary and complementary multi-targeted rehabilitation therapy that appears to initiate the recovery of multiple damaged or suppressed brain functions affected by neurological disorders. It is deployable as a simple, home-based device (portable neuromodulation stimulator, or PoNSTM) and training regimen following initial patient training in an outpatient clinic. It may be easily combined with many existing rehabilitation therapies, and may reduce or eliminate the need for more aggressive invasive procedures or possibly decrease total medication intake.

CN-NINM uses sequenced patterns of electrical stimulation on the tongue. Our hypothesis is that CN-NINM induces neuroplasticity by noninvasive stimulation of two major cranial nerves: trigeminal (CN-V), and facial (CN-VII). This stimulation excites a natural flow of neural impulses to the brainstem (pons varolli and medulla), and cerebellum, to effect changes in the function of these targeted brain structures, extending to corresponding nuclei of the brainstem.

CN-NINM represents a synthesis of a new noninvasive brain stimulation technique with applications in physical medicine, cognitive, and affective neurosciences. Our new stimulation method appears promising for treatment of a full spectrum of movement disorders, and for both attention and memory dysfunction associated with traumatic brain injury. © (2014) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
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Yuri P. Danilov ; Mitchel E. Tyler ; Kurt A. Kaczmarek and Kimberley L. Skinner
" New approach to neurorehabilitation: cranial nerve noninvasive neuromodulation (CN-NINM) technology ", Proc. SPIE 9112, Sensing Technologies for Global Health, Military Medicine, and Environmental Monitoring IV, 91120L (June 5, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2058744; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2058744


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