Technology

Neurostimulation for the treatment of cortical dysfunction

New insights gained from research into the transcranial electrical stimulation of the brain enable the development of novel therapies for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases through a modulation of the cerebral cortex excitability.

EASEE®: One system, two effects

INHIBITING STIMULATION
E.G. EPILEPSY


EXCITATORY STIMULATION
E.G. DEPRESSION


EASEE® is versatile -the central electrode in the electrode mat can act either as an anode or a cathode, depending on whether an excitatory or inhibitory effect is desired. Therefore the relevance of EASEE® extends beyond epilepsy to the treatment of other functional cerebral diseases.

Excitatory effects could help shorten the rehabilitation phase of stroke patients or help people with cognitive dysfunctions better manage their everyday lives. Those suffering from psychiatric conditions such as depression, could also benefit from EASEE®.

Closed-loop

The next step is the further development of the EASEE® System into a closed-loop system. By building on the current technology, future EASEE® devices will be able to record and evaluate brain activity (EEG) and, if necessary, respond with targeted stimulation, for example to intercept seizures. The project is supported by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research).