The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent on a system and method for monitoring nerve activity. The innovations were created by Dr. Peng-Sheng Chen and Shien-Fong Lin of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Many diagnostic and treatment methods in the fields of medicine and biology rely on measurements of nerve activity in patients and test subjects. The current best practice requires implanting electrodes close to a nerve fiber bundle. Its drawbacks include needing to immobilize the patient and monitoring relatively short amounts of time. The new innovation from the IU School of Medicine improves upon both of these.
The innovation was disclosed to the IU Innovation and Commercialization Office. The mission of the office is to drive innovation to the market for the benefit of the public, the university and innovators for state, national and global commerce. IU personnel can disclose an invention online.