MSU gets nearly $2 million to improve Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s treatment


This 1885 photo shows a side view of a human brain. In relation to body size, our brains are huge, about six times larger than one would expect from other mammals. And this three-pound organ sucks up fully 20 percent of the body’s energy needs. (Oscar G. Mason/J.C. Dalton/Philadelphia, Lea Brothers & Co. via AP)

Michigan State University received a grant to improve brain implants used to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression and traumatic injuries.

The $1.8 million dollars from the National Institutes for Health is for implants that allow patients to bring parts of their bran and body back online.

Although these medical advances have given patients more treatment options, the ability to signal fades over time.

“Every patient’s reaction to the implants is different, and it’s unpredictable if the devices will last days, weeks or months,” Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Erin Purcell said. “­If we understand the signaling mechanisms that dictate the response, then we can systematically test new ways to make the implant ‘unseen’ in the body and avoid the tissue response.”

Purcell’s team of scientists is working to understand how changes in the neurons’ ability to “speak” determine an implants’ success.

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