A jump-start for electroceuticals
Published in Tech News.
Kristoffer Famm and colleagues unveil a multidisciplinary initiative to develop medicines that use electrical impulses to modulate the body’s neural circuits.
Imagine a day when electrical impulses are a mainstay of medical treatment. Your clinician will administer ‘electroceuticals’ that target individual nerve fibres or specific brain circuits to treat an array of conditions. These treatments will modulate the neural impulses controlling the body, repair lost function and restore health. They could, for example, coax insulin from cells to treat diabetes, regulate food intake to treat obesity and correct balances in smooth-muscle tone to treat hypertension and pulmonary diseases.