Medtronic participates in $6.8m Mayo Clinic epilepsy project

By Fink Densford

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) will be joining the Mayo Clinic in a new $6.8 million National Institutes of Health funded project to develop intelligent devices to track and treat abnormal brain activity in epilepsy patients.

The funds come from a 5-year federal grant from the NIH as part of a presidential initiative aimed at better understanding and researching the human brain, the Mayo Clinic said.

“People with epilepsy live in a constant fear, because seizures strike randomly. This uncertainty seriously impacts their quality of life. They often only have seizures a small percentage of their lifetime, but they must take medication daily, because of the apparent random nature of seizures. Our goal is to be able to reliably predict the occurrence of a seizure. The new technology, coupled with the big data analysis, will also be used for effective brain stimulation to prevent seizures before they ever occur,” principal investigator Dr. Gregory Worrel of the Mayo Clinic said in a press release.


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