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Shining a light on the nervous system to thwart disease

Nov. 16, 2017—Researchers believe they can address problems stemming from heart rate, respiration and digestion by untangling which nerves control which bodily functions and then stimulating them with light.

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Deep brain stimulation program marks milestones

Mar. 24, 2016—Vanderbilt Clinical Neurosciences is marking two milestones — the 20th anniversary of its deep brain stimulation (DBS) program and its 1,000th DBS procedure.

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Study to explore spinal cord stimulation to ease paralysis

Dec. 3, 2015—A Vanderbilt neurosurgeon is looking to recruit patients with paraplegia to investigate whether intraspinal microstimulation technology can restore complex body movements.

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Vanderbilt Medicine: Robotics revolution

Sep. 11, 2013—In the foreseeable future, robots will be sticking steerable needles in your brain to remove blood clots; capsule robots will be crawling up your colon as a painless replacement for the colonoscopy; and ultra-miniaturized snake robots will remove tumors from your bladder and other body cavities.

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Surgery calms patient’s epilepsy-related seizures

Nov. 8, 2012—In June, Tommy Schroader was in the crystal blue waters off Grand Cayman Island petting a giant stingray.

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Vanderbilt spinoff company adds to local high-tech growth

Oct. 29, 2012—A Nashville company founded in 2007 by two Vanderbilt University engineers and a Vanderbilt University Medical Center neurosurgeon to license and bring to market some of the technology developed at Vanderbilt has been awarded a three-year, $2.7 million grant to continue development of an integrated solution for the treatment and management of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.

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Research team to present at NIH 10th anniversary technology showcase

Jun. 28, 2012—Vanderbilt University researchers were one of nine teams invited to participate in the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering’s 10th anniversary technology showcase June 22 in Bethesda, Md. NIBIB is an institute within the National Institutes of Health.

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New initiative to develop a system that controls prosthetic limbs naturally

Nov. 17, 2010—Using beams of light to allow amputees not only to control but also to feel the movement of prosthetic limbs is the ambitious goal of a new $5.6 million Department of Defense initiative. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is tapping the new and rapidly growing field of “neurophotonics” to overcome one the biggest technical...

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