Use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to Treat Cerebral Palsy.

Description (Set) Cerebral palsy is manifested in a wide range of muscle dysfunctions which can have a severe impact on the quality of life of the patient. Using an innovative imaging technique, JHU scientists have observed unexpected and surprising pathologies in the brain of the cerebral palsy patient that may indirectly result in deterioration of the motor cortex and reduced motor function. JHU scientists suggest that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can be used to specifically target and activate particular areas of the brain in order to reduce structural and functional deterioration of the motor cortex and improve voluntary muscle movement. This TMS-based therapeutic method is an advancement over those known in the relevant art because it addresses a previously unknown pathological mechanism for Cerebral Palsy. This therapy is advantageous over routinely practiced Cerebral Palsy treatments because it is non-invasive, non-surgical and can be administered multiple times on an outpatient basis. Proposed Use (Set) This therapeutic TMS technology can be commercialized as a stand-alone stimulation therapy or as a combination TMS/ physical therapy treatment in order to preserve the structure and function of motor neurons in the Cerebral Palsy patient. Specialized TMS devices and accompanying software could be designed specifically to focus on the sensory cortex of the Cerebral Palsy patient.

Inventor(s): Johnston, Michael ,Hoon, Alexander

Type of Offer: Licensing

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