Medtronic-backed study implants 1st Alzheimer's patient with brain "pacemaker"
Researchers in the U.S. and Canada treat the 1st patients in a Medtronic-backed study of deep brain stimulation as treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers in the U.S. and Canada launched a clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of deep-brain stimulation in treatment of mild Alzheimer's disease.
The study will enroll 20 people aged 55-80 with Medtronic's  (NYSE:MDT ) deep brain stimulation technology, surgically implanted devices that are similar to a cardiac pacemaker and that deliver electrical pulses to targeted areas of the brain.
The trial, conducted by Functional Neuromodulation Ltd., will use Medtronic's DBS therapy to target a specific area considered a "major inflow and output pathway in the brain's memory circuit," according to a press release .