A novel Technique to Fight Parkinson’s Disease

A team of scientists consisting of an Iranian researcher has reported on their scientific progress made in the field of deep magnetic stimulation of the brain, through which it suggests that Parkinson's disease can be fought.

The Dutch university medical center at Maastricht UMC and the German Max-Planck and KIT institutes, with collaboration of “Ali Jahanshahi”, an Iranian researcher at the University of Maastricht, have announced a scientific breakthrough in magnetic deep brain stimulation.

More than six million people suffer from Parkinson’s disease in all over the world. This disease is often treated with what is known as “deep brain stimulation,” whereby a patient has centimeter-long electrodes implanted into their brain that stimulate certain areas.

It is a technique that is improving all the time, however, it has some drawbacks including fairly major surgery and also a patient has to undergo surgery not just for one time but several times. This is due to the fact that electrical stimulator is connected to a battery that must be replaced every couple of years.

This is why scientists from various institutes in a joint project have figured out a different method that entails electrically charged nanoparticles being inserted into the brain instead. At just 50 nanometers in size, these nanoparticles are a thousand times smaller than a human hair. Once inserted into the brain, they can wirelessly stimulate the affected areas via a magnetic field.

“This is a major breakthrough in the field of deep brain stimulation,” says Ali Jahanshahi. “In future research, we intend to further study the possibilities and limitations of this new technology.” Jahanshahi recently received a grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to carry out the research.

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