Posted 3/13/2022 2:23 AM (GMT -8)
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To address this healthcare gap, Bionics Institute researchers and collaborators have invented and developed a small, implantable device to manage IBD.
The novel device is applied to the abdominal vagus nerve, which connects to the gut, where it then releases electrical stimulation to treat the condition.
The vagus nerve connects the brain and gut. It can immediately detect when the body is inflamed or infected, and once activated has an anti-inflammatory effect in the gut. This device uses the body’s in-built anti-inflammatory system to treat patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.
Preclinical studies have shown that the device is effective in repairing inflammation of the small intestine—a major ymptom of the disease. Researchers expect that the device will be ready for human trials in September.
Lead researcher Dr Sophie Payne explained the benefit of a bionic solution to treat IBD: alleviating the need for expensive medications. “It’s like fixing broken plumbing with better wiring. I won’t go into too much detail on that analogy, but basically we’re calming down symptoms by activating the body’s own inbuilt anti-inflammatory system.”