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New Battery Technology Helps Stimulate Nerves

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October 4, 2005
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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With the help of new silicon-based compounds, scientists -- and patients -- are getting a significant new charge out of the tiny lithium batteries used in implantable devices to help treat nervous system and other disorders. The lithium battery is the workhorse in implantable devices -- stimulators used to jump start the heart and help the central nervous system make critical connections in, for example, Parkinson's and epilepsy patients.

New lithium battery technology developed by UW-Madison emeritus professor of chemistry Robert West powers this tiny microstimulator, a device that effectively jump-starts broken nerve connections in conditions like Parkinson's, epilepsy and incontinence. The device was developed by a consortium including UW-Madison’s Organosilicon Research Center, Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Bionics Corp., the Alfred Mann Foundation and Quallion, LLC. It was recognized earlier in 2005 with an “R&D 100 Award” from R&D magazine.
Credit: Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory

MADISON -- With the help of new silicon-based compounds, scientists -- and patients -- are getting a significant new charge out of the tiny lithium batteries used in implantable devices to help treat nervous system and other disorders.


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