Working group 6 - Neurostimulation and Sensor Technology

Chaired by:

Prof. Dr. med. Wolfram Lamadé

Prof. Dr. med. Wolfram Lamadé

Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie, Helios Spital Überlingen

Contact

E-Mail: Wolfram Lamadé

Objective

During many surgical procedures, nerves are susceptible to risks. Only in a few disciplines, neuro-protective monitoring systems are established. Their functionality is still massively limited and the predictive power of alarm signals is not sufficiently secured. Furthermore, there are already approaches to stimulate damaged nerves to improve the function or to reconstitute.

The aim of the Neurostimulation and Sensing Group is, therefore, to develop reliable, real-time monitoring systems that are robust enough to have high sensitivity and specificity for routine surgery in different areas of the body. In the area of the autonomic nervous system, there are already stimulation systems,  which reconstitute e.g. the sphincter control. There are other systems to develop the reflexes such as initiate or assist swallowing reflex.

Goals

  • Reduction of surgical nerve damage such as facial nerve palsy, recurrent nerve palsy and transverse ventilation.
  • Development of pacemakers in the field of paralyzed nerves e.g. for voice training, motor skills of the extremities.
  • Nerve stimulation in chronic pain, for example, of the back or diabetes-related neuropathies

Activities

  • Consolidation of know-how computer-aided neuromonitoring and biosignal analysis as well as neurostimulation.
  • Organization of workshops
  • Promote cooperation between different working groups
  • Development of real-time neuromonitoring systems for all areas of application, MCCG, endocrine surgery, rectal surgery, spine surgery.
  • Development of electrodes for invasive stimulation

CURAC Contact

CURAC Office
c/o Gabriele Schäfer
Albstraße 45
D-70597 Stuttgart

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