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Daily News Round Up: Wednesday, 20 March

Welcome to your daily round-up of everything happening in the world of neurorehabilitation.

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Welcome to your daily round-up of everything happening in the world of neurorehabilitation.

Research news

MR scanner provides a novel view of the brain’s language network

Researchers have revealed new insights into how the brain processes speech and listening during conversations through advanced investigations using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In a groundbreaking study published in the esteemed journal Cerebral Cortex, researchers compared brain activity in individuals while both speaking and listening during natural conversational situations.

Minds plan what to say prior to speaking

A new study in people undergoing surgery to treat seizures related to epilepsy shows that pauses in speech reveal information about how people’s brains plan and produce speech. Led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the study results add to evidence that neighbouring brain regions, the inferior frontal gyrus and the motor cortex, play an important role in such planning before words are said aloud. Both are part of the folded top layers of the brain, or cerebral cortex, which has long been known to control the muscle (motor) movements in the throat and mouth needed to produce speech. Less clear until now was how closely these regions determine the mix of sounds and words people want to say aloud, the authors report.

The underpinnings of rare disease impacting children

A team from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine has completed an exciting new study that reveals the inner workings of gene mutations that result in an ultra-rare syndrome with fewer than 100 reported cases since its first description in the early 1960s. The research discovery may accelerate the development of a treatment for Borjeson-Forssman-Lehmann Syndrome (BFLS), a neurodevelopmental disorder linked to the X chromosome that’s characterized by seizures, intellectual disability, and behavioural disturbances.

Company and financial neuro-rehab news

Expanding care for patients with mobility impairments

CIONIC, the pioneering neurotech company that created the FDA-cleared Cionic Neural Sleeve, today announced three new additions to its national Centers of Excellence programme, which provides leading neurological medical centres with exclusive training and access to utilise the Cionic Neural Sleeve in the clinical care of patients with mobility impairments. UC Health University of Colorado Hospital, the region’s largest adult academic medical centre, Craig Hospital, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital that exclusively specialises in neurorehabilitation, and Neuro Physical Therapy, a distinguished physical therapy practice, will join the CIONIC Centers of Excellence network as the first institutions in Colorado.

WaveDancer and Firefly Neuroscience gain merger approval

WaveDancer and Firefly Neuroscience, an AI-driven brain health company, each received the requisite stockholder approvals required to consummate the merger between both companies. Approval of the proposals by the WaveDancer stockholders will enable WaveDancer to proceed with its merger with Firefly, a medical technology and AI company developing and pioneering innovative neuroscientific solutions to improve outcomes for patients with mental illnesses and neurological disorders.

Technology news

Australian scientists drive neurotech research

Interesting Engineering reports that Australian researchers are poised to take technologies related to brain-computer interface (BCI) forward, with multiple projects spearheading advancements in this domain. These includes a range of innovations such as soldiers controlling robot dogs with their brain signals to developing headsets aiding individuals with ADHD.

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