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01/07/2010
MEMS for neuroscience research applications

MEMS and microfabrication technologies are helping neuroscience researchers in their quest to understand the workings of the brain and MEMS technologies are already being deployed in medical devices to treat injuries and diseases of the nervous system with several products already in human clinical trials and more expected within the next twelve months.
According to Zack Lynch at the Neurotech Industry Organization, over $150 billion is spent annually on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the brain and nervous system. The burden to society of these diseases exceeds one trillion dollars if one includes ancillary costs, such as caring for patients suffering from conditions including Alzheimer's disease as well as paraplegia and quadriplegia due to a spinal injury.
In this scenario, there are many expansion possibilities for the market of MEMS neurological applications.

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