Shahid Beheshti University Researchers Developing EBS to Cure Addiction and Obesity

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 12:10

Researchers of Shahid Beheshti University's Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences are making an attempt to develop devices for electrical brain stimulation (EBS) in order to cure addiction and obesity.

According to an ISCA report, Hamed Ekhtiari, faculty member of the institute, stated that human brain has two main aspects of chemical and electrical. The drug treatment targets the chemical aspect of the brain for rehabilitation.

EBS also referred to as focal brain stimulation (FBS), is a form of electrotherapy and technique used in research and clinical neurobiology to stimulate a neuron or neural network in the brain through the direct or indirect excitation of its cell membrane by using an electric current, ISNA reports.

He said that it is hoped to facilitate treatments for some diseases through focusing on the electrical aspect of the brain with some changes.

As Ekhtiari explained, they are trying to develop this technology in Iran to cope with some diseases like addiction, depression, and convulsion.

Researchers are now in the research stage and hope that with development of cognitive technology and investment of research centers, they can manufacture devices to treat pains.

“In this project, we aim to stimulate some parts of the brain in order to develop personal control on habits. People suffering from obesity can control what they eat and addicted people become able to avoid using drugs,” he declared.

Investment in cognitive science comes after investment in biotechnology and nanotechnology, however, the change speed is considerable in this field, he said and concluded that cognitive studies deal with everyday problems of people like addiction, convulsion, and depression.

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