Global giant General Electric (GE) has announced a collaboration with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create bioelectronic treatments for the condition which do not involve drugs.
The theory behind the partnership is that some diabetes drugs can cause side effects, but non-invasive medical devices could eliminate these.
The three-year program will focus on developing devices which read and modulate the electrical activity in the body’s nervous system.
Then the aim is for the devices to stimulate metabolic biosystems and replicate the actions of conventional drugs.
The scientists aim to one day be able to prevent the onset of metabolic dysfunction, which is related to development of type 2 diabetes.
“Today’s drug treatments and monitoring methods for diabetes can be uncomfortable and time consuming, and create side-effects for patients. Our project with DARPA aims to find a better alternative that treats diabetes with non-invasive medical devices without the side effects associated with drug treatments,” said Victoria Cotero, global research biologist at GE.
The team recently looked at reading and interpreting nerve signals as part of research carried out by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
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