jun 6, 2018: 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Room 255, Level 2
Imagine curing patients with electrons instead of drugs. In a future informed by bioelectronic medicine, if we can properly analyze the electronic data the body circulates, physicians may be able to learn of abnormalities and risks before their patients are conscious of them. Bioelectonic medicine is an emerging frontier, and an alternative to molecular medicine, where biology and electronics are converging to create a new generation of therapies with so much potential, that some wonder if they will eventually replace pharmaceuticals altogether.
This panel will explore newfound knowledge of how nerve cells and immune cells communicate, highlighting especially exciting experiments used to stimulate the vagus nerve in order to tame the inflammatory response implicated in many diseases. If bioelectronic devices can be remotely controlled, is there a risk of “body hacking”? And could the drug industry truly be headed for extinction?
Ability Level: All