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Funding News - Tools and Technologies for Deep Brain Stimulation in Movement Disorders

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NINDS invites grant applications to design and develop advanced tools and technologies for deep brain stimulation (DBS) in movement disorders. This announcement is made together with 4 other NIH components and is supported by 2 funding mechanisms: SBIR and STTR.

In spite of its clinical success, DBS technology and the associated surgical procedure have several limitations. Clinicians lack tools that combine anatomical, physiological, electrical, and behavioral data to optimize electrode placement and stimulator programming. Individuals with movement disorders endure significant discomfort during implantation due to the use of rigidly fixed stereotactic frames. In addition, the DBS technology itself is relatively simplistic. The purpose of this announcement is to stimulate the development of: (1) tools that will facilitate the DBS surgical process, programming, and outcome assessments; and (2) technological innovation in the design of electrode and pulse stimulators.

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Joseph Pancrazio, Program Director, Repair and Plasticity Cluster, NINDS; telephone: 301-496-1447; email: For a more detailed description of this program announcement, visit or