This report is from out sister station WTNH in Connecticut.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — What inventor Eric Knight has been working on for five and a half years could be the key to managing Alzheimer’s Disease, a devastating illness that touches the lives of a growing number of us and robs a person of their memory.
Knight now has the patent for technology that he says could be one of the biggest breakthroughs in medical science.
“Hopefully history in the making right here,” he said.
He created the prototype of a unique device designed to keep Alzheimer’s Disease from progressing. It’s a bicycle helmet with postcard-sized antennas facing inward towards the brain.
“This would turn Alzheimer’s from a terminal illness to a chronic illness and a managed illness,” Knight said.
It’s based on medical research that used radio frequency to dissolve “plaque build-up” in the brain of mice with Alzheimer’s.
“The intent is to do what in the brain?”
“To provide these radio waves to break up the beta amyloid plaques that really gum up the neurological activity of the brain cells,” the inventor said. “So that’s what they had discovered with their analysis in testing with mice, and so what I’ve done is scale it up for use for humans.”
The a-ha moment came when he applied data from working on the first privately-funded rocket into space to come up with his device.
“You know, I can take those same antennas that are flexible around the rocket, flip them around and have them flex inward, and broadcast the same sort of RF inward as a therapeutic to the brain,” said Knight.
Power supplied or battery operated.
“People could use this device one hour a day, two hours a day, and it would maintain the brain health over a long period of time,” he said.
It’s not a cure, but potentially a way to manage Alzheimer’s. To push it along, he is not charging researchers a fee to use his patent.
“My thought is what is the quickest way to get this into the marketplace through clinical trials into the hands of the people who need it,” Knight said. “The quickest way is to get it into the hands of those who have the medical expertise to be able to test it and research it and get it through the pipeline as fast as possible.”
Jennifer Walker with Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut says new research is always exciting news and that she looks forward to seeing how it will work in the human brain.
The Alzheimer’s National Plan is to have a treatment, cure, or both by the year 2025.
It took two and a half years for the government to issue Eric Knight a patent for his technology. The okay came just two days ago.
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