NEWTOWN, Pa., Oct. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. (TSX:HSM) (OTCQB:HSDT) ("Helius" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that a study by Galea M.P., et al. entitled Cranial Nerve Non-invasive Neuromodulation Improves Gait and Balance in Stroke Survivors: A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial, utilizing investigational PoNS™ medical devices is being published in the journal “Brain Stimulation” (2017). The research performed at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne Australia is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2017.08.011.
“We are gratified to witness the continued positive clinical development of the PoNSTM Therapy in additional disease models. It is of particular interest to observe the comparison between our optimized form of physical therapy alone versus the same physical therapy plus our PoNS™ technology,” said Dr. Jonathan Sackier, Chief Medical Officer of Helius.
Additionally, recent research performed at the Northwell Neuromonitoring Laboratory and the Feinstein Institute of Medical Research at Northwell Health in New York demonstrated that stimulation of the trigeminal nerve, which is one of the cranial nerves targeted by PoNS™ technology, ameliorates the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (Neuroprotective Effects of Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Chiluwal A, et al. Scientific Reports, 7, 2017 available online http://www.readcube.com/articles/10.1038/s41598-017-07219-3).
Professor Raj Narayan, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Northwell, a co-author of the study, and a member of the Helius Scientific Advisory Board, stated, “Our independent work with trigeminal nerve stimulation in an experimental laboratory model has demonstrated very encouraging results with neuromodulation as a potential therapy for TBI. Should these benefits be realized in people who have suffered a TBI, it would be a significant step forward in developing a novel therapeutic approach to a disease in which pharmacological treatments have so far failed to show a significant benefit.”
About PoNS™ Investigational Therapy
The Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS™) is an investigational non-invasive device designed to deliver neurostimulation through the tongue. PoNS™ Therapy combines the use of the device with physical therapy and is currently being evaluated by Helius in a multicenter clinical trial for the treatment of balance disorder for subjects with mild to moderate TBI.
About Helius Medical Technologies, Inc.
Helius Medical Technologies is a medical technology company focused on neurological wellness. Helius seeks to develop, license and acquire unique and non-invasive platform technologies that amplify the brain’s ability to heal itself. Helius intends to seek FDA clearance for commercial distribution for the PoNS™ device for the treatment of balance disorder due to mild to moderate TBI. For more information, please visit www.heliusmedical.com.
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