Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. Announces MRI Confirmatory Evidence of Neuroplastic Change after Investigational PoNS™ Treatment Presented at the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM – ESMRMB in Paris, France
NEWTOWN, Pa., June 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSDT) (TSX:HSM) (“Helius” or the “Company”), a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness, announced today that an important paper, “Gray matter volume changes following Cranial Nerve Non-invasive NeuroModulation in patients with traumatic brain injuries” was presented at the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting for the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and the European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) in Paris, France, which occurred June 16 - 21, 2018. This research from independent investigators demonstrates confirmatory evidence of changes in the brain after PoNS Treatment – the combination of the investigational Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS™) medical device that delivers tongue-based neuromodulation, plus physical therapy to address balance disorder after mild- to moderate-traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
In two separate studies investigating PoNS Treatment, a large proportion of subjects with chronic balance disorder after mTBI improved dramatically. At one trial site, a subset of participants underwent sequential magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate gray matter volume in areas of the brain associated with balance. In this study, nine of forty-four subjects consented to have multiple MRI scans over the 26 weeks of the study to evaluate changes in brain grey matter volume (GMV). All of these subjects had significant improvements in balance and gait but were chosen randomly.
Dr. Vivek Prabhakaran, Associate Professor of Radiology/Neuroradiology, Director of Functional Neuroimaging, Program Leader of Neuroimaging Research and Principal Investigator at the University of Wisconsin, Madison stated, "We're excited to report preliminary results showing brain changes in regions involved in balance and gait after using the investigational PoNS device in TBI patients afflicted with balance and gait problems." Only responders were studied with MRI in this trial, it is therefore unknown whether GMV changes would be seen in non-responders.
Ali Rezai, Executive Chair at West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, Associate Dean & John D. Rockefeller IV Professor in Neuroscience in Morgantown, WV, and member of Helius’ Scientific Advisory Board stated, “Dr. Prabhakaran and colleagues have provided further evidence that the clinical improvement with the PoNS system can be associated with plasticity and structural changes in the brain.”
“Helius is committed to developing non-invasive therapies to combat the symptoms of neurological disease or trauma. In doing so, we are gratified to see results from the best and brightest carrying out high quality science to validate our findings,” added Philippe Deschamps, Helius’ President, CEO and Chairman. “This work by Dr. Prabhakaran is indicative of our Mission, and there is a lot more to come!”
About Helius Medical Technologies, Inc.
Helius Medical Technologies is a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness. The Company’s purpose is to develop, license and acquire unique and non-invasive platform technologies that amplify the brain’s ability to heal itself. The Company’s first product in development is the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS). For more information, visit www.heliusmedical.com.
About the PoNS Device and PoNS Treatment
The Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) is an investigational, non-invasive, medical device.
PoNS Treatment is the first and only tongue-delivered neuromodulation that combines stimulation of cranial nerves with physical and cognitive therapy to restore lost neurological function. The Company’s trials investigating the PoNS in traumatic brain injury are more fully discussed in the Company’s disclosure materials, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
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