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Assess Specific Kinds of Children - Challenges for Neurologic Devices (Ask Children Study)

 

Principal Investigators: Drs. Carlos Peña, Kristen Bowsher, Dr. Victor Krauthamer 

This study provides a targeted approach in addressing issues associated with neurological devices for children and adolescents by asking children directly about their devices by means of interviews and surveys.  Pediatric neurologic devices (neurologic prostheses) for implantation in the central nervous system are reviewed using the same regulatory statutes, scientific approaches, and processes, as for adult devices; however, the risks involved in using such prostheses in children are not always the same as in adults, and methods of evaluation of safety and effectiveness can often differ. Neural-prosthetic devices are increasingly being utilized as a therapeutic alternative to other approaches or as an adjunct to pharmacological interventions for neurologic disorders.  The research and development of prostheses is challenging, even more so when the nervous system undergoes active growth and development during the early years of human development.