Vivent’s research is based on the hypothesis that the biological aqueous medium of multi-cellular organisms is used as a short term, short range data storage and transmission mechanism for cellular control and signalling. Whilst some research indicates the importance of electrical inter-cellular signalling there is very little parallel research on organism-wide networks. Is there a body-wide ‘wireless’ data network? This is the central interest of Vivent.
How many control networks does the body contain?
Neurones and hormones are well known mechanisms for the control of biological functions. Vivent is researching whether the body might include other control mechanisms based on electrical signalling. For direct current electrical signals, biological tissues appear to be a simple conductor. For high frequency alternating currents the body is known to act as an efficient antenna, collecting and transferring energy across a wide range of frequencies. Vivent researches whether this ability to collect and transmit external electrical signals is also used for internal sources.
Vivent Medical Solutions is exploring a number of conditions that may improve through the application of electrical signal measurement and playback. The measurements of bioelectric signals from the body can be used, with a range of sophisticated signal processing techniques, to aid diagnosis of a range of conditions. Playback of the signals will be used for a variety of conditions such as:
- Controlling weight (body mass)
- Improving sleep quality
- Reducing chronic pain
- Alleviating depression
- Managing migraines
- Stopping smoking