August 17, 2021
Could a small jolt of electricity to your gut help treat chronic diseases? Medical hacker and TED Fellow Khalil Ramadi (HST MEMP Phd 2019) is developing a new, noninvasive therapy that could treat diseases like diabetes, obesity, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's with an electronic pill. More targeted than a traditional pill and less invasive than surgery, these micro-devices contain electronics that deliver "bionudges"—bursts of electrical or chemical stimuli—to the gut, potentially helping control appetite, aid digestion, regulate hormones -- and even stimulate happiness in the brain.
You can see Ramadi's talk here.