Northern Irish neuro-tech company launches wearable weight-loss device

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  • Modius, the first product from award-winning Northern Irish neuro-technology company, Neurovalens, launches today with the aim of helping millions of people achieve leaner bodies by reducing body fat with the help of neuroscience.

    The headset will be available publicly for the first time on crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo from Tues 8th August 2017 ahead of a general worldwide release in the autumn.

    Neurovalens was founded by two neuroscientists, Co Antrim’s Dr Jason McKeown and his Scottish colleague Dr. Paul McGeoch, and is now dual-headquartered in the Ormeau Baths Innovation Centre, Belfast and University of California San Diego Center for Brain & Cognition.

    Modius sends a signal to the part of the brain that controls fat storage, causing a natural shift in the metabolism to burn more fat, resulting in weight loss.

    “Modern diets are not serving us well in terms of maintaining a healthy weight, and there is clearly an issue with obesity across the western world,” says Neurovalens Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jason McKeown.

    Weight gain and weight loss are controlled by your brain, which controls your appetite, your hormones, your metabolic rate, how much fat you store, and more. Modius resolves this issue by stimulating the vestibular nerve and activating the epicenter of it all, your hypothalamus.

    “Through advanced technological and neurological research, we’ve discovered the vestibular system has a strong effect over people’s ability to lose and maintain weight,” he added.

    TV medic and GP Dr. Pixie McKenna says, “Vestibular stimulation may be an unfamiliar phrase to most people, but it’s actually science which has been around for a long time.

    “What Modius does is take this science and apply it through the headset to a very particular part of the brain. Previously vestibular stimulation has been shown to kick start metabolism and decrease appetite. This could be a huge discovery for the millions of people around the world who would like to be leaner and healthier.

     “If you’re interested in having a leaner and healthier body then this might be just the thing you’ve been looking for. And it’s only 45 minutes a day, that’s less time than I spend in the gym.”

    Modius uses low-power electrical pulses to stimulate the vestibular nerve which runs into the brain from just behind the ear. The stimulation is interpreted by the brain as the body being more physically active, triggering the brain/hypothalamus to reduce fat storage. It does this using several mechanisms which include increasing fat-burning, decreasing appetite, and activating metabolic hormones.

    By stimulating the brain for 45 minutes per day Modius can change a person’s overall metabolism and desire for the body to store fat. The headset is a safe, non-invasive, general wellness device that has the potential to help millions of people reach their goals of a leaner, healthy body.

    Neurovalens Chief Science Officer Dr Paul McGeoch says there were three primary outcomes measured in research to date, “These were reduction in body fat, change in metabolic hormones, and proportion of energy derived from fat metabolism. Within one hour, there was a significant change in both appetite and metabolic hormones insulin & leptin. 

     “There was also a significant increase in the proportion of energy derived from fat metabolism. And over a 16-week period, with an average of three hours use per week, the average reduction in central body fat was 8%, with a range of 2% to 16%. These studies were carried out without changes in either diet or exercise.

    “These results align with over 50 years of evidence demonstrating that vestibular stimulation can cause a significant reduction in body fat. This is the first time this has been demonstrated using a non-invasive electrical stimulation device.” 

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