The research performed for the development of XANA has received the award for the best study at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Spanish Society of Clinical Neurophysiology, held in October 2019 in Seville, Spain.
During the meeting, a committee of experts evaluated all the communications and papers presented, giving the highest award to the paper titled “Characterization of a Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation System by Evoked Potentials“, presented by Dr. Garcia de Gurtubay, Clinical Advisor at Walden Medical.
The research has served to define a method to compare the neurophysiological effectiveness of different configurations of stimulation of the auricular branch of the vagus nerve.
The method has been used to select the combination of stimulation points and parameters that generate a better response in neuronal activation. This configuration will be implemented in XANA, a wearable auricular neurostimulator for stress relief that Walden is developing.
The award-winning research has been further extended with a clinical study with 25 healthy volunteers that has served to validate the neurophysiological effectiveness of the stimulation designed for XANA to active the vagus nerve in an optimal way.