Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC)
The Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC) program is supported by the NIH Common Fund to provide a scientific and technological foundation for future bioelectronic medicine devices and protocols.
The goal of the SPARC program is to identify neural targets and accelerate the development of therapeutic devices that modulate electrical activity in the vagus and other nerves to help treat diseases and conditions, such as hypertension and gastrointestinal disorders, by precisely adjusting organ function.
Some of the ways the SPARC program is working to advance this goal include:
Funding Opportunities: See current SPARC and related funding opportunities.
The overall vision for the SPARC Portal is to accelerate autonomic neuroscience research and device development by providing access to digital resources that can be shared, cited, visualized, computed, and used for virtual experimentation.