Monday, February 22, 2010

NIH - Tuning Depression Circuits Using Deep Brain Stimulation

Interesting approach - not sure if this is better than drug approaches or not, since it is new. But if it can work with no serious side effects, it might change some lives.

Tuning Depression Circuits Using Deep Brain Stimulation

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Air date:Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 3:00:00 PM
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Category:Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

Critical to development of deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a novel therapy for treatment resistant depression has been the evolving characterization of brain systems mediating normal and abnormal mood states as well as those mediating successful and unsuccessful response to various antidepressant interventions. Building on converging functional neuroimaging evidence implicating the subcallosal cingulate as a critical node within this depression network, we targeted this region adapting neuromodulation techniques routinely used to treat Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The theoretical and data-driven foundation for piloting this new procedure as well as long-term clinical and imaging findings from ongoing experimental studies will be presented.

The NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series includes weekly scientific talks by some of the top researchers in the biomedical sciences worldwide.

Author: Dr. Helen Mayberg
Runtime: 60 minutes
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