Brain stimulation and clinical translation
- Research Opportunity
- PhD students, Masters by Research, Post Doctor Researchers
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- Royal Melbourne Hospital
|Associate Professor Andrew Zaleskyfirstname.lastname@example.org||+61390357747||Personal web page|
|Dr Robin Cashemail@example.com||Personal web page|
Summary Develop innovative brain stimulation therapies for depression and other psychiatric disorders based on new knowledge of aberrant brain circuits and systems
The overarching goals of this project are to establish transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) protocols to:
- Translate neuroimaging findings of our broader group to the clinic and into better clinical outcomes.
- Provide a means to move our research from correlation to causation.
While many individuals with mental health conditions respond to medication, other individuals do not or find the side-effects intolerable. For these individuals, therapeutic brain stimulation can potentially be life-changing. Brain stimulation (particularly TMS) can be used to target and modify specific brain circuits that are abnormal in mental health disorders in order to bring about clinical improvements. Brain stimulation is a gentle non-invasive approach that can gradually alleviate symptoms over the course of 4-6 weeks of daily treatment.
However, while brain stimulation is effective for some individuals, not all will benefit. Our group focusses on establishing a better understanding the relations between specific brain circuits and clinical symptoms and on translating these findings to the clinic to more effectively treat mental health conditions.
Given that it can take several weeks of treatment to establish who will and will not respond to therapeutic brain stimulation, we have also developed methodology to assist in predicting treatment response. This approach utilises patterns of brain communication to identify responders and non-responders to treatment. This can potentially spare individuals the time and expense of treatment.
Further research and key questions
- Expanding personalised treatment to other psychiatric disorders based on disease-relevant brain circuits
- Implementation of personalised brain stimulation in the clinic
- Investigations of the response of specific brain circuits and symptoms to brain stimulation
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