30 Sep '14, 5pm

Linking brain regions targeted by brain stimulation

Linking brain regions targeted by brain stimulation

Treating mental illness doesn't always refer to talk and prescriptions. Psychiatrists nowadays are increasingly embracing innovative technologies that alter neural circuits electrically instead of chemically. Still, the growing field of "brain stimulation" treatment has been consistently stunted by one big uncertain question: what regions of the brain should you target to best help the patient? New research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston could finally provide some clarity. The findings , reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS ) paint a map of “functionally-connected” sites in the brain that better illustrate which brain networks are affected by different diseases—and how psychiatrists can best go about treating them through brain stimulation. They may one day reveal sites in the brain where noninvasive forms of st...

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