Brown Bag Research Discussions

Smart stimulators for Parkinson's disease

Thursday, 25 October 2012 at 12H00

McINTYRE Medical Building, Room #1101

Speaker: Prof. Anne Beuter, Deputy Director Bordeaux Polytechnic Institute, University of Bordeaux

Let's imagine the cruise control of your car locked at 120 km/hour on any road in any condition (city, country, highway, sunny or rainy weather), or your car air conditioner set on maximum cold in any temperature condition (even during a snowy winter): would you find it efficient? That would probably not be the most optimal strategy for a proper and comfortable driving experience. As surprising as this may seem, this is a pretty accurate illustration of how deep brain stimulation (DBS), is used today to treat Parkinson's disease motor symptoms, and other neurological disorders such as essential tremor, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or epilepsy.

Journal Name: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience