Speaker: Dr. Cameron C. McIntyre, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Abstract:

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an established therapy for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. DBS also shows promise in the treatment of epilepsy, obsessive-compulsive disorder, tourette syndrome, and major depression. While clinically successful, understanding of the therapeutic mechanisms of action of DBS remains elusive and from an engineering perspective, it is presently unclear what electrode designs and stimulation strategies are optimal for maximum therapeutic benefit. Through collaborative interaction with neurophysiologists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons our group uses detailed computer models and experimental investigation to enhance our understanding of the effects of DBS. This talk will focus on how we are translating our scientific knowledge into technologies that improve clinical care.

Future Neural Engineering Seminar Speakers:

John White, Boston University---November 1, 2006

Jian-Young Wu, Georgetown University---November 15, 2006

Diego Contreras, University of Pennsylvania---November 29, 2006

Tarik Haydar, Children's National Medical Center/ George Washington University---December 13, 2006

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Speaker: Cameron C. MacIntyre, Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Biomedical Engineering