Exciting New Ways to Stimulate the Brain to Treat Depression or Pain

Functional imaging research over the past 20 years has outlined the brain’s cellular networks involved in regulating mood and processing pain. It is now possible to test whether stimulating different parts of these cellular networks can provide therapeutic treatment of depression and pain. In his presentation, Dr. George will consider noninvasive methods for stimulating the brain, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation. He will also critically compare the various approaches with respect to the best available evidence.