212016Sep

Stimulating possibilities arise from brain study

Queensland researchers have identified a domino effect from a brain stimulation technique used to treat psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression.

The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer scientists have found that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can alter activity beyond the stimulated region and throughout the connected networks of the brain.

UQ Queensland Brain Institute researcher Professor Jason Mattingley said TMS was a non-invasive procedure using magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.

“It is sometimes used to treat depression, when medications haven’t been effective,” he said.
The latest research findings may shed light on how to use TMS in a more targeted way to treat mental health disorders.

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