Technique pushes brain research to new horizons

03/20/2014 | Nature (free content)

Neuroscientist Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart and her team at Stanford University are getting a "window into the brain" with testing of a new deep brain stimulation device that can not only send pulses of electricity, but also capture the brain's neural signals in a way that was previously possible only during surgery. With such data, neurologists may be able to use DBS for tough-to-treat conditions such as Tourette's syndrome and possibly develop more advanced approaches for personalized treatment of neurological disease. "The new technology is going to enable progress exponentially," said Emory University neurologist Dr. Helen Mayberg.

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