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Dec 08, 2017

Seminar - Translational mechanisms of deep brain stimulation (Speaker: Dr. Yasin Temel)

Dr. Yasin Temel
Departments of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Maastricht University, The Netherlands 

Date: Friday, 8-December-2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Rm. A2-08, 2/F, Mrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre
William MW Mong Block, Faculty of Medicine Building
21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a fast-growing area of Neuroscience. Since its introduction to treat motor disability in patients with Parkinson’s disease, more than 150,000 patients worldwide have been implanted with stimulating electrodes. While initial electrophysiological experiments showed local inhibition of neurons exposed to high frequency electrical stimulation, multi-modal studies revealed a variety of mechanisms including excitation of passing fibers, desynchronisation of groups of neurons, and neurotransmitter switching. In this seminar, the speaker will highlight the current understanding of the mechanisms of DBS.