Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) neuromodulation for Schizophrenia

Published on June 28, 2018   41 min

Other Talks in the Series: Periodic Reports: Advances in Clinical Interventions and Research Platforms

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Hi, I'm Judy Gault. I'm a Research Associate Professor, engaged in schizophrenia research at the University of Colorado in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. Today's presentation is on deep brain stimulation and its use for neuromodulation in schizophrenia, specifically, treatment refractory schizophrenia.
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So, the overview for my presentation for deep brain stimulation for schizophrenia is to first, go over the general characteristics of schizophrenia. Then, discuss the unmet needs in patients with schizophrenia, and in the treatment refractory population. Then, discuss whether this patient population is actually amenable to deep brain stimulation. Then, we'll ask the question of whether schizophrenia, is a circuit disorder like Parkinson's disease, and a central tremor, and dystonia. These are disorders that are currently being treated with deep brain stimulation, and we'll ask the question, is schizophrenia circuit disorder like these and therefore amenable to deep brain stimulation? If so, what are the targets? What are the risks? We need to discuss the ethics and when do the benefits outweigh the risks. The image is of a patient who actually has a deep brain stimulation unit implanted and you can see what it entails in terms of the leads and the connection to a neuromodulation pulse generator.
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