Lecture 'Meet the PhD Jury: New imaging concepts in deep brain stimulation for movement disorders and other indications'

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Students, Employees
17-02-2020 from 15:00 to 16:30
Auditorium G, Campus Heymans (UZ Gent), ingang 6, C. Heymanslaan 10, 9000 Gent
Dept. Human Structure & Repair (Prof. D. Van Roost), Dept. Head & Skin (Prof. I. Dhooge), Dept. Rehabilitation Sciences (Prof. H. Keppler)
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Prof. Volker A. Coenen explains how electrode placement for therapeutic deep brain stimulation can be refined and improved based on advanced imaging.

Deep brain stimulation is a neurosurgical therapy used for an increasing number of disorders that are refractory to conservative therapy: pain, movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, tremor and dyskinesia, obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette's syndrome, anorexia nervosa, and epilepsy. Newer indications are currently being explored, such as depression, tinnitus, and dementia. The early history of functional stereotactic interventions dates back to the 1950s, that of deep brain stimulation to the late 1960s. Optimal targeting of the electrodes is key for their efficiency. The shape of head and brain varies among individuals, but the precise location of nuclei and connecting white matter tracts can also vary.

Prof. Dr. med. Volker A. Coenen, Head of the Department of Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery at Freiburg University Hospital (Germany) will explain how new imaging concepts can contribute to a further improvement of this appealing therapy.