Brain and Mind

AHJ S1E1: Sydney TMS: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is a mild form of brain stimulation. Magnetic fields, generated by a coil placed on the head, are used to stimulate a small area of the brain. It is a non-invasive procedure that treats the symptoms of depression through the use of magnetic fields that stimulate nerve cells. The stimulation takes 20-30 minutes and given on an outpatient basis. While receiving stimulation, the patient is fully awake.

It can be use to treat patients who have little success with common treatments e.g., medication, psycho-therapy.

Sydney TMS operates 3 clinics in Australia that provide TMS treatment to patients. Founder Dr Jason Pace spoke with Australian Health Journal

AHJ S1E4: Augmented Reality Learning – Inside MS

Augmented learning now has application seeing the changes in a patient’s brain with Multiple Sclerosis through MRI data. Australian Health Journal met the people behind the augmented reality visor technology that will soon be used to teach trainee doctors the transitional phases of MS.

The technology has been developed by Novartis and in collaboration with the Sydney Neuroimaging Analysis Centre, located within the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre and Hatch Australia, a creative design team based in Sydney. To date the technology has been well received by neurology health care specialists attending conferences in Melbourne and in Berlin, Germany. We caught with a demo for all other healthcare professionals at the recent ARCS Conference.

AHJ S1E2: Bipolar Disorder Research by Brain Dynamics Centre

The Brain Dynamics Centre, part of Westmead Institute for Medical Research held a community day for World Bipolar Day on 30th March 2018.

The event was MCed by Dr Mayuresh Korgaonkar, Research Director of Brain Dynamics Centre and Senior Research Fellow of the University of Sydney.

Mayuresh is managing research through the project “Brain Connectivity Imaging Markers to Confirm Diagnosis for Bipolar vs. Unipolar Depression – A Connectome Approach.”

The bipolar group at Westmead Institute of Medical Research is recruiting participants with bipolar disorder, major depression, and controls for participation in this research.

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