NEUROMODULATION TO ACCELERATE MOTOR LEARNING
VNS currently treats patients with epilepsy and depression. In addition, it may also produce cortical plasticity, and drive learning and rehabilitation. We are using animal models to understand the mechanisms of VNS-driven cortical plasticity, specifically to enhance motor learning.
NOVEL IMAGING TECHNOLOGY IN FREELY-MOVING ANIMALS
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat patients with Parkinson's, essential tremor and obsessive compulsive disorder. Using brain samples from human patients, we are evaluating the long-term safety of DBS, along with the potential for neuroprotective effects.
VNS TO TREAT NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS
We apply vegas nerve stimulation (VNS) to treat disorders of the nervous system, including the loss of myelin in multiple sclerosis. VNS can drive plasticity in the recovering nervous system and we explore how both invasive and non-invasive approaches can be optimized to restore function.