Hitting the Target with Non-Invasive Deep Brain Stimulation: Potential Therapy for Addiction, Depression, and OCD

Researchers at EPFL have successfully tested a novel technique for probing deep into the human brain, without surgery, for potential therapeutic purpose

Illustration of striatum in the brain

Neurological disorders, such as addiction, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), affect millions of people worldwide and are often characterized by complex pathologies involving multiple brain regions and circuits. These conditions are notoriously difficult to treat due to the intricate and poorly understood nature of brain functions and the challenge of delivering therapies to deep brain structures without invasive procedures. In the rapidly evolving field of neuroscience, non-invasive brain stimulation is a new hope for understanding and treating a myriad of neurological and psychiatric conditions without surgical intervention or implants. Researchers, led by Friedhelm Hummel, MD, who holds the Defitchech Chair of Clinical Neuroengineering at EPFL’s (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne’s) School of Life Sciences, and postdoc Pierre Vassiliadis, are pioneering a new approach in the field, opening frontiers in treating conditions like addiction and depression.

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