Transcranial magnetic stimulation offers new ways to treat neuropsychiatric diseases


More than 100 hundred specialists on neurosciences attended the opening of the second edition of the course on the technique of transcranial magnetical stimulation (TMS) given by the University of Córdoba and IMIBIC. The course was organized by Isaac Túnez, professor at the University of Córdoba.

Phd MD Álvaro Pascual-Leone, professor at Harvard Medical School, was in charge of the inaugural lesson held at the Salón Mudéjar (Rector’s office).

Pascual-Leone, also known as one of the scientific fathers of TMS, gave a speech on the history and evolution of this technique. He highlighted the efficiency of the technique in the treatment of major depressive disorders and in neurorehabilitation of cerebrovascular accidents such as stroke. In the same way, he also said that his research group is studying the aplication of this technique in the treatment of Parkinson, Alzheimer and Autism.

According to Pascual-Leone, the latest advances in this field have the purpose of improving the precision of the stimulation using the potential of neuroimaging tools. In the sense given, he emphasized that the combination of TMS and functional magnetic resonance would enable to control the dosis and the accurate place to stimulate. Thus, it would be possible to undertand better the compensatory mechanisms of adaptive plasticity and to develop new therapeutic strategies in neurorrehabilitation.

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