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Mark S. George, MD
Exciting New Ways to Stimulate the Brain to Treat Depression or Pain
Distinguished University Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Brain Stimulation Laboratory; and Medical University of South Carolina Director, Brain Imaging Center of Excellence, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Functional imaging research over the past 20 years has outlined the brain’s cellular networks involved in regulating mood and processing pain. It is now possible to test whether stimulating different parts of these cellular networks can provide therapeutic treatment of depression and pain. In his presentation, Dr. George will consider noninvasive methods for stimulating the brain, including transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation. He will also critically compare the various approaches with respect to the best available evidence.
About the Speaker:
Mark S. George, MD, is a Distinguished University Professor in the psychiatry, radiology, and neurology departments at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He also directs both the MUSC Center for Advanced Imaging Research and the Brain Stimulation Laboratory, and he codirects the South Carolina Brain Imaging Center of Excellence. His interests include the relationship between mind and brain, or brain/behavior relationships, and his research focuses on using brain imaging and stimulation to understand depression and devise new treatments. Dr. George was one of the first to use functional imaging (particularly oxygen positron emission tomography), and he discovered that specific brain regions change activity during normal emotions. Dr. George earned his MD from MUSC.