Treating Parkinson’s with Surgical Precision

A University startup based on Professor Noam Harel’s, Ph.D. (MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Researcher) research recently reached a major milestone in helping to ensure that deep brain stimulation (DBS) is effective for more patients with Parkinson’s disease. Deep brain stimulation uses an implanted electrode to electrically stimulate specific parts of the brain in a way that corrects the “noisy” neuron activity behind the involuntary movements common in Parkinson’s.

Harel’s research helps ensure that electrodes find its target and makes DBS more effective for more patients. Surgical Information Sciences (SIS) announced the first commercial use of its SIS System, which generates 3D maps specific to each patient that surgeons can use to more precisely target where in the brain to place DBS leads. Afterward, these visualizations can also help neurologists fine-tune the electrical patterns of DBS stimulation to have the greatest effect.

Learn more about Dr. Harel's neuromodulation research by reading the article below.