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Dr. Mark George's Work Profiled by NOVA

Mark GeorgeMUSC's Mark George will be featured in the PBS show "NOVA scienceNOW," hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, about his work in treating depression and pain, airing on February 2, 2011 on PBS (Magnetic Mind Control).

NOVA's series on cutting edge neuroscience methods brought them to MUSC to learn more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). 

The Brain Stimulation Division in the Department of Psychiatry are world leaders with this technology, particularly in translating ideas about circuits in the brain into using TMS as a treatment. In fact, TMS was FDA approved as a treatment for depression in 2008 based in large part on the initial and then subsequent studies performed here at MUSC. 

The NOVA team also filmed some of the other important uses of TMS: examples of using TMS as a neuroscience tool to knock-in or knock out regional brain activity and change behavior.  They also spent time with Dr. Jeff Borckardt and Dr. Scott Reeves of the Anesthesia department, who have pioneered TMS as a potential anti-pain treatment.

For people interested in TMS for clinical care, call or email Tami Brown at 792-5716. For the research clinical trial, contact Matthew Schmidt at 876-5141.

Related Links:

- Magnetic Brain Stimulation as Treatment for Depression (Scientific American)

- Anxiety and Depression Studies 

TMS Effects on Pain and Depression in Patients with Fibromyalgia

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