Barrow Center for Neuromodulation
Welcome to the future of medicine
The Barrow Center for Neuromodulation is a leader in an exciting new field of medicine that restores or improves patients' function by correcting abnormal electrical or chemical activity in the brain. Neuromodulation can be achieved in traditional ways via medication and through emerging approaches that use nanotechnologies and genetic engineering to alter brain malfunction. Another type of neuromodulation--deep brain stimulation (DBS)--uses electrical stimulation to correct abnormal rhythms in the brain, much as a cardiac pacemaker does for the heart. Researchers and physicians at Barrow believe that neuromodulation could prove beneficial to many neurological disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, bipolar disease, epilepsy, stroke and autism.
Watch a video explanation of deep brain stimulation.
A unique opportunity for Barrow
An initial area of focus for the Barrow Center for Neuromodulation is deep brain stimulation (DBS), which has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and essential tremor. Under the FDA Humanitarian Device Exemption, DBS is also approved for the treatment of dystonia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The potential of DBS seems endless.
The Barrow Center for Neuromodulation is uniquely positioned to make an impact on this growing field. The center has three components: innovative clinical services, clinical research and translational research.
The advances being made in neuromodulation will offer hope to hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. With this center, Barrow Neurological Institute becomes one of only a handful of institutions worldwide committed to driving this field forward.
Meet Francisco A. Ponce, MD, director of the Barrow Center for Neuromodulation.
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If the thought of having brain surgery while wide awake terrifies you, you’re not alone. DBS has traditionally been performed while patients are awake, but Barrow offers patients a way to essentially “sleep” through the procedure while under general anesthesia.