The Butson Lab presented new research on deep brain stimulation at the 20th International Congress of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society in Berlin, Germany held on June 19-24, 2016.

Heather Wark, an MD/PhD student in Bioengineering, presented “Suppression of dyskinesia in Parkinson’s disease by electrical stimulation of dorsal subthalamic nucleus tissue”.  This research concludes physicians treating Parkinson's patients may now be able to target dorsal subthalamic nucleus neural tissue with deep brain stimulation to help decrease involuntary movement.

The abstract is available here.

Gordon Duffley, a graduate student in Bioengineering, presented “Mobile decision support system for nurse managment of deep brain stimulation”.  This research provides results of a clinical trial of nurses treating Parkinson's patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) using an iPad-based clinical decision-making support system. Preliminary findings indicate the nurses are able to drastically reduce the programming time for DBS with this system, reducing the burden on both patient and caregiver.

The abstract is available here.