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MAR 11, 2020 10:30 AM PDT

PANEL: Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression Using Directional Current Steering and Individualized Network Targeting

Presented at: Neuroscience 2020
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speakers
  • D.C and Irene Ellwood Professor and Chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine
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  • Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology and affiliated faculty in Bioengineering and Neuroscience, UCLA Medical Center & UCLA Brain Research Institute
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  • Associate Professor, Vice-Chair of Clinical Research, Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine
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Abstract

The public health burden of Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) has prompted clinical trials of deep brain stimulation (DBS) that have, unfortunately, produced inconsistent outcomes. Potential gaps and opportunities include a need: (1) to better understand the neurocircuitry of the disease; (2) for precision DBS devices that can target brain networks in a clinically and physiologically validated manner; and (3) for greater insight into stimulation dose-response relationships. These needs are based on our overarching hypothesis that network-guided neuromodulation is critical for the efficacy of DBS in TRD. This project aims to address the unmet need of TRD patients by identifying brain networks critical for treating depression and to use next generation precision DBS with steering capability to engage these targeted networks and develop a new therapy for TRD. We use the Boston Scientific (BS) Vercise DBS system, which offers a segmented steerable lead with multiple independent current sources that allows true directional steering. Moreover, this system integrates stimulation field modeling (SFM) with MR tractography to predict network engagement. We use an innovative approach of targeting both subgenual cingulate (SGC) and ventral capsule/ventral striatum (VC/VS), which we term corticomesolimbic DBS. These targets are hubs in distinct yet partially overlapping depression networks and emerging basic science literature implicates them in bidirectional modulation of depression circuits. We also apply a paradigm-shifting approach using intracranial stereo-EEG (sEEG) subacutely after DBS implant to evaluate the clinical reliability of steering, SFMs, and tractography and to define and then target the networks mediating symptoms of depression. The impact of this proposal includes physiological validation of current “steering” DBS technology to target specific networks, insights into effects of stimulation parameters on network physiology, an improved understanding of the pathophysiology of depression, and, perhaps most importantly, a novel approach for treating TRD. This research will also pioneer a novel and high-yield test bed for DBS therapy development consistent with BRAIN priorities.


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