The Brain Mapping Laboratory, directed by Dr. Aysegul Gunduz, was highlighted in CNN’s Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta for their work on closed-loop deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Tourette syndrome. This work is a collaborative effort with Dr. Michael Okun of Neurology and Dr. Kelly Foote of Neurosurgery, Co-Directors of the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Dr. Gunduz’s role in the collaboration is to detect from human chronic brain recordings onsets of involuntary tics that characterize Tourette syndrome and generate stimulation patterns that would relieve the tics in a closed-loop fashion. University of Florida is the first institution that has implanted bilateral cortical and subcortical leads that allow stimulation and recording at the same time in human patients. The half hour program highlights the challenges of the disease, the multidisciplinary collaboration at UF and the significant impact this investigational study can have on people struggling with Tourette syndrome.
Congratulations, Dr. Gunduz!
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