Hadassah

Hadassah Specialists Conduct Clinical Trial Using Deep Brain Stimulation to Relieve Depression

Thursday, Sep 27 2012

A multidisciplinary team at the Hadassah Medical Center is testing the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to alleviate depression in severely affected patients.

The Hadassah team includes physicians from Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory, the Medical Neurobiology Department, and the Center for Functional and Restorative Surgery. The experimental procedure is part of an international clinical trial being conducted in several European countries and Israel. In order to be accepted into the study, patients must have already tried at least three different drug treatments as well as electro-convulsive therapy and failed to attain relief.

The treatment involves the insertion of two electrodes into symmetrical areas of the brain, known to affect mood regulation. “There is evidence of increased activity in these areas among the severely depressed,” explains Prof. Benjamin Lerer, head of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory. The electric current, he relates, reduces that activity and gradually affects the patient’s mood.

The electrodes, in turn, are connected to filaments that are implanted under the scalp, reaching to the chest wall where the operating unit—a computer and a battery—are implanted. Dr. Zvi Israel, Director of the Center for Functional and Restorative Surgery, reports that they have found that “treating the severely depressed with DBS has a 70 percent success rate.”

DBS has been used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder since 2009 and Parkinson’s severe tremors since 2002.

Comments

No comments yet.
First Name
Email
Comment
Enter this word:

Related Stories

alt_text

Friday, Dec 15 2017

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Hadassah Hospital

An intimate video tour of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Hadassah Hospital highlights the miraculous recoveries of children given a second chance, with firsthand accounts from their grateful parents and their extraordinary doctors and nurses.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Tuesday, Dec 12 2017

Hadassah Mount Scopus Rehab Gets Boost at Hadassah International Israel Gala Dinner

More than a thousand Israelis expressed their support for the eagerly anticipated new Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus rehabilitation center for wounded soldiers and terror survivors at a gala event sponsored by Hadassah International Israel at the David International Hotel in Tel Aviv.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Tuesday, Dec 12 2017

Older People Who Get Out Live Longer

A study led by Hadassah Physician Dr. Jeremy Michael Jacobs, Chair of the Hadassah Medical Organization’s Geriatric and Rehabilitation Complex, reveals that individuals between the ages of 70 and 90 who leave the house daily have a lower risk of mortality, independent of social, functional or medical status.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Monday, Dec 11 2017

Twin boy Saved by Hadassah Experts and Cutting-Edge Technology

Simcha and his twin sister, Sarah, were born to a Jerusalem couple in their early forties, after years of hoping for children.

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Missions Department

missions@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More