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Stanford scientists seek to map origins of mental illness, develop noninvasive treatment

February 20, 2020

[MUSIC] Stanford University.>>The Neurocircuit is a consortium, it’s
a set of projects, where our ambition is to create a
completely new way of understanding the brain by being able to
turn on or turn off parts of the brain. Very relevant for a range of illnesses,
schizophrenia, depression, post-traumatic stress where the very
ability to think is impaired. One of the major limitations to any desire
that we might have to manipulate brain circuits is
that our tools are really crude right now. Yet our understanding of the brain has
advanced tremendously with all sorts of brain imaging done in healthy people and
in patients.>>The goal of Neurocircuit is to bring
forth new technologies of transcranial magnetic stimulation and
ultra sound neurostimulation and to direct those technologies to change activity in
the brain and change connections between different areas of the brain to try and
deliver some treatment to these diseases.>>And then activate it.>>TMS, which stands transcranial magnetic
stimulation, is a method that’s been in existence in
one form or another for about two decades. You run a current, a very, very powerful
current but very transiently, per a couple hundred microseconds through
a very heavy duty coil. The amazing thing that this does is it
induces a magnetic field and then when it passes over neurons in the
brain, which lies just under the skull, it
activates them.>>So what I’m gonna do next is I’m gonna.>>We’re proceeding both with TMS and
ultrasound neurostimulation. This is a novel technology that, has been
revisited just a few years ago with the discovery that ultrasound, the same
sort of technology used for imaging that everyone’s familiar with, can actually be
used to change neural activity. We have studied it in the retina, and an ultrasound can very effectively
change activity in the retina. And so, we hope it that it can be used
more flexibly in the entire brain to be able to reach to the deepest parts of
the brain. We see ultrasound as the neurostimulation
method of the future. With this technical development and
understanding we see this as being able to stand in for TMS in both in terms of
getting a narrower and tighter focus and also reaching a deeper structure of the
brain. In theory, you can get to the point where
you go to your doctor, you get a diagnosis of what your brain
disease is, in your mental illness which circuits are
abnormal, and then the treatments you get our non-invasive manipulations of
those circuits to restore function. That has tremendous implications. [NOISE]. [BLANK_AUDIO] For more, please visit us at


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  • Reply E T November 25, 2014 at 1:55 am


  • Reply Danny Wilten November 25, 2014 at 4:38 am

    I am sure this will never be abused by government. It is just to help people…   😉

  • Reply R vLn November 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Until science takes a leap (the leap I propose), they will never understand the least of the cause and treatment.

  • Reply Animesh Sharma December 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    "ultrasound as a method of neurostimulation" 🙂

  • Reply - J - December 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    would you have to keep getting treatment or would this rewire the brain?

  • Reply Gangadhar Halankar December 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm


  • Reply Eric Mcoo January 11, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Americans machines control death.

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