What are the Reasons for the Rise in Interest in Neuromodulation? – Conversations with Dr Martijn Arns, Neuromodulation Expert

Posted on December 18, 2018

Dr Sanil Rege, Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder of Psych Scene and Psych Scene Hub speaks to Dr. Martijn Arns, Chief Scientific Adviser, neuroCare Group; Founding Director & Senior Researcher at Research Institute Brainclinics.

Author Quote

In my view, I think we are really [in psychiatry and psychology] facing a paradox shift. I think we are moving to a place which used to be dominated by the neurotransmitter models, the pharmacology model, in terms of antidepressants, antipsychotics, and other drugs. I the think what we’ve been finding out more and more, is that there is this homeostatic process where if you put something into the body for a long time, the body will adapt to it.

Take Home Messages

  • The problem of treatment-resistance could be addressed using the new model of neuromodulation which entails deep brain stimulation
  • Rather than developing homeostatic drive, neuromodulation taps into neuroplasticity, rewiring neural circuitry through learning
  • Since 2010, research and development has been largely withdrawn from the field of psychiatry stalling the development of new antidepressants
  • The brain cannot only be fixed through pharmacology and we need different techniques that are more targeted
  • Neuromodulation techniques are a powerful way of interfering with brain activity with possibly fewer side effects than current therapeutic drugs



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