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

Posted on: December 18, 2018
Last Updated: September 21, 2020

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  • Since 2010, research and development has been largely withdrawn from the field of psychiatry stalling the development of new antidepressants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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