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Clinical Research

DBS (deep brain stimulation) for Essentional Tremor Study

Deep brain stimulation has been successfully used for treatment of patients with medically-refractory essential tremor for over two decades. This study evaluates the safety and efficacy in treatment of essential tremor of a new DBS system manufactured by St. Jude Neurological.

DBS (deep brain stimulation) for Medically-refactory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Deep brain stimulation was approved in 2009 by the FDA under an HDE (Humanitarian Device Exemption) for treatment of patients with disabling, medically-refractory OCD. This treatment option is only appropriate for a small minority of OCD patients who have not benefited from standard medical or cognitive therapy. A thorough evaluation by our Psychiatry team is required to determine eligibility for this study.

Laboratory Research

Human Cortical Prosthetic to assist severely paralyzed patients

This study, under way at the Andersen Lab at Caltech and Huntington Memorial Hospital, has the goal of developing a means of communication with the external world for severely paralyzed or “locked-in” patients. A parietal cortical brain implant is being developed, capable of interpreting a patient’s plans for movement, allowing the patient to control a computer cursor and, eventually, a prosthetic arm.