I am a research fellow in the NeuroMetrology lab and an academic junior doctor at Imperial College London. My research focuses on the effects and quantification of deep brain stimulation (DBS).
DBS has been used for decades, helping alleviate symptoms in a host of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease. Increasingly, although still very much experimental, DBS is also being used to treat severe mental health disorders. Despite remarkable results, the mechanism behind stimulation remains unknown.
The binary immediateness of DBS is not only an effective intervention but a technologically fortuitousness research tool. No temporal expulsion of a pharmaceutical intervention needs to be considered. Instead a flick of a wireless switch instantly suspends the delivering of symptom-reducing electricity to the epicentre of dopaminergic disruption.
The quantification of symptoms has the potential to aid diagnosis, monitoring and the discovery of novel treatments – both symptomatic and preventative in nature.