As a pioneer in deep brain stimulation (DBS) management, our research aims to better understand the safety, reliability and effectiveness of the treatment in movement disorders. Our research involves evaluation of patients undergoing DBS treatment and their outcomes. These evaluations can provide researchers with information on long-term management of DBS treatment, such as patients' responses to stimulation, any adverse events, programming issues and medication changes leading to alterations in treatment outcomes.
Additionally, we recently characterized the precise brain area stimulated by DBS to relieve dystonia. Using a computerized model known as a "volume of tissue activation" model, we can predict effective regions of stimulation in the globus pallidus of patients with primary dystonia, opening the way for programming guides that may greatly simplify clinical DBS programming for dystonia and suggest further insights to the pathophysiology of the disease.