A MedTech West lunch seminar with Magnus Thordstein: TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation): Here, there and everywhere!

Welcome to a MedTech West lunch seminar with Magnus Thordstein, Ass. professor and a Senior lecturer in Clinical Neurophysiology at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Since the first report in 1985 of its practice in human subjects, the use of the technique Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for non-invasive, safe investigation of the nervous system has greatly expanded. Initially, TMS was used for exploration of the central parts of the motor system. Later, its practice has revealed various physiological and pathophysiological aspects of central nervous (CNS) functioning in humans. Not the least, it’s come to be an important part of the pre-operative investigation for neurosurgery with possibility to export findings to neuronavigational systems used under operation. Moreover, it is the most well documented technique with regard to the field of neuromodulation, i.e. the possibility to, again non-invasively, change the functioning of the CNS. This is an expanding field that holds promise to provide new and possibly more efficient modes of therapy for a wide range of CNS disturbances.

In this presentation Magnus Thordstein will give a historical background to CNS stimulation and an overview of its current and possible future applications.

When? 11.30-12.30 (13.00 incl. lunch) May 26th

Where? Stammen, Blå stråket 6, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

A light lunch will be served to those who have registered before 13:00 PM on May 22nd. Email your registration to: seminars@medtechwest.se. Write “Seminar May 26” in the subject.

Image: Visualization of the motor tract (white and green respectively) from the neuronavigation system in a patient under operation for a brain tumor (purple). The delineation of the tract was calculated using DTI-tractography based on TMS-defined cortical locations of motor function.