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Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (BIDMC)

Director: Pascual-Leone, Alvaro, Ph.D., M.D.


The Laboratory for Magnetic Brain Stimulation provides a cutting edge methodology for assessing the function of the cerebral cortex and motor systems. The method of repetitive cortical magnetic stimulation was pioneered by Dr. Pascual-Leone, the Director of the Laboratory, and is currently finding uses in a variety of clinical situations, ranging from depression and movement disorders to neurorehabilitation.

Clinical work includes studies of central motor conduction time, cortical excitability, noninvasive determination of hemispheric dominance for language, and noninvasive cortical mapping. In addition, our clinical program offers noninvasive brain stimulation for treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, epilepsy, dystonia, Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, and the neurorehabilitation of hand function and language after stroke.




Research Opportunities

  • Mini-Fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ( Research Opportunity )

    "LMBS offers a Mini-Fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation three times per year. This Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for hands-on learning of the basic principles, standards of use, and potential applications in neuropsychiatry of TMS. The Mini-Fellowship is conducted in small groups with formal teaching sessions and ample practical exposure. At the end of the Mini-Fellowship the participants will have learned and directly experienced how to determine motor threshold, how to record motor evoked potentials, how to conduct cortical mapping and paired-pulse TMS studies, how to safely apply repetitive TMS, how to design TMS studies, write TMS protocols, and apply for an investigational device exemption from the Food and Drug Administration. Those interested in obtaining more detailed information should contact the core."


  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) ( Material analysis service )

    "Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique that utilizes low amplitude direct currents applied via scalp electrodes to inject currents in the brain and thus modulates the level of excitability."

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) ( Material analysis service )

    "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive technique that uses the principle of electromagnetic induction to focus induced currents in the brain and modulate the function of the cortex."

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