increasing number of patients
with Dystonia. In many cases, these patients are children
or teen-agers. The results can be quite dramatic and are
very satisfying for everyone involved.
The Center has a long history
in the neurosurgical treatment of intractable Obsessive-Compulsive
Disorder and Major Depression. We have monthly meetings
to review cases that are attended by psychiatrists, neurologists,
We continue to perform cingulotomies
as appropriate. However, over the past year, we have begun
evaluating patients for vagal nerve stimulation to treat
Major Depression. In addition, we are part of a multi-center
trial to evaluate DBS to treat Major Depression.
The Center remains active
in publishing both scientific and clinical results. We have
published recent paper in Nature Neuroscience, the Journal
of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, and Stereotactic and Functional
Neurosurgery. In addition, the biennial meeting of the
American Society for Stereotactic
and Functional Neurosurgery is being Co-Chaired by Dr.
Eskandar, and is being held in Boston this year.
The Center is also actively
involved in community outreach and education through local
presentations and seminars held at MGH.