Brain Stimulation

Angel Peterchev and lab mate demonstrate TMS with neuronavigator
Postdoctoral associate Dr. Lari Koponen demonstrates TMS under computer navigation on Dr. Angel Peterchev in the Brain Stimulation Research Center.

Brain stimulation is a rapidly expanding area of research and clinical practice. It enables noninvasive modulation of brain circuits to understand how the brain works. Clinical interventions using brain stimulation are an alternative or a complement to pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. 

Duke has a long tradition of clinical care, research and education in the area of brain stimulation. The Duke Electroconvulsive Therapy Clinic provides cutting-edge clinical care, and the Brain Stimulation Research Center offers brain stimulation research services for members of the Duke community. 

A range of brain stimulation techniques are developed and utilized at Duke, including:

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
  • Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS)
  • Transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS)
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
  • Neurofeedback 

Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab

Transcranial brain stimulation is increasingly used to study brain function, treat psychiatric and neurological disorders, and enhance cognitive performance. The Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab, led by Angel Peterchev, PhD, and Stefan Goetz, PhD, develops new devices and technologies to further the field of brain stimulation.

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Continuing Medical Education Opportunities

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences offers two continuing medical education fellowships:

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