Cingulate dynamics track depression recovery with deep brain stimulation
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can help people with severe depression when other treatments don’t work, but it’s hard to figure out how to adjust it for each person. Scientists have developed a way to record brain signals and use artificial intelligence to find out when the treatment is working. They found that 90% of patients had good results, and 70% got better. They also learned that the way the brain is damaged and connected before the treatment can predict how well it will work. They even used video analysis to see how people’s faces change as they get better. This research could help personalize depression treatment.
Alagapan, S., Choi, K.S., Heisig, S. et al. Cingulate dynamics track depression recovery with deep brain stimulation. Nature (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-023-06541-3