Congratulations Drs. Gunduz, Foote and Okun on the publication of “Reengineering Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders: Emerging Technologies,” in Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering’s September issue.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical technique, which consists of continuous delivery of an electrical pulse through chronically implanted electrodes connected to a neurostimulator, programmable in amplitude, pulse width, frequency, and stimulation channel. DBS is a promising treatment option for addressing severe and drug-resistant movement disorders. The success of DBS therapy is a combination of surgical implantation techniques, device technology, and clinical programming strategies. Changes in device settings require highly trained and experienced clinicians to achieve maximal therapeutic benefit for each targeted symptom, and optimization of stimulation parameters can take many visits. Thus, the development of innovative DBS technologies that can optimize the clinical implementation of DBS will lead to wider scale utilization. This review aims to present engineering approaches that have the potential to improve clinical outcomes of DBS, focusing on the development novel temporal patterns, innovative electrode designs, computational models to guide stimulation, closed-loop DBS, and remote programming.