Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, Belgium
Title: The effect of HF-rTMS on cue-reactivity in detoxified alcohol
Sarah C Herremans is a psychiatrist at the University Hospital of Brussels, Belgium. She graduated as a medical doctor at the Free University of Brussels in 2006, after which she specialized in psychiatry. She graduated as a psychiatrist and started her PhD in 2011. Her field of research concerns the application of HF-rTMS in alcohol dependent patients.
Different neuromodulation techniques such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) are now being investigated for their ability to treat addiction. In alcohol dependent patients, high frequency (HF)-rTMS is able to reduce alcohol craving, an important risk factor in relapse. However, the neurobiological effect of HF-rTMS in such patients is poorly understood. To address some of these unresolved questions we conducted a brain imaging study in a sample of recently detoxified alcohol dependent patients who underwent fifteen HF-rTMS sessions at the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. The effect of stimulation was evaluated by means of an alcohol-related cue-exposure during fMRI. Results and implications of this study will be discussed.
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