Alzheimer’s DBS trial evokes vivid memories

Deeb cropA recent trial evaluated deep brain stimulation targeting the fornix, an arch-like structure connecting the hippocampus to other parts of the limbic system, with a primary aim of improving cognition in Alzheimer’s patients.

Though that objective was unsuccessful, researchers analyzed a phenomenon of flashback-like cognitive experiences in nearly half of the patients occurring during initial programming of the stimulator.

Wissam Deeb, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the University of Florida, led the research team and explains the results and what they could mean in The Conversation.

Read Deeb’s article in The Conversation.