Mental health services

Research highlights

Deep brain stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Jon Grant and Dr. Suck Won Kim are working with neurosurgery colleagues to use deep brain stimulation (DBS) in treating obsessive compulsive disorder that hasn’t responded to any other form of treatment. DBS uses a pacemaker-like device to transmit electrical impulses to electrodes implanted in a specific part of the brain.

Vagal nerve stimulation for bulimia. UMPhysicians researchers have collected solid evidence showing how the vagus nerve – which starts in the brainstem and extends down to the colon – perpetuates binge eating and vomiting in bulimia. They have tested different approaches to stimulating this nerve as a way to treat the eating disorder.

Early Risers program. UMPhysicians doctors helped develop and test a program for elementary school children who are experiencing adjustment difficulties that may be linked to later risk behaviors, such as substance abuse.

In-depth diagnostic imaging. Our mental health providers have access to state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques through the Domenici Research Center for Mental Illness a neuroscience research facility within the Brain Sciences Center, located at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. The center includes a rare magnetoencephalography (MEG) neuroimaging instrument.


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