Can We Predict Who Will Respond To Brain Stimulation Treatment For Depression?
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Professor Paul Fitzgerald is Deputy Director of MAPrc and Professor of Psychiatry at the Epworth Clinic / Epworth Health Care in Camberwell. He is a qualified psychiatrist, has a Masters of Psychological Medicine and research PhD.

Prof Fitzgerald completed his medical degree at Monash University (1991) and subsequently a Masters of Psychological Medicine (1998) whilst completing psychiatric training. He then undertook a Clinical and Research Fellowship at the University of Toronto and The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On returning to Melbourne, he worked as a psychiatrist and completed a PhD in transcranial magnetic stimulation in schizophrenia (completed 2003). Since completing this Ph.D., he has developed a substantial research program including a team of over 25 psychiatrists, registrars, postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, research nurses and students.

Professor Fitzgerald runs a substantive research program across both MAPrc and Epworth Clinic utilising brain stimulation and neuroimaging techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation, functional and structural MRI, EEG and near infrared spectroscopy.  The primary focus of this program is on the development of new brain stimulation based treatments for psychiatric disorders. There is a special focus on severe or treatment resistant depression but treatments are also being investigated in other disorders including schizophrenia, obsessive- compulsive disorder, chronic pain, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. Researchers within the team have conducted over 15 clinical trials across these conditions as well as a large number of investigative studies. The team currently has 9 clinical trials underway across 7 clinical conditions.

                       

Can We Predict Who Will Respond To Brain Stimulation Treatment For Depression?

Published by Neil Bailey, Kate Hoy, and Paul Fitzgerald Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Monash University Central Clinical School These findings are described in the article entitled Differentiating responders and non-responders to rTMS treatment for depression after one week using resting EEG connectivity measures, recently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders (Journal of Affective Disorders 242 (2019) 68-79). This work was conducted by NW Bailey, KE Hoy, NC Rogasch, RH Thomson, S McQueen, D Elliot, CM Sullivan, and BD...

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