The focus of my research has been centered upon developing methods of Neuromodulation as potential treatment tools as well investigating impact on brain plasticity. I have conducted several clinical trials and also mechanistic studies investigating the effects of noninvasive neuromodulatory tools in neuropsychiatry. Some of these studies are highly cited and have a significant impact on the field of neuromodulation. An important area is my work is in chronic pain. We were the first to publish a trial investigating the impact of tDCS for chronic pain in spinal cord injury. This study received an award as the top 10 most cited paper in the period of 2006-2008 in the journal PAIN. In addition, this and my other studies have led to successful grant applications (two NIH R21 grants). Along the same lines, some of my studies in stroke resulted also in important contributions to the field, as other research laboratories are now interested and conducting research in this area, using the approach I developed. I have also been conducting studies using animal models in collaboration with other laboratories to explore the effects of rTMS, repetitive electrical stimulation and tDCS on the brain. We measure several outcomes including invasive EEG recordings, cortical spreading depression and assessment of LTD/LTP in animal slices. Besides research efforts, I have been actively involved in teaching. I have organized and chaired 4 international symposiums. The most recent was a large 4-day International Symposium, in which 10 renowned speakers and faculty members from Europe and US met in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Also, I have created a 6-month collaborative learning course in clinical research with several colleagues. This is a large international HMS course (with an average of 120 students). The goal is to train clinical researchers across the world. We developed a highly interactive and collaborative learning method including also the case teaching method.
Biography Updated on 9 November 2010