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External Seminar: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - past, present and future

Tuesday 31 October 2017, 4.00PM to 5.00pm

Speaker(s): Professor Anthony T. Barker - University of Sheffield Medical School


The first practical demonstration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) took place in February 1985 following a ten year blue-skies research project carried out in Sheffield. Since then it has become adopted worldwide for many applications including basic research, diagnosis and for therapy in a range of disorders. Over ten thousand papers have been published about, or using, the technique over the past three decades.

This talk will describe the origins of modern TMS and the legacy it owes to Michael Faraday’s discovery of electromagnetic induction. It will consider some of the currently available technologies along with their basic characteristics, advantages and limitations. Finally, it will speculate as to how TMS might become more effective in the future, both in terms of its technology and its clinical application.

Location: PS/B020