TEDx Talk on Deep Brain Stimulation by Dr. Michael Okun and Dr. Kelly Foote

This TEDx talk on Deep Brain Stimulation titled the Electric Brain was given on February 11, 2012.


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The human brain is a supercomputer with networks that control the various functions that make us who we are, and allow us to do what we do.  When brain circuits malfunction, debilitating motor and behavioral symptoms may emerge. Direct electrical modulation of malfunctioning brain circuits has tremendous potential to alleviate human suffering in dramatic and sometimes surprising ways.

Dr. Michael S. Okun has an undergraduate degree in History.  He is a surgical neurologist who has spent the last decade mapping the human brain for over 700 deep brain stimulation surgeries.  He is one of the world’s leading movement disorders and neuropsychiatry researchers, and he serves as the National Medical Director for the National Parkinson Foundation. Dr. Kelly D. Foote has an undergraduate degree in materials science and engineering.  He is a functional neurosurgeon who has performed over 700 deep brain stimulator implantations for various applications. He is one of the world’s leading researchers in stereotactic neurosurgery and neuromodulation. Dr. Okun and Dr. Foote together co-founded the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, which is a completely patient centric interdisciplinary facility that helps patients from around the world who are suffering from movement and neuropsychiatric disorders.