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New Study Supports Efficacy of Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression
Date:8/20/2007

ence significant clinical benefit at 24 months, making VNS Therapy the only treatment for TRD to demonstrate such long-term improvements.

The FDA approved VNS therapy in 2005 as an adjunctive long-term treatment of chronic or recurrent depression for patients (18 years of age or older) who are experiencing a major depressive episode and have not had an adequate response to four or more antidepressant treatments. It is the only device ever studied and approved for treatment-resistant depression. VNS therapy is delivered from a small pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest area that sends mild pulses to the brain via the vagus nerve in the neck.

Nahas' esteemed colleague Mark S. George, M.D., MUSC Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology, shares this vision and supports the need for additional research to maximize the potential of neurostimulation as a diagnostic and therapeutic agent. George has launched a new international, peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to exploring the field of neuromodulation. Published by Elsevier, Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation strives to provide the most comprehensive collection of research being conducted in this emerging field. As editor-in-chief, George's extensive experience researching neurostimulation applications will aide him in facilitating and shaping the field's promising future.

About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the south. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC is home to over 3,000 students and residents, as well as nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the University and its affiliates have collective budgets in excess of $1.3 billion per year. MUSC operates a 600 bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Chil
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