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cortical excitability in epilepsy: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive and painless technique, using a powerful magnetic field, similar to that used in an MRI scanner. This is used to stimulate a small region of the brain. For example, if we stimulate the brain region controlling movement, it will cause a measurable muscle twitch.

A person undergoing transcranial magnetic stimulation

We are using this approach to study brain excitability in people with epilepsy, looking for clues that might help us understand the condition better. We are also using it to study how the brain responds to treatments, including anti-epileptic drugs and the ketogenic diet.

Dr Simona Balestrini

New TMS research

Dr Simona Balestrini is conducting a three year project using a pioneering technique of TMS in conjunction with electroencephalography (EEG) to look at the activity of the brain.