Webinar Recording: Your Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Questions Answered
With Dr. Helen Brontë-Stewart
Nearly 35% of people with Parkinson’s experience OFF periods (and this percentage increases with age), and OFF periods can negatively impact quality of life in substantial ways. Deep Brain Stimulation has the ability to change that.
This Webinar was recorded live on May 22, 2019.
In this webinar, Dr. Brontë-Stewart addressed:
- The goal of DBS
- What happens when the neurosurgeon leaves the room (what to expect and how to prepare)
- Dual therapy and how to blend DBS and medication
- The pros and cons of fixed vs rechargeable batteries
- Symptom relief (how symptoms respond to DBS, how quickly and how well they respond over the long term)
- Unexpected and surprising symptoms that DBS helps
- Programming (how it works, potential challenges and what to expect)
- Developments and innovation in DBS
- And much more
Your Instructor for the Webinar
Helen Brontë-Stewart, MD, MSE, is the John E. Cahill Family Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and in the Department of Neurosurgery (by courtesy) at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics at the University of York, England and a Master of Science in Bioengineering (MSE) from University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Brontë-Stewart received her MD degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Brontë-Stewart’s research goal is to understand how the brain controls movement. She is also very interested in balance and gait disorders and maintains an active research program in this area. With a background in ballet and modern dance, she initiated the idea and helped to design a dance studio in the new Stanford Neurosciences Health Center. She has also authored and co-authored over 90 peer review manuscripts, book chapters and other materials on Parkinson’s related issues. Throughout her career she has held many teaching positions, beginning during her undergraduate years with directorships of two dance companies. Her research has been supported by numerous foundations devoted to Parkinson’s awareness.