Can specialised magnets improve cognition in MS?

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Lead researcher: Dr Robert Dineen

Based at: University of Nottingham

Grant we awarded: £244,826


About the project

People with MS often experience problems with cognition, such as learning, concentrating, problem-solving and memory.

Intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) is a technique that affects brain activity. Researchers place a magnetic device on the side of the head. By rapidly varying the magnetic field, they can activate the part of the brain responsible for processes like cognition. It's been shown to improve cognition in people with depression and other people without MS.

Dr Dineen and his team aim to identify if iTBS treatment improves cognition for people with MS.

How will it help people with MS?

Currently, there are no effective treatments for cognitive problems in MS. If successful, this project could help to establish iTBS as one of the first effective treatments for improving cognition in people with MS.

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