The Depression Files

Al Interviews Dr. Nolan Williams on the topic of Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT) - an Enhanced Version of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

December 27, 2020

In this episode, Al interviews Dr. Nolan Williams, assistant professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab (recorded 11-20-20). Dr. Williams has a broad background in neuropsychiatry and is double board certified in both neurology and psychiatry.

Dr. Williams describes what Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is and how it works. He goes on to describe the very recent research he is leading at Stanford University titled, "Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy (SAINT)". This enhanced version of TMS has been shown to be five times more potent than traditional TMS. More potent stimulation means patients can be stimulated for less time, meaning more sessions could be administered per day, potentially resulting in much faster antidepressant responses.

You can find out more about Dr. Nolan Williams here. You'll also find him tweeting @NolanRyWilliams. You can find out more about Stanford's Brain Stimulation Lab and SAINT here.

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