The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has invited Dylan Edwards, Ph.D., P.T., to speak at a workshop on Non-Invasive Neuromoduation of the Central Nervous System to be held March 2-4, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The IOM is the health arm of the National Academies and provides evidence-based health information to the government and private sector. The goal of the workshop is to explore the opportunities, challenges, and ethical questions surrounding the development, regulation and reimbursement of neuromodulation devices. It will be attended by the standing committee of the IOM, including representatives from federal agencies, the military, and the biomedical industry.
Dr. Edwards’ laboratory at BMRI has been at the forefront of studying the benefits of non-invasive brain stimulation in rehabilitation medicine. These technologies, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), can be effective in restoring motor function in patients with brain or spinal cord injury. More recently, the use of neuromodulation in healthy individuals—from enhancing math ability to boosting endurance in elite athletes—has attracted broader interest. Dr. Edwards will focus on these emerging non-therapeutic applications in his presentation at the workshop.