Colleen Loo is a psychiatrist and clinical academic researcher of the University of New South Wales, based at St George Hospital and the Black Dog Institute. She is an active clinician and researcher, with a particular interest in improving treatments for severe depression : electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and novel treatments for mood disorders, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and ketamine. She established the first randomised controlled trials of TMS, tDCS and ketamine in psychiatry in Australia. Her team of researchers is also studying the use of brain stimulation to enhance cognitive functioning (in mood disorders and healthy ageing), and neuroplasticity in mood disorders.
Today’s blog is reposted from the excellent Conversation UK website. It’s written by Kerrie-Anne Ho and Colleen Loo from the University of New South Wales in Australia. They provide an overview of recent research looking at the efficacy and safety of transcranial direct current stimulation for depression.[read the full story...]