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Dual Targeting in OCD Neuromodulation: Lessons from the UCL OCD DBS Trial & Next-Generation Brain Stimulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


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You’re invited to join the Clinical TMS Society for this installment of our Grand Round Webinar Series: Dual Targeting in OCD Neuromodulation: Lessons from the UCL OCD DBS Trial & Next-Generation Brain Stimulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 

Part 1: Dual Targeting in OCD Neuromodulation: Lessons from the UCL OCD DBS Trial Presented by Himanshu Tyagi, MRCPsych, PhD

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the evolution of OCD DBS Targeting; 
  2. Understand the core functional circuits involved in OCD; 
  3. Clinical lessons learnt from OCD DBS Dual Targeting; 
  4. Impact on disability and the burden of normality after the successful treatment of OCD. 

Part 2: Next-Generation Brain Stimulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Presented by Alik Widge, MD, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the clinical evidence for invasive neurostimulation in psychiatry;
  2. Identify challenges unique to the design of clinical trials in brain stimulation;
  3. Describe the application of biomarker-based therapies to improve clinical neurostimulation outcomes. 

Date of Release: July 9, 2021

Date of Expiration: July 8, 2023


Cost: Members: $25 | Non-members $50 | Student Members FREE



Himanshu Tyagi, MRCPsych, PhD

Dr Himanshu Tyagi, MRCPsych, PhD is a medical psychotherapist and clinical academic neuropsychiatrist in the field of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. He coordinated the first UK trial investigating Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in severe and treatment refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) between 2012-2016 at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology. He holds a CCT in Psychotherapy (CBT), a PhD in neuroscience from UCL and was the recipient of Higher Psychiatric Trainee of the Year award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK in 2012 and British Neuropsychiatric Association’s Alwyn Lishman prize in 2017. He is also a co-founder and vice chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists network for Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCARD). At present he runs a specialist national clinic for OCD comorbid with Tourette syndrome at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square and leads one of two specialist inpatient OCD services in England which is based in North London. He is also a co-investigator on the upcoming Op-TICS trial, looking at deep brain stimulation in patients with severe Tourette Syndrome. He routinely tweets about the latest OCD research and clinical practice tips at @himanshutyagi

Alik Widge, MD, PhD

Alik Widge, MD, PhD is a brain stimulation psychiatrist and biomedical engineer. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he directs the Translational NeuroEngineering Lab. Dr. Widge completed his MD at the University of Pittsburgh, his PhD in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, psychiatry residency at the University of Washington, and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on brain stimulation for severe and treatment-resistant mental illness, with particular emphasis on deep brain stimulation and related implantable technologies. Dr. Widge's recent work has demonstrated new algorithms for closed-loop brain stimulation and stimulation methods for modifying connectivity in the distributed circuits of mental illness. His laboratory studies rodent models for prototyping these new technologies and human patients to identify biomarkers and targets for future intervention. He also co-leads programs to design new neurostimulation technologies in the central and peripheral nervous systems, to evaluate technologies for safety and efficacy in humans, and to improve the quality of clinical biomarker research nationwide.


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Medtronic:Research Grant Overall Principal Investigator