Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) with Dr. Nolan Williams

In this episode, we talk to Dr. Nolan Williams about repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for depression and finding treatment options for people who want or need to be treated quickly.

AUG 16th, 2022

Episode Notes

Memorable Moments:

  • 4:17  I’ve been very focused on specifically trying to help develop rapid acting interventions with you know, with a lot of a lot of work in the, in the kind of emergence emerging psychedelic space with some, you know, with with drugs like Ibogaine and ketamine being explored in the lab. And that’s, that’s part of it. And those studies are definitely important in trying to understand the mechanism of those drugs and trying to understand what we can use those drugs for. Where we’ve been very focused is using and kind of engineering a rapid acting form of for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.
  • 5:47 So we’ve been very focused on trying to develop rTMS and kind of re-engineer rTMS into an approach that allows for us to treat people over a very short period of time. 
  • 7:25 The idea there is this is a way of treating rapidly by rearranging the stimulation in space, and time and dose.
  • 13:25 The highest risk of completed suicide is in the period right after psychiatric hospital discharge. [That’s] rate of the whole lifetime. So we were very interested in that particular population, because we wanted to be able to treat people in these high emergency settings. 
  • 22:42 To me, the problem of really getting TMS in particular out there has been an educational problem.

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Dr. Nolan Williams

Dr. Nolan Williams is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab. Dr. Williams has a broad background in clinical neuroscience and is triple board-certified in general neurology, general psychiatry, as well as behavioral neurology & neuropsychiatry. In addition, he has specific training and clinical expertise in the development of brain stimulation methodologies under Mark George, MD.