FSU Nursing Researchers Contribute to Advancements in Personalized Brain Stimulation Therapy for Mental Health

A groundbreaking research project at Florida State University (FSU) is offering new hope for individuals struggling with mental health conditions like PTSD. Researchers from the College of Nursing (CON) are pivotal in developing personalized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, making it a truly patient-centered approach.

Dr. Hongyu Miao, a professor at the CON and Co-Director of the Brain Science & Symptom Management Center, is leading the charge in this innovative project. His team utilizes a non-invasive neuroimaging technique called functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to observe patients' brain activity and responses to TMS therapy. This crucial data allows for accurate and reliable evaluation of the treatment's effectiveness, paving the way for personalized dosing strategies.

“We are using data science and statistical learning approaches to identify the optimal TMS stimulation paradigm for each individual," explains Dr. Miao. "This personalized approach has the potential to significantly improve outcomes for patients suffering from mental health challenges."

This project exemplifies the power of interdisciplinary collaboration. Led by Dr. Andrew Kozel of the College of Medicine, it brings together the expertise of both colleges, pushing the boundaries of psychiatric care.

“This project is a powerful example of the synergy that can be achieved through interdisciplinary collaboration,” says FSU CON Associate Dean for Research Dr. Lisa Hightow-Wideman. “The partnership between our College of Medicine and College of Nursing brings together unique expertise and perspectives, creating a truly innovative approach to mental health treatment. We are excited to see how this collaboration continues to shape the future of psychiatric care.”

The potential impact of this research is far-reaching. Patients can expect more effective and personalized treatment options, potentially reducing treatment burden and improving their quality of life. Healthcare professionals could benefit from new technologies and protocols that streamline their work and enable them to provide even better care.

“The future of psychiatric care is bright,” concludes Dr. Miao. “Integrating nursing science with technologies like TMS and utilizing artificial intelligence, we can develop even more effective and personalized treatments for those who need them most.”

This research highlights the college's commitment to innovative solutions for mental health. The Brain Science & Symptom Management Center at the College of Nursing exemplifies this dedication, offering a non-pharmacological approach to pain care using

neuroimaging and transcranial direct/alternating current stimulation (tDCS/tACS). Their research focuses on combined therapies, including mindfulness meditation, to improve pain management in older adults. This collaborative spirit and focus on technology-driven solutions pave the way for advancements in various fields, ultimately improving patient care.

The FSU College of Nursing boasts several research centers and labs dedicated to advancing healthcare through innovative approaches. Learn more about these centers and their ongoing projects at https://nursing.fsu.edu/research.