Human & Animal Health

Deep Brain Stimulation Tested as Treatment for Cognitive Changes in Parkinson's

By Karen Finney, UC Davis

Surgeons at UC Davis Health System are testing an innovative method of limiting cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease. 

The treatment — deep brain stimulation, or DBS — involves delivering low levels of electrical stimulation to a part of the brain that controls the abilities to think, plan and remember. Kia Shahlaie, assistant professor of neurological surgery, is principal investigator of the study.