Name of Fellow

    Joutsa Juho



    Academy of Finland

    Contact information of fellow



    Title of project/programme

    Noninvasive stimulation of the brain dopamine system: A study combining neuromodulation to multimodal neuroimaging

    Source of funding information

    Academy of Finland

    Total sum awarded (Euro)

    € 273,935

    Start date of award


    Total duration of award in years


    The project/programme is most relevant to:

    Neurodegenerative disease in general


    dopamine | positron emission tomography | transcranial magnetic stimulation | magnetic resonance imaging | parkinson's disease | neurology | psychiatry

    Research Abstract

    The overall goal of this project is to identify potential new treatment strategies for dopamine-dependent brain disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and addictions. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a method that can be used to activate or inhibit neuronal networks in the brain. However, to date, it is not known if TMS could be used to accurately modify brain dopamine function in cognitive brain networks. In this study, state-of-the-art brain imaging methods are applied to identify specific brain networks, which are activated using TMS in order to increase brain dopamine function. The method is first validated at Harvard University and then applied to Parkinson’s disease patients at University of Turku. Possibility to modulate specific dopaminergic networks noninvasively would have major implications in cognitive neuroscience, opening new avenues for treatment of Parkinson’s disease and many other neuropsychiatric disorders related to abnormal dopamine neurotransmission.

Types: Fellowships
Member States: Finland
Diseases: Neurodegenerative disease in general
Years: 2016
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