Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)

rTMS is a promising, noninvasive form of brain stimulation that is increasingly sought after as a therapy for a variety of mental disorders. However, we still lack a truly mechanistic understanding of how rTMS induces plasticity in the brain and ultimately helps patients get better.

 The goal of the BEAM study is to uncover what exact changes are taking place at the neural level in patients receiving rTMS treatment for depression, and to use this knowledge to develop more pinpoint, personalized treatments for future patients. 

The BEAM study is the first of its kind, in that we are tracking changes in brain activity directly in the clinic with a real patient population. With this approach, we hope to yield results that will be truly meaningful and reflective, and that will help us make great strides in more efficiently, accurately, and successfully treating depression.

Stanford Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

401 Quarry Rd

Palo Alto, CA 94304
P: 650-725-5736 

VA Palo Alto Health Care System

3801 Miranda Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94304
P: 650-852-3355