John Robison Discusses TMS Therapy for Autism and Asperger's
Posted Feb 19 2010 12:00am
Managing Editor's Note: John Robison wrote Look Me In The Eye, about his life with undiagnosed Asperger's ( he was diagnosed at 40.) I consider him a good friend and am thrilled to share his report on this exciting prospective treatment for our kids. There's much more to read about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at John's blog HERE.
Last night I attended Brain Health / Body Wealth at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alvaro Pascual Leone told a rapt audience about new discoveries in brain plasticity and what it may mean to us, especially as we age. Then Dr. Dan Press talked about practical neurology, and what’s on the immediate horizon for conditions like Alzheimer’s.
After they spoke Paul Levy came to the podium. He’s the head of the Beth Israel hospital, and he spoke of the need for more funding to support the cutting edge research that doctors like Alvaro and Dan are pursuing. To my surprise, the event finished with this video of me www.youtube.com/johnelderrobison.
I knew they were going to show it, but I’d never seen the thing projected on a big screen and I almost felt embarrassed being up there like that. But I believe in all I said, and I believe most of all in the promise of the work Alvaro and his team is doing at Beth Israel neuroscience.
There’s a lot of talk about genetics in the autism world. And genetic research may lead to discoveries that help my grandchildren. However, genetics study is not likely to help you, me, or our kids, friends and family. Research like Alvaro’s – using TMS to remediate disability in people like me – has tremendous promise for all of us, in the very near future.