May 27 - Psych Grand Rounds

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds 2021-2022

Originally recorded on May 27, 2022 

Christopher Austelle, MD, Psychiatry Resident, MUSC

Modulation of Autonomic and Stress Response using Noninvasive Brain Stimulation

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Join us as we host Christopher Austelle, M.D., Psychiatry Resident with MUSC as he presents on Modulation of Autonomic and Stress Response using Noninvasive Brain Stimulation. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the evolutions and clinical utility of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). Through a historical lens, the lecture will describe the development of modern VNS and give attendees a perspective on the future of the field. Dr. Austelle will also present the preliminary findings of his research investigating the effects of transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS) on stress and anxiety. Christopher Austelle, M.D. is a rising Chief Resident in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He is completing his first year as a Fellow in the Diversity in Addiction Research Training (DART) Program, where he has been working under the mentorship of Mark George, M.D., Bashar Bad ran, Ph.D., Baron Short, M.D., M.S.C.R., and Tom Uhde, M.D. His research interests center around the development of novel brain stimulation modalities for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. During his time in the DART program, his research has focused on the development of transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS) for stress and anxiety.

At the completion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify the FDA approved clinical indications for Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
2. Recognize the current understanding of the potential mechanisms of action of VNS in depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
3. Understand the premise and application of a novel, noninvasive form of VNS, called transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS).

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