Electrical stimulation of deep brain structures to ease chronic pain

Abuse of prescription opioid medicines used to treat chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions, so much that the White House has announced new efforts to combat addiction and prevent the thousands of overdose-related deaths reported in the U.S. each year. But a University of Texas at Arlington research team has been working on an alternative solution: electrical stimulation of a deep, middle brain structure that blocks pain signals at the spinal cord level without drug intervention.


Photo: Researcher Yuan Bo Peng; Copyright: UTA

Yuan Bo Peng is a UTA psychology professor and works on a custom-designed wireless device to ease chronic pain; © UTA