3rd International Brain Stimulation Conference

Conference Co-Chair

Mark S. George, Editor‐in‐Chief, Brain Stimulation and Medical University of South Carolina, USA

Mark S. GeorgeIn  1995 Dr. George, a South Carolina native, returned to Charleston and built a  campus-wide research brain imaging division and the brain stimulation  laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry. As an undergraduate student in philosophy at Davidson College, Dr. George began studying the relationship  between mind and brain, or brain/behavior relationships. He has continued this interest throughout his  career with a focus on using brain imaging and brain stimulation to understand  depression and   devise new treatments. He received his medical degree from MUSC in   1985, where he continued with dual residencies in both neurology and    psychiatry. He is board certified in both areas.

Following  his residency training he worked for   one year (1990-91) at the Institute of  Neurology, Queen Square, London, England. He then moved to Washington, DC,  working in the Intramural National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  He was one of the first to use functional brain  imaging during normal emotions as well as in depression and mania. He has grown  the science of brain stimulation, both in terms of how the treatments work in  the brain, and in critically evaluating their therapeutic applications,  especially in treating depression. He may be unique in being the only living neuroscientist with 2 FDA approved treatments that stem from their work. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was FDA approved for treating    depression in October, 2008. In June 1998 at MUSC, he also pioneered   another  new treatment for resistant depression, vagus nerve stimulation   (VNS). This was  FDA approved in 2006.

He is  a world expert in brain stimulation, and depression, and is the editor-in-chief  of a new journal he launched with Elsevier in 2008 called, Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translation and Clinical Research in  Neuromodulation. He has been continuously funded by NIH and other funding  agencies since his fellowships. He has received numerous national and international awards. In 2009 US News and  World Report named him one of 14 ‘medical pioneers who are not holding  back’. He has published over 400 scientific articles or book chapters, and has written or edited 6 books.