The neurodegenerative syndrome amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is characterised by increased cortical excitability, thought to reflect pathological changes in the balance of local excitatory and inhibitory neuronal influences. Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) has been shown to modulate cortical activity, with some protocols showing effects that outlast the stimulation by months. NIBS has been suggested as a potential therapeutic approach for disorders associated with changes in cortical neurophysiology, including ALS. This article reviews NIBS methodology, rationale for its application to ALS and progress to date.
- motor neuron disease
- electrical stimulation
- magnetic stimulation
- neurophysiology, expt
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Contributors Study concept and design: ECE, CJS, MRT. Data acquisition and analysis: ECE, MRT. Drafting and critical review of the manuscript: ECE, CJS, MRT. All three authors approved the version published and are accountable for all aspects of the work.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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