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- 18 November 2020

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in Bologna

Discover the services offered by our Neuroscience Point opened at the beautiful Villa Baruzziana facility: consultations and supervision by Dr. Stefano Pallanti and Neuromodulation Therapies.

The Center

Within the magnificent building complex of Villa Baruzziana, an ancient villa once owned by the famous sculptor Cincinnato Baruzzi which looks out from the hills directly over the city of Bologna, takes place the activities of the health facility founded by Dr. Vincenzo Neri, dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of cognitive disorders.

Since 2020, a new Neuroscience Point has been opened at Villa Baruzziana. Thanks to this new facility, Dr. Stefano Pallanti guarantees consultations and supervision (also via Skype), providing Neuromodulation Therapies services to patients who come to such structure.

Dr. Stefano Pallanti's Istituto di Neuroscienze is a world pioneer in the field of Neuromodulation Therapies. In fact, since 2005 Dr. Pallanti and his Team's members have been regularly and successfully using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS) for the treatment of several forms of psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Neuromodulation Therapy is:

  • Safe and noninvasive;

  • Alternative or complementary to medication;

  • A set of safe and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic techniques;

  • Absolutely painless and free of notable side effects.

Therapeutic areas of Neuromodulation Therapies*.

Types of patients

― Patients with Post-COVID Disorders;

― Drug-Resistant patients;

― Patients who cannot take medications;

― Patients with metabolic disorders;

― ECT candidates or ECT resistant patients;

― Patients with sports injuries;

― Improvement of sports performance.

In Psychiatry

― Depression;

― Mood Disorders and Bipolar Disorders;

― Autism;

― Psychosis;

― Negative symptoms of schizophrenia;

― Auditory hallucinations;

― Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD);

― Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania;

― Behavioral addictions (Gambling, Internet, Pornography);

― Substance Use Disorders (Cocaine, Alcohol, THC);

― Psychiatric Disorders in Pregnancy;

― Postpartum Depression;

― Psychiatric Disorders during assisted fertilizations;

― Insomnia;
― Diabetes.

In Neurology

― Cognitive rehabilitation;

― Post-stroke or head trauma rehabilitation;

― Post-stroke swallowing disorders;

― Pain, including headaches and fibromyalgia;

― Parkinson's Disease;

― Tinnitus.

Weight and Eating Disorders

― Carbohydrate Craving;
― Obesity and Binge Eating;
― Eating Disorders.

* For many of the areas mentioned above, Neuromodulation Therapies are administered as scientifically validated "Off-Label" treatments.

How does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation work?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is based on the principle of electromagnetic induction, which makes it possible to stimulate or inhibit the neuronal activity of specific brain areas, thereby succeeding in restoring the proper functioning of brain cells that are impaired by the disorder's presence. More specifically, starting with an electrical stimulus passing through the machine's coil, a magnetic pulse is generated that can painlessly penetrate the treated person's skull and reach the cerebral cortex, inducing a stimulatory current capable of modulating the activity of neuron cells.

Depending on the chosen parameters for stimulation, the effect on the brain can be of two types:

  1. Activation - induction/increase in the electrical activity of an otherwise inactive or hypoactive area;

  2. Inhibition - reduction of the ongoing electrical activity in a given hyperactive area.

Several laboratory studies suggest that the modulation action of neuronal activity achieved by TMS is accomplished through enhancement and potentiation of Brain Derived Neurotrofic Factor (BDNF; an important factor involved in neuronal cell plasticity) activity through an action on its TrkB receptors, thus suggesting that the benefits obtained through this neuromodulation technique can be attributed to an improvement in brain plasticity.

Contact details

➜ Centro di Neurologia Psichiatria e Psicologia Clinica SrlVia Alfonso Lamarmora, 24 - 50121 Firenze (Italy)

Phone: +39 055 587889Mail: info@istitutodineuroscienze.it

➜ Villa BaruzzianaVia Dell’ Osservanza, 19 - 40136 Bologna (Italy)

Phone: +39 051 338411Mail: neurologia@villabaruzziana.it

Click here to find out how to reach Villa Baruzziana.

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