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The Use of rTMS in the Treatment of the Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Professor Paul Fitzgerald

Schizophrenia is a disorder which is poorly understood and for which we have only partially effective treatments. Although transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) techniques are best known for their use in the treatment of depression, a significant body of research has developed around the use of TMS to study schizophrenia and potentially modulate the symptoms of this disorder. Randomised sham controlled trials of TMS have been conducted in the treatment of both refractory auditory hallucinations and negative symptoms in patients with schizophrenia.  

12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
13-14 May 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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Professor Paul Fitzgerald

Professor Paul Fitzgerald is Deputy Director of MAPrc, Professor of Psychiatry, and Consultant Psychiatrist at Alfred Psychiatry. He is a qualified psychiatrist, has a Masters of Psychological Medicine and research PhD.

Professor Fitzgerald runs a substantive research program utilising brain stimulation and neuroimaging techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation, functional and structural MRI, EEG and near infrared spectroscopy. The program has focussed on the conduct of investigative studies of brain function/dysfunction in disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, substance abuse and autism. In addition, he conducts clinical trials of novel brain stimulation techniques in these disorders. He has conducted a number of large scale trials of transcranial magnetic stimulation and is also involved in trials of transcranial direct current stimulation, deep brain stimulation and magnetic seizure therapy.

Professor Fitzgerald has published over 170 papers in a range of peer reviewed journals. He has received project grant funding from the NHMRC, ARC as well as a number of US based and local funding organisations. He is supported by a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship award.

Professor Fitzgerald was an elected board Member of the International Society for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (ISTS) and was an invited member of the World Federation of Biological Psychiatry Taskforce on Brain Stimulation (2006-2009). He is Psychiatric deputy editor for the journal ‘Brain Stimulation’ and is on the Editorial Boards of ‘Psychiatry Research’ and the ‘Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry’. He was awarded a National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Young Investigator Award in 2003 and 2005 and the Australian Society for Psychiatric Research, Organon Award in 2003.

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