Deep Brain Stimulation Advancements in Clinical Medicine, Innovation in Cutting-Edge Technology

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Bilal Karim


Scientific innovation has been incredibly influential, leading to countless breakthroughs, especially in surgical technology. These discoveries have revolutionized access to quality patient care and adequate treatment. We have seen new creations and developments in Artificial Intelligence, leading to optimized support and management for triage, and efficient reviewing of electronic health records (EHR). However, a relatively new remedy called Deep Brain Stimulation has become more prominent in the treatment of several debilitating neurological symptoms. This procedure is most commonly used to treat diseases like Parkinsons, Essential Tremors, and Epilepsy (especially focal epilepsy which originates in the frontal, occipital, temporal, and parietal part of the brain). These diseases are characterized by tremors, rigidity, stiffness, and slowed movement (National Institute for Health, 2017). DBS is considered a plausible treatment option for movement disorders, and is generally performed when medications have become less effective and begin interfering with daily life activities (UI Hospitals).

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Bilal Karim, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Bilal is an undergraduate student currently studying Biomolecular Engineering on a pre-med track. He is currently involved with a few organizations on campus: IDEA Institute, Cancer Center at Illinois, and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. His interests align with tissue engineering, translational sciences, and the use of health technology. Additionally, he is pursuing a minor in Computer Science. Bilal is active in the research community and hopes to use more of machine learning and artificial intelligence to further automate human interaction. He loves to run, hang with friends, and listen to podcasts in his spare time. You can usually catch him on the quad going for a nice stroll.