Closed-loop deep brain stimulation: the next generation of brain neuromodulation
Kelly D. Foote, M.D.
Donnellan/Einstein/Merz Professor of Functional Neurosurgery, University of Florida
Co-Director, Norman Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases at UF Health
Tuesday, March 20, 2020
Dr. Foote is one of few neurosurgeons with fellowship training in both movement disorders neurology (under Mahlon Delong and Jerrold Vitek at Emory University) and deep brain stimulation (under Alim-Louis Benabid in Grenoble, France). He is a materials science engineer (U of Utah) and a specialist in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery (U of Florida). His research in the fields of deep brain stimulation and stereotactic radiosurgery has produced over 185 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Foote’s current research focus is on optimization of DBS outcomes and novel applications of DBS technology. He and his team at the University of Florida are heavily invested in closed-loop neuromodulation and the neurophysiological characterization of functional brain circuitry. His NIH-sponsored research has included projects applying and optimizing DBS therapy for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, severe tremor secondary to multiple sclerosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette syndrome. He has participated in multiple industry sponsored trials of novel DBS hardware as well as a trial of DBS for the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia. Since he joined the UF neurosurgery faculty in 2002, Dr. Foote has performed nearly 2000 DBS lead implantation procedures and, perhaps most notably, he and his neurologist partner, Dr. Michael Okun, founded and co-direct the world-renowned Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases at the University of Florida.
Dr. Foote has won multiple teaching awards at the University of Florida and he was the recipient of the International Parkinson’s Community Service Award from the World Parkinson’s Program in 2015. He has served on the Executive Council of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and on scientific program committees for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the International Movement Disorders Society. He was honored for his academic impact with election to the American Academy of Neurological Surgery in 2012.