TED, a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”, brings the world’s most captivating speakers to the masses through short, prepared talks covering today’s cutting edge technology, entertainment, and design topics. The TED conference recently visited Charlottesville, VA, where IETF Medical Advisory Board member, Dr. W. Jeffrey Elias, discussed his work on the Focused Ultrasound research study for essential tremor.
As Director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Virginia,Dr. Elias has led a number of research investigations. In 2011, his team became the first in the world to successfully treat a person with disabling [essential] tremor using focused ultrasound that was guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This procedure and subsequent clinical trials have resulted in an outpouring around the globe of investigations using ultrasound interventions to treat disorders of the brain. ¹
In his presentation, Dr. Elias shared his study results along with a message of the importance of research to further scientific advances.
Watch the taped presentation. Dr. Elias is the second to the last speaker (click on the timeline at approximately 08:30.00 to get right to his section).
¹[Unattributed] TEDx, http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/8358. Nov.15, 2013.