In response to unprecedented demand,
the UCLA Depression Research and Clinic Program is pleased to announce that
we have doubled our capacity to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ("TMS") treatment, a
neuromodulation treatment for depression. With neuromodulation treatments, clinical benefits come from
influencing brain activity by using magnetic or electric fields rather than pharmaceutical medications.
This complementary approach to treatment offers new hope to many people who have
not been able to return to wellness despite best efforts with other interventions.
In late 2008, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy® System was the first TMS device to be approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of depression. The system has been
judged to be safe and effective in the treatment of major depression in adults who have
not experienced a satisfactory improvement with prior antidepressant medication. Both US and
international organizations now include TMS as an evidence-based intervention in their
Since March 2009, we have been able to offer this treatment at UCLA's Semel Institute for
Neuroscience and Human Behavior in Westwood, with the support of a generous
gift from The Friends of the Semel Institute.
More recently, a generous anonymous supporter worked with the Friends to make it possible for us to
purchase a second NeuroStar TMS system and launch our expanded service in March, 2014.
This allows us to provide care for more patients
and to undertake innovative clinical research projects. In tandem, we have worked with the
Friends to garner support for the UCLA Neuromodulation Scholars Training Program; this
allows us to train other physicians in the theory and practice of neuromodulation approaches,
and expand the cadre of practitioners and researchers who are experienced with neuromodulation.
This website provides information about TMS and treatment of depression with TMS.
If you would like to be evaluated for treatment with TMS at UCLA, we are
now scheduling patients for expert consultation visits. Your current treating physician
should fill out this referral form
and fax it to our offices. Please also complete
record release form and give this to your physician so that he or she can provide
information on your past treatments to us for this evaluation. You should be aware
that TMS treatment is covered under some health insurance plans at this time, but not all,
so patients sometimes must self-pay for these services.