The Healthy Living Supper Club meeting on 5 May 1999 featured an audio-visual presentation by Dr Vincent Walsh of the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a novel technique for studying brain damage in healthy human volunteers.
Dr Walsh's research is funded by The Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research which spends over £250,000 each year in its work to develop and promote alternatives to animal experiments in medical research. TMS is a safe, non-invasive method of temporarily disrupting a tiny area of the brain for a few thousandths of a second using a magnetic pulse. Dr Walsh's team will use TMS to study areas of the human brain involved in attention, perception and response, and demonstrate that the technique can replace severe brain-damaging experiments on primates with safe studies using human volunteers.
To find out more about the work of the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research (registered charity number 261096) please write to them at 84A Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Herts SG5 2DY, or telephone 01462 436819.