Novel tailored network-based rTMS treatments in Alzheimer’s disease: an integrated multi-imaging approach

Project funded by Italian Ministry of Health, Young Researcher Grant – Ricerca Finalizzata 2016 (GR-2016-02364718).

Severe alterations of brain networks connectivity have been described in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) has gained evidence as an effective tool to modulate brain networks connectivity, leading to a recovery or reorganization of both local and remote brain regions functionally connected to the stimulated area. We propose an innovative tailored network-based rTMS treatment to ameliorate cognitive symptoms in mild AD, through the boosting of connectivity within brain networks affected by AD pathophysiology. The combination of the proposed intervention with an integrated multi-modal imaging approach will allow to evaluate the neural mechanisms underlying the clinical response to the treatment and to define quantitative markers of clinical impact on AD. If successful, the present proposal would immediately impact on patient’s quality of life, with important implications for the time and costs of delivery of rehabilitative services.