Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre


Biomedical Research Unit Visual hallucinations: an EEG and non-invasive Stimulation study


The VEEG-Stim study aims to investigate visual hallucinations (VH) in Lewy body diseases (LBD), e.g. Parkinson’s disease with dementia (PDD) and Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). VH in LBD are a common feature with these distressing symptoms affecting up to 80% of patients. Similarly, in PD with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and in the eye disorder Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) VH are also common. Untreated, VH can markedly impair patient quality of life and increase caregiver distress. A number of possible explanations for VH have been proposed but no specific model has yet been proved definitive. Therefore it is not fully understand why and how VH occur. This study aims to determine which brain regions are involved in producing VH using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) combined with electroencephalography (EEG).

Staff Profiles: Dr J P Taylor, Professor Andy Blamire, Greg Elder and Ms Alison Killen

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