2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant and 2019 Student Mentor

Home Department: Biology
Supported in 2017 by: Anonymous Donor
2017 Mentor: Anthony Norcia, Psychology
2019 Mentor: Thomas Anderson, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine

Photo of USRP student Jorge Delgado in the laboratory, having put a piece of monitoring headgear on Dr. Anthony Norcia.2017 Research Project: Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (TACS) may offer a novel approach to treating amblyopia, or lazy eye, through activation of mechanisms in the brain that underlie its ability to change. Jorge’s project will examine the extent to which electrical stimulation of specific visual responses offers a potential treatment for lazy eye by first showing whether TACS can modulate visual responses in adults with normal vision.

2019 Research Project: Focused ultrasound (FUS) neuromodulation has the potential to safely and non-pharmacologically decrease acute pain and the degree of and risk for the development of chronic postoperative pain. The specific aim of Jorge’s project is to optimize focused ultrasound parameters for persistent and reversible blockade of all nerve fibers in an ex vivo rat sciatic nerve model.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2017:

Modulating Visual Sensitivity with Transcranial Electrical Stimulation

Jorge Delgado1, Guillaume Riesen1, Molly Lucas2, Anthony Norcia1
[Departments of Psychology1 and Neuroscience2, Stanford University]