Irving Reti, MBBS, MD

Irving Reti, MBBS, MD

Irving Reti, MBBS is a research psychiatrist at The Johns Hopkins University. Dr Reti heralds from Sydney, Australia where he completed medical school at the University of Sydney before coming to Johns Hopkins for psychiatry residency. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroscience, he established his own laboratory which is focused on the field of brain stimulation. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and is Director of The Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

He founded The Brain Stimulation Program at Johns Hopkins in 2008 which has an active preclinical and clinical research program as well as offering specialty consultation and treatment with brain stimulation treatment modalities including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Clinical research focuses on TMS and its application in diverse populations including patients with traumatic brain injury. 

Dr Reti also directs a laboratory investigating aspects of synaptic plasticity related to brain stimulation and motivated behavior. He is interested in learning more about how ECT works and is conducting studies implicating the immediate early gene Narp in mediating the antidepressant behavioral effects of electroconvulsive seizures in mice. 

His other major focus is developing alternate treatments to maintenance ECT, such as deep brain stimulation, for autistic patients he has treated with severe self-injury who remain dependent on ECT to suppress this behavior.

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Brain Stimulation for Psychiatric Illness: ECT and TMS Video

Brain Stimulation for Psychiatric Illness: ECT and TMS

Dr. Irving Reti, explains the treatment modalities available – electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation - the characteristics of each, how to minimize side-effects and manage a patient’s medication.