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Magnus Thordstein

Adjunct Associate Professor

Our goal is to increase the understanding of imbalances of the nervous system (e.g. epilepsy and pain) and also, to develop neuromodulatory therapies such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and direct current stimulation (tDCS).


The basis for the functioning of the central nervous system is its ability to, through electrochemical communication, speedily and constantly create and break communication between its different parts.

This makes possible the generation of different degrees of integration and segregation which is a prerequisite for the complex interplay that is the basis for our so-called higher capabilities; consciousness, memory, associations etc.

To accomplish this, a well-controlled balance is needed between activation and inhibition. When an imbalance occurs, symptoms are generated such as epilepsy in overactivation, depression in underactivation. Using neuromodulatory techniques, such imbalances can be counteracted and symptoms relieved; e.g. fewer and weaker epileptic attacks, ameliorated depressive symptoms. At present, we’re utilizing repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transspinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) in patients with epilepsy and pain respectively. In these studies, we’re collaborating with investigators from other specialities such as neurosurgery, neurology and algology.



Lisa Radman, Andrew Wold, Kerstin Norman, Håkan Olausson, Magnus Thordstein (2023) Hand Function After an Electrical Accident-A Case-Control Study Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 65, p. 242-248 Continue to DOI
Mats Svantesson, Håkan Olausson, Anders Eklund, Magnus Thordstein (2023) Get a New Perspective on EEG: Convolutional Neural Network Encoders for Parametric t-SNE Brain Sciences, Vol. 13, Article 453 Continue to DOI
Hedayat Rahin, Walker Jackson, Magnus Thordstein (2023) Effect of Transcutaneous Spinal Direct Current Stimulation in Patients with Painful Polyneuropathy and Influence of Possible Predictors of Efficacy including BDNF Polymorphism: A Randomized, Sham-Controlled Crossover Study Brain Sciences, Vol. 13, Article 229 Continue to DOI


Andrew Wold, Rebecca Böhme, Magnus Thordstein (2022) Just Breathe: Improving LEP Outcomes through Long Interval Breathing Clinical and Translational Neuroscience, Vol. 6, Article 13 Continue to DOI
Andrew Wold, Lisa Rådman, Kerstin Norman, Håkan Olausson, Magnus Thordstein (2022) Clinical Evaluation of Nerve Function in Electrical Accident Survivors with Persisting Neurosensory Symptoms Brain Sciences, Vol. 12, Article 1301 Continue to DOI


Erika Nyman, Torbjörn Nyman, Carin Rubensson, Magnus Thordstein (2021) Neuroplasticity following Nerve Transfer of the Anterior Interosseous Nerve for Proximal Ulnar Nerve Injuries Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open, Vol. 9, Article e3684 Continue to DOI
Mats Svantesson, Håkan Olausson, Anders Eklund, Magnus Thordstein (2021) Virtual EEG-electrodes: Convolutional neural networks as a method for upsampling or restoring channels Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Article 109126 Continue to DOI
Carl Wahlgren, Richard Levi, Oumie Thorell, Salvador Amezcua, Magnus Thordstein (2021) Prevalence of discomplete sensorimotor spinal cord injury as evidenced by neurophysiological methods: A cross-sectional study Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol. 53, Article jrm00156 Continue to DOI


Magnus Thordstein, Mats Svantesson, Hedayat Rahin (2020) Effect of transspinal direct current stimulation on afferent pain signalling in humans Journal of clinical neuroscience, Vol. 77, p. 163-167 Continue to DOI
Ann-Charlotte Andreasson, Gudmundur V Sigurdsson, Goran Pegenius, Magnus Thordstein, Tove Hallbook (2020) Cortical excitability measured with transcranial magnetic stimulation in children with epilepsy before and after antiepileptic drugs Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, Vol. 62, p. 793-798 Continue to DOI


Gunilla Rejno-Habte Selassie, Goran Pegenius, Gerd Viggedal, Tove Hallbook, Magnus Thordstein (2018) Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation for preoperative cortical mapping of expressive language in children: Development of a method Epilepsy & Behavior, Vol. 87, p. 180-187 Continue to DOI
Sofia Backman, Ingmar Rosen, Mats Blennow, Thomas Andersson, Marita Englund, Roland Flink, Boubou Hallberg, Lars-Johan Liedholm, Elisabeth Norman, Alexandra Sailer, Magnus Thordstein (2018) Swedish consensus reached on recording, interpretation and reporting of neonatal continuous simplified electroencephalography that is supported by amplitude-integrated trend analysis Acta Paediatrica, Vol. 107, p. 1702-1709 Continue to DOI