Elena Gomis Vicent is a PhD Student at the University of East London. Her project is focused on the use of non-invasive brain stimulation for treating problem gambling. Previously she worked investigating the molecular regulation of neurodevelopmental disorders at the Institute of Physiology at The Czech Academy of Sciences. Elena holds a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Biology, completed with an internship at the Clinical Analysis Laboratory at the Oncology Institute of Valencia, followed by an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Valencia.
Gambling participation has been increasing over the last years, as well as the demand for treatment from people with severe gambling problems. The current method of treatment available consists of weekly sessions of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Elena is investigating whether neuromodulation of cognitive processes with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can promote inhibition control and decrease impulsivity with the aim to reduce risk-taking behaviour, and therefore help to improve the treatment outcomes for problem gambling.