8 am–5 pm Thursday, January 11

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Brain Neuromodulation

Spanning a range of neuropsychiatric indications, this workshop includes theoretical and hands-on practical training on the use of noninvasive neuromodulation. Techniques covered including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), and transcutaneous Spinal Direct Cord Stimulation (tsDCS). Lectures will address mechanisms of noninvasive brain stimulation techniques, common applications, and how noninvasive approach and invasive brain stimulation are complementary in the continuum of patient care and clinical research. The workshop also will cover emerging applications of wearables in medicine.

Target Audience

Provides a broad introduction to types of brain technology and emerging applications relevant to physicians at all levels, scientists, clinical trials regulatory specialists, and engineers.

1:30–3 pm Friday, January 12

NIC: Frontiers in Neuroscience Enabled by Invasive Devices

The field of human Brain Machine Interface (BMI) research and development has focused on neuroprosthetics applications aimed at restoring damaged hearing, sight, and movement. Recent approaches incorporate sensory feedback to close the BMI loop. Emerging frontiers in innovation and research in human BMI will be discussed and debated.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss and debate the limitations of achievable actions (e.g., fast maneuvers in motor control) and restoration in human BMI.
  • Explain how new technologies (electrodes and prosthetics) in BMI may warrant revisiting efficacy.
  • Describe status and challenges of closed-loop BMI via electrical stimulation of nerves or brain.
10:30 am–Noon Friday, January 12

Plenary Session II: Next Generation Neuroscience

We will discuss how understanding of brain health, scientific advances, and wearables may improve neuromodulation as we know it. This plenary session provides an in-depth look at the newest neuromodulation technologies.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how scientific advances will shape neuromodulation devices of the future.
  • Examine the potential impact of wearables in neuromodulation.
  • Illustrate how optimization of baseline brain functions may improve opportunity to use neuromodulatory devices.
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