We are starting next week a weekly journal club. The meetings will be
held every Friday at 10am in the conference room on 5th floor,
Steinman Hall. You can find the calendar on the right side of this page.
Next week (Friday 01/20/2012) Joao will lead the discussion on this paper:

Nieuwenhuis S, Forstmann BU, Wagenmakers EJ., Erroneous analyses of inter-
actions in neuroscience: a problem of significance., Nat Neurosci. 2011 Aug

Prof. Marom Bikson speak at SUNY Downstate Medical on HD-tDCS  Dec 14, 2011 noon

“Deployable and targeted neuromodulation with High-Definition transcranial Direct Current Stimulation.”

“Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) over the last decade has emerged as a promising non-invasive therapy for producing lasting functional changes in CNS. It is low cost, uses weak currents, easy to use, and can be combined with either cognitive training or rehabilitative therapy. However, conventional approaches using two large-pads stimulate broad regions of the cortex with limited spatial precision. We developed a novel platform: High-Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (HD-tDCS) which uses an array of multiple small scalp electrodes allowing focal and targeted neuromodulation. To determine optimal stimulation array configurations based on application specific constraints (surface/depth focality), a user targeting software was developed.  Specialized scalp electrodes/adapters and head-gear was engineered to allow painless delivery of current to targeted regions, under a wide range of deployed environments. Multicenter Phase -1 trials have established safety/ tolerability.  HD-tDCS leads to focal activation of the cortex similar to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) but is better tolerated. Clinical trials for accelerated learning, chronic pain (fibromyalgia), migraine, and stroke rehabilitation are currently ongoing. HD-tDCS thus allows non-invasive, safe, individualized, targeted and thus more effective modulation of selected cortical and deep brain structures.”

This upcoming Monday Nov 28th at 6-7 PM in Steinman T-401 (BME Conference Room) there will be a special Neural Engineering group talk (combined with the Neural Engineering class)

Angel Peterchev, PhD

Assistant Professor; Director, Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Duke University

Dr. Peterchev will speak on “Introduction to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation technology.”