Advanced Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS) Conference

Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS) to be offered in Charleston on March 12 and 13, 2020

Apply to attend!

All applicants must be members of the NC NM4R Community.

This conference is free of charge to all accepted applicants. Due to our funding by United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development under award number P2CHD086844, we must restrict admission to those applicants who are affiliated with US-based institutions and who are eligible to receive NIH funding.

Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) may be administered via a novel, emerging neuromodulatory technique known as transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS). Unlike cervically-implanted VNS, taVNS is an inexpensive and non-surgical alternative to modulate the vagus nerve. taVNS delivers electrical stimulation to the auricular branch of the vagus nerve (ABVN), an easily accessible target that innervates the human ear and is appealing as it allows for rapid translation of basic VNS research. Interest in taVNS has grown over the past decade with many promising neuropsychiatric disease applications such as stroke and depression, as well as enhancing neuroplasticity and reducing inflammation. This safe, inexpensive, and portable neurostimulation modality has major implications in the future treatment of central and peripheral disease. This 2-day conference, organized by recognized taVNS expert Dr. Bashar Badran, is designed to provide lectures by international taVNS experts and hands-on opportunities to learn and practice the fundamentals of noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation.

Due to demand, we are increasing the enrollment of this event and planning to offer it online via teleconference!

Please join our community to be notified of further updates as we plan this conference.

Attendees will have the opportunity to make a poster presentation.  The best four poster abstracts submitted will be invited to make a five-slide, ten-minute presentation during Friday's lunch session.

taVNS Conference Agenda

Agenda subject to change

Time

Title

Presenter(s)

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Registration

College of Health Professions, A Building, 151-A Rutledge Avenue, Room A105

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Welcome to Conference for VNS & taVNS

Room A105

Bashar Badran, Rick Segal, Steve Kautz, Mark George

9:30 am to 10:30 am

Overview of Animal VNS + Parkinson's Disease

Room A105

Heather Boger, Ph.D.

10:30 am to 10:45am

Break

 

10:45am to 11:45am

Noninvasive VNS for Mild to Moderate Parkinson's Disease

Room A105

Vanessa Hinson, M.D.

11:45 am to 1:00pm

Networking Lunch–provided

CHP A101, A102, Atrium

Poster Presentations

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Enhancing Rehabilitation after Stroke with Paired VNS

Room A105

Seth Hays, Ph.D.

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Motor-Paired taVNS for Neonatal Brain Injury

Room A105

Dorothea Jenkins, M.D.

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Hands-on

Room A105

Bashar Badran, Andrew Fortune, Sean Thompson

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Networking Social

CHP Atrium

 

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Speakers' Dinner (by invitation only)

R. Kitchen, 212 Rutledge Ave

 

 

Friday, March 13th, 2020

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Announcements

College of Health Professions, A Building, 151-A Rutledge Avenue, Room A105

9:30 am to 10:30 am

Clinical Overview of VNS + VNS/fMRI

Room A105

Mark George, MD

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Break

 

10:45 am to 11:45 am

Optimization of taVNS + taVNS/fMRI

Room A105

Bashar Badran, Ph.D.

11:45 am to noon

Break

 

Noon to 1:00 pm

Lunch–provided
4 chosen poster presentations (data blitz)

Room A105

 

1:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Break


 

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Modelling of Brain and Cranial Nerve Activation

Room A105

Marom Bikson, Ph.D.

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Respiratory Gated Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation

Room A105

Vitaly Napadow, Ph.D.

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Break (Walk over to MRI Lab)

 

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Hands-on (optional, for those who sign up)

MRI Lab, 30 Bee Street, 2 groups of ≈12

Bashar Badran, Andrew Fortune, Sean Thompson

5:00 pm

Concluding Remarks

Bashar Badran

 

Apply to attend!

All applicants must be members of the NC NM4R Community.

This conference is free of charge to all accepted applicants. Due to our funding by United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development under award number P2CHD086844, we must restrict admission to those applicants who are affiliated with US-based institutions and who are eligible to receive NIH funding.

The National Center for Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (NC NM4R) is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under award number P2CHD086844. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.