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! In-person attendance is cancelled, but registration for attendance via the Zoom videoconferencing system is still available.

All applicants must be members of the NC NM4R Community.

taVNS Symposium Moving to Online-Only Format (In-Person Cancelled)

Over the past several weeks, we have seen a growth in the spread of COVID-19. The confirmed number of US domestic cases has grown, and over the weekend we were informed of a growing number of cases in South Carolina and the Charleston-surrounding area.

The NM4R taVNS Conference planning committee have been closely monitoring this situation and have made the decision to cancel the in-person portion of the planned taVNS Symposium this Thursday and Friday and moving it to an online format. This decision is being made to minimize non-essential group activities and minimize all non-essential travel for the safety of conference attendees, MUSC faculty and students, and the greater MUSC community.

Although the in-person portion is cancelled, the meeting will still occur this Thursday and Friday.

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.

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 is subject to change. 

College of Health Professions, Building A
Medical University of South Carolina
151-A Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC

Thursday, March 12, 2020

8:45 am

Zoom room opens
Please log on at this time
https://musc.zoom.us/j/761496097

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Welcome to Conference for VNS & taVNS
Presenters: Bashar Badran, Rick Segal

9:30 am to 10:15 am

Overview of Animal VNS + Parkinson's Disease
Presenter: Heather Boger, Ph.D.

10:15 am to 10:30 am

Time for questions from the Zoom chat

10:30 am to 10:45 am

Break

10:45 am to 11:30 am

Noninvasive VNS for Mild to Moderate Parkinson's Disease
Presenter: Vanessa Hinson, M.D.

11:30 am to 11:45 am

Time for questions from the Zoom chat

11:45 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch break – on your own

12:30 pm to 1:15 pm

Enhancing Rehabilitation After Stroke with Paired VNS
Presenter: Seth Hayes, Ph.D.

1:15 pm to 1:30 pm

Time for questions from the Zoom chat

1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Motor-Paired taVNS for Neonatal Brain Injury
Presenter: Dorothea Jenkins, M.D.

2:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Time for questions from the Zoom chat

2:30 pm

End of day

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Announcements
Presenter: Bashar Badran, Ph.D.

9:30 am to 10:15 am

Clinical Overview of VNS + VNS/fMRI
Presenter: Mark George, M.D.

10:15 am to 10:30 am

Time for questions from the Zoom chat

10:30 am to 11:15 am

Optimization of taVNS + taVNS/fMRI
Presenter: Bashar Badran, Ph.D.

11:15 am to 11:30 am

Time for questions from the Zoom chat

11:30 am to noon

Break

Noon to 1:00 pm

Data Blitz

12 noon
Sean Thompson (Medical Student) – Motor-Activated Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (MAAVNS)

12:30 pm
Hunter Moss (PhD Student) – Neonatal Diffusion Imaging

12:45 pm
Georgia O’Leary (
Research Staff) – tAN for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

1:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Break

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Modeling of Brain & Cranial Nerve Activation
Presenter: Marom Bikson, Ph.D.

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Respiratory Gated Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation
Presenter: Vitaly Napadow, Ph.D.

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Break

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Concluding Remarks and Open Forum with Speakers
Presenter: Bashar Badran

 

Apply to attend!  In-person attendance is closed, but registration for attendance via the Zoom videoconferencing system is still available.

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.