Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS)

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 workshop 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 the workshops 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 workshop, 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.

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Apply to attend!

All applicants must be members of the NC NM4R Community.

This workshop 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 the workshops 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.