Introductory Workshop

The last NC NM4R Introductory Neuromodulation Workshop was held October 25 through 28, 2021. We will be sharing a video archive of the workshop on this website, so please join our mailing list to be notified when the archive is ready.

We expect to present the next Introductory workshop in the fall of 2022 in a hybrid format, and will keep our members updated via our mailing list.

Introductory Workshop Objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with foundational knowledge including background, theory, safety, and methodology of a range of brain stimulation and operant conditioning techniques integrated with medical rehabilitation principles. We will provide a combination of lectures and remote laboratory demonstrations/limited hands-on participation in addition to panel discussions with our faculty centered on key rehabilitation problems. 

Upon completion of this workshop you will:

  1. Understand neuromodulation for rehabilitation (NM4R) principles and develop a working knowledge of technologies and equipment utilized in NM4R.
  2. Understand techniques, clinical uses, and safety guidelines in order to apply these approaches to rehabilitation research experiments in human participants with and without pathology.
  3. Be prepared to participate in advanced training opportunities and workshops including mentored collaborative consultations and applications for pilot funding.
  4. Become familiar with other members of the NM4R Research Community and colleagues in your field of interest.
  5. Become oriented to other infrastructure resources available to you in NM4R research.
     

Training attendees in using transcranial magnetic stimulation during the introductory workshop.

 

Introductory Workshop Agenda–Past Agenda

Day 1: Monday, October 25, 2021 (All times Eastern)

9:30 a.m.
On-site registration, Zoom meeting room opens

10:00 to 10:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Steve Kautz, Ph.D.; Rick Segal, PT, Ph.D.; Mark George, M.D.

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Physics of Brain Stimulation
Mark George, M.D., Medical University of SC

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Brain Stimulation as a Probe: Evaluating Neurophysiology with TMS
Lisa McTeague, Ph.D., Medical University of SC

12:15 to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Neuroplasticity as the Cornerstone for NM4R
Pratik Chhatbar, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University

2:00 to 2:15 p.m.
Break    

2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Lab Demonstration: TMS/ERIK
Mark George, M.D., Medical University of SC

3:30 p.m.
Follow up, Q & A, surveys, adjourn

Day 2: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (All times Eastern)

9:30 a.m.
On-site registration, Zoom meeting room opens

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Contemporary TMS Motor Mapping
Dylan Edwards, Ph.D., Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Brain Stimulation as an Intervention
Mark George, M.D., Medical University of SC

12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m.
NM4R: What is Rehabilitation?
Mark Bowden, PT, Ph.D., Medical University of SC

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Translation of Neuromodulation
Mark Bowden, PT, Ph.D.; Michelle Woodbury, Ph.D., OTRL

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Break

3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lab Demonstration—Lower Extremity TMS, demo and practice using ERIK
Mark Bowden, PT, Ph.D., Medical University of SC

4:30 p.m.
Follow up, Q & A, surveys, adjourn


Day 3: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 (All times Eastern)

9:30 a.m.
On-site registration, Zoom meeting room opens

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Overview of Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Protocols
Michelle Woodbury, Ph.D., OTRL, Medical University of SC

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Pathophysiology of Common Chronic Neurologic Disorders Amenable to NM4R
Rick Segal, PT, Ph.D., Medical University of SC

12:00 noon to 12:45 p.m.
Lunch

12:45 to 2:15 p.m.
Activity-Dependent Plasticity 
Jon Wolpaw, M.D., National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies

2:15 to 2:30 p.m.
Break

2:30 to 3:15 p.m
Lab Demonstration: Functional Implications and Application of Operant Conditioning
Aiko Thompson, Ph.D., Medical University of SC

3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion with Workshop Faculty

4:15 p.m.
Follow up, Q & A, surveys, adjourn

Day 4: Thursday, October 28, 2021 (All times Eastern)

9:30 a.m.
On-site registration, Zoom meeting room opens

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Guiding Targeted Neuroplasticity
Aiko Thompson, Ph.D., Medical University of SC

11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Operant Conditioning Methods Overview
Aiko Thompson, Ph.D., Medical University of SC

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch

12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Lab Demonstration: Hands-on Spinal Reflex Testing and Operant Conditioning

1:45 to 2:00 p.m.
Break

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Emerging Topics in NM4R:

Transcutaneous Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (taVNS)
Mark George, M.D., Medical University of SC

Introduction to Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS)
Kirstin Heise, Ph.D., Medical University of SC

TMS Motor Mapping
George Wittenberg, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Closing Panel—What's next? Barriers, resources, etc.

4:00 p.m.
Workshop wraps, final surveys and feedback