Introductory Workshop

The most recent Introductory Workshop was held November 16 through 19, 2020, online via the Zoom platform.  We expect to offer this workshop again in the fall season of 2021.

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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. As COVID-19 demands that we deliver this workshop entirely virtually, we offer a combination of lectures and remote laboratory demonstrations 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–Previous Workshop Agenda

The agenda for our previous intro workshop is below for your reference. 

Day 1: Monday, November 16, 2020 (All times Eastern Standard)

10:00 to 10:15 a.m.
Welcome & Historical Perspective of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation
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.

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

12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Lunch—Networking Breakout

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

2:00 to 3:15 p.m.
Lab Demonstration—TMS, rTMS    

3:15 to 3:35 p.m.
Day 1 Wrap-up; Adjourn

Day 2: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 (All times Eastern Standard)

10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Brain Stimulation as an Intervention: rTMS, tDCS, taVNS
Mark George, M.D.

11:15 to 12:30 p.m.
NM4R: What is Rehabilitation?
Mark Bowden, PT, Ph.D.

12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Lunch—Networking Breakout

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Translation of Neuromodulation
Mark Bowden, PT, Ph.D.; Michelle Woodbury, Ph.D., OTRL

2:00 to 3:15 p.m.
Lab Demonstration—Lower Extremity TMS

3:15 to 3:35 p.m.
Day 2 Wrap-up; Adjourn

Day 3: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 (All times Eastern)

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Pathophysiology of Common Chronic Neurologic Disorders Amenable to NM4R
Rick Segal, PT, Ph.D.

11:00 to 12:00 p.m.
Overview of Activity-Dependent Plasticity and How Operant Conditioning Can Be Used to Modify Spinal Cord and Brain Circuits
Jon Wolpaw, M.D.

12:00 to 12:35 p.m.
Virtual Lunch—Networking Breakout

12:35 to 1:35 p.m.
Functional Implications and Therapeutic Applications of Operant Conditioning
Jon Wolpaw, M.D.

1:35 to 2:35 p.m.
Guiding Targeted Neuroplasticity
Aiko Thompson, Ph.D.

2:35 to 3:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion; Adjourn

Day 4: Thursday, November 19, 2020 (All times Eastern)

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

11:00 to 11:45 p.m.
Operant Conditioning of Spinal Reflexes—Methods Overview
Aiko Thompson, Ph.D.

11:45 to 1:00 p.m.
Lab Demonstration—Operant Conditioning

1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Virtual Lunch—Networking Breakout

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Chat with the Experts—Faculty Panel

2:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks, Participant Feedback