Speaker Series

This series will explore diverse neuromodulation methods with a focus on rehabilitation. Researchers and clinicians of all career stages (including students and fellows), who are interested in neuromodulation and novel rehabilitation techniques, are invited. At each meeting, a speaker will present a topic or study relating to the improvement of rehabilitation techniques through the use of neuromodulation. The attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas and opinions, and develop informal discussions. This monthly Speaker Series will be presented via Zoom and aims to present innovative ideas and cutting-edge methods for clinicians and researchers.

To simplify access, you may now complete just one registration to cover attendance for all upcoming 2022 sessions of the Speaker Series and attend each session using the same Zoom link.

The next presentation in the Speaker Series will be Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at noon Eastern, featuring Teresa Kimberley, Ph.D., PT.

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Upcoming Presentations

June 1:  Teresa Kimberley, Ph.D., PT

July 6:  Joel Voss

August 3:  Michael Urbin, Ph.D.

September 7:  Jesse Dawson

October 5:  Dan Iosifescu, M.D.

November 2:  Andre Machado. M.D., Ph.D.

December 7: Flavio Frohlich, Ph.D.

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Past Presentations

December 1, 2021:  Bashar Badran, Ph.D.


Developing Novel Therapeutics – Focused Ultrasound and Auricular Neuromodulation as Alternatives to Implantable Brain Stimulation decorative image

Dr. Bashar Badran is a Neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry within the Brain Stimulation Division at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Badran’s Neuro-X lab is a multidisciplinary neuromodulation, engineering, and innovation laboratory that fosters an environment of neurotechnology and innovation to begin addressing complex medical and neuropsychiatric disorders. His lab has been on the forefront of pioneering noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation and low transcranial focused ultrasound. Dr. Badran is also an inventor and co-founder of several startups, including Zendo, a neuromodulation device for meditation enhancement, and BabyStrong, a new feeding system for newborns.

February 2, 2022: Simon Davis, Ph.D.

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Modulating Memory Network Dynamics in Healthy & Pathological Aging--video to come!

Our understanding of the cortical mechanisms that contribute to healthy cognition as we age is an exciting and nascent domain of knowledge. Such an understanding of such patterns in healthy aging is a precondition to the effective treatment of age-related disorders like Alzheimer's disease. For example, the notion that older adults rely on a more bilateral system of brain regions (relative to younger adults) to maintain cognitive function has become generally well accepted. Nonetheless, the compensatory role of bilateral activation remains controversial because most of the data supporting this idea is correlational, and fails to actively engage these bilateral networks. Understanding the importance and malleability of such cross-hemispheric communication in cognition will likely provide a clear path for developing novel therapies to ameliorate age-related cognitive decline. In this talk I will present neuroimaging, neurophysiology, behavioral and TMS data that highlights this and other age-related mechanisms by which older adults may continue to perform tasks successfully, and how these mechanisms may be encouraged by noninvasive neuromodulation.

Dr. Simon Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Duke University, as well as the co-Director of Duke Brain Stimulation Research Center and the Director of the Neuroimaging Core: Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. His research includes age-related reorganization during episodic memory, executive functions, and semantic processes, cross-hemispheric communication during episodic and semantic memory in younger and older adults, myelination in the aging brain, and its role in cognitive decline and connectivity during episodic memory processes using neuromodulation.


March 2, 2022: Aiko Thompson, Ph.D.

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Operant Conditioning of Evoked EMG Responses for Enhancing Neurorehabilitation--video to come!


April 6, 2022:  Til Ole Bergmann, Ph.D., and Umair Hassan

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The BEST Toolbox: Increasing Objectivity, Reliability, and Reproducibility in Non-invasive Brain Stimulation Research--video to come!


Developed by Mr. Hassan working in Dr. Bergmann’s lab, the BEST Toolbox is easy-to-use MATLAB-based open-source software with a powerful graphical user interface, which allows the user to flexibly design, run, analyze, and share multi-protocol/multi-session non-invasive brain stimulation studies, involving transcranial magnetic, electric, and ultrasound stimulation in combination with EMG, EEG, and fMRI.




May 4, 2022:  Zhi-De Deng, Ph.D


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"Model-Driven Design for Brain Stimulation Therapies."

Dr. Deng is a Staff Scientist, Director of the Computational Neurostimulation Research Program, Noninvasive Neuromodulation Unit, at the National Institute of Mental Health. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine. He received the SB degree in physics, SB and MEng in electrical engineering and computer science, from MIT. He received PhD in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He completed postdoctoral training at Duke and research fellowship at NIMH. His research focuses on computational approaches 1) to understand the physics and biophysics of neurostimulation, 2) to optimize dosing and individualization, and 3) to advance noninvasive brain stimulation technology development via model-informed design. His vision is to transform psychiatry through engineering innovation.