Hawaii BrainSTIM 2015 meeting

Honolulu, Hawaii – June 12-13, 2015.

BrainSTIM 2015 will be one of the first ever meetings to focus on the combination of brain imaging and stimulation. The meeting will combine keynote lectures by leaders in the fields of imaging and stimulation, talks selected from submitted abstracts, educational sessions on integrated brain stimulation and imaging, poster sessions and other opportunities to network. The meeting is meant to inform and educate everyone who may be interested in these topics, from novices to experts. The combination of brain stimulation and imaging may lead to better tests of causal hypotheses of brain function, a better understanding of the neural mechanisms of cognition and a better understanding of the mechanisms of brain stimulation, new methods to optimize brain stimulation and other benefits.

Brain imaging has made great strides in helping us to understand the mechanisms of normal human brain function, and identifying changes associated with brain and mental illness. However, this work has been mostly observational, obtaining correlations that cannot be used to prove causation, with limited direct benefits for patients. Brain stimulation using techniques such as tDCS, TMS and others has shown early promise for improving human behavior and reducing symptoms of brain and mental illness, and also for testing hypotheses derived from brain imaging data. However, this work is still mostly empirical, with little understanding of its underlying mechanisms, or of methods to optimize its effects. The combination of brain imaging and stimulation could lead to many advances in both fields, providing direct benefits for a better understanding of human brain organization, optimization of neuroenhancement in healthy people, and improved treatments for brain and mental illness. We hope this meeting will help to facilitate these and other advancements.

Who:
Keynote Speakers will be Peter Fox, Michael Nitsche, Peter Bandettini, Marom Bikson and others.

Additional speakers will be selected by committee from the pool of submitted abstracts. Abstracts not selected for oral presentations may be presented as posters.

BrainSTIM 2015 is being organized jointly by Prof. Vincent Clark at the University of New Mexico and by Dr. Linda Chang at the University of Hawaii and Queens Medical Center.

Where:
Queens Conference Center at the Queens Medical Center
1301 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

When:
Fri, June 12 – Sat, June 13, 2015, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

How to register and submit your abstract:
Registration will open soon. Discounted registration will be accepted until March 1st.

For registration and abstract submission, please go to http://www.brainstim2015.org

Abstracts are being accepted for oral sessions from now until March 1st. Abstracts for posters will be accepted until May 15th.