Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) Pre-Conference

Location: ICC Sydney, Parkside Ballroom

​Date: Saturday, 25 May, 2019

Please click here and then select the Pre-Conference Noninvasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) session to view the full program.

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been available for nearly thirty years, its basic neuromodulatory mechanisms are understood, and its methods well developed.  It has been applied successfully in psychiatric disorders, chronic pain, hemiparesis, and other disorders and provided a powerful set of interventional tools for neuroscientists studying human brain function. However important questions remain unanswered and the field has lagged in applying current standards of therapeutics development. Recently, however, powerful advances in other fields of neuroscience have provided ways to address these challenges and develop new and exciting approaches.


This pre-conference will focus on work combining rTMS with functional and structural MRI, EEG, and modeling to:

  • target brain networks instead of areas
  • establish markers of target engagement
  • test mechanistic hypotheses
  • provide patient-individualized anatomical targets
  • optimize delivery across multiple parameters


The panel are long-established and younger leaders in human neuroscience and brain stimulation from clinical and basic disciplines.  The presentations will be suitable for a general clinical neuroscience audience and there will be ample time for questions and discussions.



  1. Discuss the challenges in developing targeted noninvasive brain stimulation approaches to clinical and research problems.
  2. Explore the opportunities presented by functional imaging and other measures for quantifying and targeting rTMS.
  3. Apply new noninvasive paradigms for modulating brain networks and systems
  4. Demonstrate how neuroscience approaches used to understand brain networks and circuits can be applied to the development of novel brain stimulation therapeutic interventions

To register to attend the pre-conference in addition to the main INS Congress click here

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