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Foundations, functional, and therapeutic effects of non-invasive brain stimulation

Weekly Seminar | Not Open to the Public
Who Should Attend: 


Michael Nitsche, M.D.
Professor and Scientific Director
Department of Psychology and Neurosciences


Non-invasive brain stimulation has gained increasing attention during the last years as a tool to monitor and alter cortical excitability and plasticity. These tools not only help to explore human brain physiology, including the physiological foundation of cognition and behavior, but are also emerging therapeutic tools, especially regarding counteracting maladaptive, and supporting beneficial plasticity. This talk will cover physiological mechanisms of non-invasive brain stimulation, including the contribution of neurotransmitters, and modulators, but also show how non-invasive brain stimulation can be used to enhance cognitive and motor processes, and how these effects might be useful for rehabilitation purposes.

Michael Nitsche, M.D. Figure


Batsikadze G, Paulus W, Kuo MF, Nitsche MA
Effect of serotonin on paired associative stimulation-induced plasticity in the human motor cortex.
Neuropsychopharmacology. 2013 Oct;38(11):2260-7. doi: 10.1038/npp.2013.127. Epub 2013 May 17.
Jamil A, Batsikadze G, Kuo HI, Labruna L, Hasan A, Paulus W, Nitsche MA.
Systematic evaluation of the impact of stimulation intensity on neuroplastic after-effects induced by transcranial direct current stimulation.
J Physiol. 2017 Feb 15;595(4):1273-1288. doi: 10.1113/JP272738. Epub 2016 Nov 8.
Polanía R, Nitsche MA, Ruff CC.
Studying and modifying brain function with non-invasive brain stimulation.
Nat Neurosci. 2018 Feb;21(2):174-187. doi: 10.1038/s41593-017-0054-4. Epub 2018 Jan 8.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 12:30pm


785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
United States
Conference Room: 
Billings Building – Rosedale

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