3rd International Workshop on Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS)

Minneapolis, Minnesota / Online (Hybrid meeting)

8-10 June 2022

UPDATE from 10 June 2022: The 3rd iteration of our Workshop on Brain Stimulation in Minnesota is over. Thank you everyone online and offline for active participation. We are hoping to see you again next year. The recordings will be available in the late Summer on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrainStimulationScience/



(All time in CDT/Minnesota), all events will be streamed online unless marked §

June 8 (Day 1)

09:00-09:30 On-site registration

09:15-09:30 Welcome note

09:30-12:00 Session I: Connectomics targeting in clinics and research (Chair: Christine Conelea, University of Minnesota)

  • 09:30-10:00 Paul Croarkin (Mayo Clinic), Recent adaptations and innovations of TMS interventions for adolescents
  • 10:00-10:30 Hamed Ekhtiari (University of Minnesota), Concurrent tES/fMRI: towards non-invasive individualized causal mapping of human brain functions
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break and group discussions§
  • 11:00-11:30 Lysianne Beynel (National Institute of Mental Health), fMRI targeting approach to enhance rTMS efficacy
  • 11:30-12:00 ― Lucia Isabel Navarro (Massachusetts General Hospital), Concurrent TMS/fMRI – towards non-invasive high-resolution causal mapping of human brain functions

13:15-15:45 Session II: Selected topics in neuromodulation

  • 13:15-13:45 Hubert Lim (University of Minnesota), Can ultrasound directly activate neurons or peripheral nerves?
  • 13:45-14:15 Axel Thielscher (Technical University of Denmark), Dose calculations for tFUS: status and challenges
  • 14:15-14:45 Coffee break and group discussions§
  • 14:45-15:15 Ivan Alekseichuk (University of Minnesota), TACS effects on neural populations and cognition
  • 15:15-15:45 Aaron Boes (University of Iowa), Investigating the effects of TMS on the human brain with intracranial EEG

16:00-18:00 Welcome meet-up§

June 9 (Day 2)

09:30-12:00 Session III: Real-time brain stimulation

  • 09:30-10:00 Christoph Zrenner (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada), Closed-loop real-time EEG-TMS: three current challenges
  • 10:00-10:30 Sara Hussain (University of Texas at Austin), Uncovering oscillatory mechanisms of human motor control with phase-dependent TMS
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break and group discussions§
  • 11:00-11:30 Miles Wischnewski (University of Minnesota), Phase-specific real-time targeting of mu and beta oscillations in the motor cortex
  • 11:30-12:00 ― Alik Widge (University of Minnesota), Controlling brain networks through oscillatory synchrony

13:15-15:45 Session IV: Advances in computational modeling (Chair: Alexander Opitz, University of Minnesota)

  • 13:15-13:45 Oula Puonti (Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance), Validation of electric field simulations: closing the gap between simulation and stimulation
  • 13:45-14:15 Sumientra Rampersad (University of Massachusetts Boston), Quantifying uncertainty in simulations of non-invasive brain stimulation
  • 14:15-14:45 Coffee break and group discussions§
  • 14:45-15:15 Ting Xu (Child Mind Institute), Automated MRI segmentation of the nonhuman primates for prospective head modeling: challenges and method
  • 15:15-15:45Angel Peterchev (Duke University), Multiscale modeling of cortical neuron activation by transcranial magnetic stimulation

16:00-17:00 Blitz talks

June 10 (Workshops)§

9:30-10:30SimNIBS 4 preview and walkthrough§  (Oula Puonti, Axel Thielscher)

11:00-12:00 "Bring your own modeling problem" and laptop§

10:30-12:00Introduction to brain stimulation for undergraduate students§  (Alexander Opitz, Zachary Haigh, Taylor Berger)

13:15-14:30 Demo of closed-loop TMS set-up§  (Miles Wischnewski, Ivan Alekseichuk) @ Opitz lab

13:15-14:45Demo of robot-assisted TMS set-up§  (Mo Chen, Alana Lieske) @ Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain


Non-invasive neuromodulation tools capable of selectively manipulating neural systems in the human brain are needed to advance our neuroscientific understanding of brain function and develop novel therapeutic strategies. In this workshop, students and researchers can learn about state-of-the art computational, experimental, and clinical methods in transcranial magnetic/electric/ultrasound stimulation (TMS, tACS, tFUS). The workshop includes lectures and hands-on sessions on:

  • Advanced computational modeling
  • Closed-loop brain stimulation
  • Combinations with neuroimaging (EEG, MRI) and connectomics
  • Cutting-edge clinical applications
  • Mechanistic and animal studies