2nd International Workshop on Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS)


3-4 June 2021

Organization committee:

Alexander Opitz, Ivan Alekseichuk, Axel Thielscher


UPDATE from 4 Jun 2021: This year's workshop is finished! We want to thank all speakers and participants for their contribution to its success. We will send the certificate of attendance next week. Video recordings (along with the recordings from 2020) will be available on ouYouTube channel soon. Stay tuned for the NIBS Workshop 2022!


In this workshop, students and researchers can learn about state-of-the art modeling methods in non-invasive brain stimulation and their combination with imaging methods. The workshop includes lectures and hands-on sessions. Topics covered range from FEM modeling and combined NIBS-neuroimaging to animal models.

Noninvasive 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. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) modulate neural activity based on inducing electric fields in the brain. These electric field distributions can be numerically computed using realistic head models. Increasingly, these modeling approaches are combined with imaging methods such as fMRI or EEG.




Thursday, June 3 (All time for Minnesota, CDT/GMT-5)

07:45-08:00     Introduction and welcome notes (Alexander Opitz)

08:00-10:00     Session I - Translational animal models

  • 08:00-08:30    Andreas Vlachos - How does repetitive magnetic stimulation induce synaptic plasticity?
  • 08:30-09:00    Alia Benali - Deciphering the basic neurophysiological principles of transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • 09:00-09:30    Matthew Krause - The surprisingly complex neural effects of tES: evidence from non-human primates
  • 09:30-10:00    Galit Pelled - Neuromodulation technologies for restoring and augmenting neuro-performance

10:00-10:15     Break

10:15-12:15     Session II - Clinical/cognitive neuroscience

  • 10:15-10:45    Gesa Hartwigsen - Behavioral and neural modeling of NIBS effects in cognition
  • 10:45-11:15    Simon Hanslmayr - Modulating associative memory formation by multi-sensory phase synchronization
  • 11:15-11:45    Colleen Hanlon - Theta burst stimulation (TBS) – new insights from human and non-human primates
  • 11:45-12:15    Robert Reinhart - Using EEG phase synchronization-guided HD-tACS to improve working memory in older adults

12:15-12:30     Break

12:30-13:55     Session III - Selected poster talks

  • Robin Cash, Elisa Kallioniemi, Hongming Li, Nipun Perera, Mohsen Poorganji, Harry Tran, Xinhui Li, Yuranny Cabral-Calderin, and Miles Wischnewski

14:00-15:30     Session IV - Live modeling tutorial #1 (Axel Thielscher lab)

Friday, June 4

08:30-10:30     Session V - Novel developments in modeling

  • 08:30-09:00    Thomas Knoesche - TMS target localization
  • 09:00-09:30    Ilkka Laakso - Non-linear electric field dependent effects of tDCS on motor cortical excitability
  • 09:30-10:00    Daria Antonenko - Linking individual electric fields to human tES application
  • 10:00-10:30    Stephanie Jones - Human neocortical neurosolver: a new tool to study the circuit origin of EEG and impact of non-invasive brain stimulation

10:30-10:45     Break

10:45-12:45     Session VI - NIBS and imaging

  • 10:45-11:15    Lucia Li - TDCS and MRI: Investigating the relative influence of multiple parameters on brain network function
  • 11:15-11:45    Til Ole Bergmann - Combining NIBS with neuroimaging and electrophysiology
  • 11:45-12:15    Kristoffer Madsen - Combining neuroimaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation: pitfalls and perspectives
  • 12:15-12:45    Sara Tremblay - Using TMS-EEG and PET-fMRI to study the neural effects of theta burst stimulation

12:45-13:00     Break

13:00-14:30     Session IV - Live modeling tutorial #2 (Alexander Opitz lab)

14:30-14:45     Closing notes (Axel Thielscher)



Network-guided TMS



TMS and TES from animals to humans