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

Minneapolis, Minnesota / Online (Hybrid meeting)

8-10 June 2022

UPDATE from 16 May 2022: We are happy to announce the 3rd iteration of our workshop on brain stimulation in Minnesota taking place on June 8-10, 2022. It will be organized in a hybrid format with in-person attendance in Minneapolis, and in parallel, online. The first two days will be dedicated to talks on engineering, experimental, and clinical advances in transcranial magnetic, electric, and ultrasound stimulation. On the third day, we will host in-person tutorials on electric field modeling and closed-loop brain stimulation.  See the program below.

The in-person part of the meeting will be held in Robert H. Bruininks Hall, 222 Pleasant Street SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The up-to-date face mask protocol is here.

Workshop 2022 will feature the public release of SimNIBS 4 - a next generation of a popular framework for computational modeling in transcranial magnetic and electric stimulation.



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

June 8

09:15-12:00 Session I: Connectomics targeting in clinics and research

  • 09:15-09:30 Welcome note
  • 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), Signatures of tACS effects on cognition in concurrent intracranial EEG
  • 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

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

  • 09:30-10:00 ― TBA
  • 10:00-10:30 Christoph Zrenner (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada), TBA
  • 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 ― Sara Hussain (University of Texas at Austin), Uncovering oscillatory mechanisms of human motor control with phase-dependent TMS

13:15-15:45 Session IV: Advances in computational modeling

  • 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§
  • 14:45-15:15Angel Peterchev (Duke University), Multiscale modeling of cortical neuron activation by transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • 15:15-15:45Ting Xu (Child Mind Institute), TBA

16:00-17:30 Poster session§ / blitz talks§

June 10

9:30-16:00  Workshops

  1. SimNIBS 4 preview and walkthrough  (Oula Puonti, Axel Thielscher)
  2. "Bring your own modeling problem" and laptop§  (Opitz lab team: Harry Tran, Sina Shirinpour, Sangjun Lee, Kathleen Mantell, Nipun Perera, Zhihe Zhao)
  3. Demo of closed-loop TMS set-up§  (Miles Wischnewski, Ivan Alekseichuk) @ Opitz lab
  4. Demo of robot-assisted TMS set-up§  (Mo Chen, Alana Lieske) @ Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain
  5. Introduction to brain stimulation for undergraduate students§  (Alexander Opitz, Zachary Haigh, Taylor Berger)




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