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Transcranial Brain
Stimulation in Cognitive
Neuroscience Workshop

Rovereto (Italy) 3-4 December 2020

Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC
University of Trento

2nd Edition
The event will be organized as online virtual workshop.

The variability of the data in transcranial brain stimulation research

The workshop will focus on the relevant elements that we need to consider to have less variable and more repeatable results in this area of research. We aim to provide an opportunity to pursue focused and critical discussions of current empirical evidence and theoretical issues concerning the variability of result in transcranial brain stimulation research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neurorehabilitation.

The workshop will be organized in four main sessions. During the first day, we will start off with covering general aspects in a wider context (morning session), followed by discussions of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) in particular, including an open discussion on the current multi-centre tACS-force initiative (afternoon session).

The second day will focus on using transcranial brain stimulation in combination with other tools to increase knowledge and effectiveness (morning session) and on the role of individual or methodological differences for enhancement and rehabilitation in the clinical context (afternoon session).

The workshop will feature invited speakers and Poster Presentations.

The workshop, free of charge, is organized by the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences.


Workshop registration: 26th November 2020.

Abstract submission deadline: 30th October 2020



The event will be held entirely from remote and all the sessions will be streamed online.

Reference timezone is Central European Time.

Thursday, 3rd December program

Morning session
9.50 – Introduction to the Workshop by the Organizing Committee
How to increase efficacy and reduce inter-subject variability in TBS protocols
Session introduction and chair/discussant: Gregor Thut
10.00 – Sven Bestmann: Dose-controlled tDCS
10.30 – Discussion
10:50 – Break
11.00 – Hartwig R. Siebner:Can we adjust “dose” to achieve a desired level of effect with NTBS? A neurobiological perspective of dosing
11.30 – Discussion
11:50 – Break
12.00 – Zsolt Turi: Guiding the stimulation intensity for rTMS by prospective individualized electric field modelling
12.30 – Discussion
12.50 – Break - Virtual Lunch

Afternoon session
Current tACS challenges and discussion on current multi-centre tACS force initiative
Session introduction and chair/discussant: tACS committee (see below)
14.00 – Myles Mc Laughlin: Understanding tACS mechanisms to increase efficacy
14.30 – Discussion
14:50 – Break
15.00 – Christopher C. Pack: Sources of variability in the effects of transcranial electrical stimulation
15.30 – Discussion
15:50 – Break
16.00 – Virtual coffee break and Poster session
17.00 – tACS committee:Update and discussion on tACS challenge
18.20 – Break
18.30 – Poster session
19.30 – End of Poster session

Friday, 4th December program

Morning session
TBS in combination with other tools
Session introduction and chair/discussant: Lorella Battelli
10.00 – Marta Bortoletto: Tracking TMS-induced effective connectivity with concurrent EEG recording 
10.30 – Discussion
10:50 – Break
11.00 – Marine Vernet: Variability in TMS modulation of conscious perception: insights from the combination with EEG and behavioural measures
11.30 – Discussion
11:50 – Break
12.00 – Lysianne Beynel: Looking for predictors of rTMS effects to enhance its efficacy: fMRI, structural controllability, E-field modelling
12.30 – Discussion
12.50 – Break - Virtual Lunch

Afternoon session
14.00 – Poster session
15.00 – End of Poster session
New prospects for TBS in cognitive rehabilitation
Session introduction and chair/discussant: Marta Bortoletto
15.00 – Daria Antonenko: Combining cognitive training with tDCS to counteract age-related cognitive decline
15.30 – Discussion
15:50 – Break
16.00 – Ela B. Plow: Noninvasive brain stimulation in rehabilitation following stroke
16.30 – Discussion
16:50 – Break
17.00 – Lorella Battelli: Protocols to promote prolonged and fast recovery with tRNS
17.30 – Discussion
17.50 – Closing remarks

Invited Speakers

All speakers will be invited and there will be no parallel sessions. The workshop will be organized around a debate among speakers and discussions after each session with dedicated discussants.

List of speakers
  • Daria Antonenko - Universitätsmedizin Greifswald, Germany
  • Lorella Battelli - Italian Institute of Technology, Italy; Harvard University, USA
  • Sven Bestmann - Queen Square Institute of Neurology, UK
  • Lysianne Beynel - Duke University, USA
  • Marta Bortoletto IRCCS San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Italy
  • Myles Mc Laughlin - KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Hartwig R. Siebner - DRCMR, University Hospital Hvidovre, Denmark
  • Christopher C. Pack - McGill University, Canada
  • Ela B. Plow - Lerner Research Institute, USA
  • Zsolt Turi - University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Marine Vernet – INSERM; University Claude Bernard, France
tACS Committee
  • Andrea Antal - University Medical Center Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
  • Til Ole Bergmann - Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research, Germany
  • Nir Grossman - Imperial College London, UK
  • Simon Hanslmayr - University of Glasgow, UK
  • Christoph Herrmann - Carl Von Ossietzky University, Germany
  • Carlo Miniussi - University of Trento, Italy
  • Hartwig R. Siebner - DRCMR, University Hospital Hvidovre, Denmark
  • Axel Thielscher - DRCMR, University Hospital Hvidovre, Denmark
  • Gregor Thut - University of Glasgow, UK
  • Benedikt Zoefel - University of Cambridge, UK
Scientific Organizers
  • Lorella Battelli - Italian Institute of Technology, Italy; Harvard University, USA
  • Marta Bortoletto – IRCCS San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Italy
  • Carlo Miniussi - University of Trento, Italy
  • Gregor Thut - University of Glasgow, UK

Abstract submission and workshop registration

The registration is free of charge, but participants must register to attend all events by 26th November 2020.

ePosters session

The deadline for the abstract submission is 30th october 2020.

Abstracts (maximum of 250 words) should briefly state the background to the research, the methods used, the principal findings (no statistics), and the theoretical significance of the work. Please do not cite references in the abstracts. Each author can appear as first author on one ePoster only.

Submissions for ePoster presentations due 26th November, 2020 (only for those who have submitted an abstract by 30th October).

Submit your final poster as a single-page .png or .jpg file types, size max 2 MB, at the following link Abstract/Poster submission form (is the same form to submit the abstract). Add the file to your account and name it “Poster-YOURSURNAME” in the “Abstract Title” space. Finally, select “Allow to publish it: Yes”. This is essential to allow us to upload the poster in the virtual room.

There will be an ePoster virtual session based on the submitted posters. Each poster will be assigned a number and that number will be reported on a board in a virtual poster room. During all the ePoster virtual sessions, presenters will be standby next to their virtual poster to answer questions directly.

Minimize the amount of unnecessary detail in the poster. Present key ideas and main results that can be understood by quickly scanning the poster. Favour clear graphics over text whenever possible.

Use large enough font size. Avoid tiny details in illustrations. Clip the figures to show only the essentials. You will be able to explain your poster virtually face-to-face.

Abstract Award Winners

1000€ overall awards will be granted to small number of posters on a competitive basis during the workshop. Only non-faculty first authored ePosters are eligible for the awards. The awards are sponsored by CIMeC. The organizing committee will jointly decide the winning ePosters and will send emails with decisions to the winners.

Registration and poster presentation

Technical information

Sessions will be streamed using a dedicated platform.

After registering to the conference, you will be provided with a private link reserved for the event.

The workshop is supported by the project Departments of Excellence.


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