Seminar on tDCS

A seminar on the neurophysiological bases of tDCS will be held on October, 10th 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in the room U6-21 in Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1 in Milan.

The short-abstracts of the speakers, who manage the Neuroplasticity and Neuromodulation lab, Dept. of Neurology, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany are reported here:

  • Modulation of motor (re)learning by noninvasive electrical brain stimulation

Dr. Janine Reis

Physiological aging and neurological conditions can significantly impair cognitive and motor functions. One strategy to prevent or counteract motor deficits is training. Moreover, noninvasive brain stimulation can facilitate motor learning. To optimally combine these two approaches, it is necessary to better understand their interaction with factors modulating a person’s intrinsic neuroplasticity. This talk will provide insight into the behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of such interaction in healthy subjects and patients suffering from stroke.

  • Neuromodulation by tDCS – a deeper insight into the mechanisms derived from animal models

Dr. Brita Fritsch

Exploration of mechanisms underlying tDCS effects in humans is naturally limited. Building on the data presented by Dr. Reis, this talk will extend the presented findings to animal models of tDCS and motor learning. tDCS mediated excitability modulation and effects on intrinsic plasticity are discerned. A deeper insight into the mechanisms of tDCS effects on intrinsic plasticity is presented ranging from effects on functional and structural synaptic plasticity to effects on non-neuronal cells.