We were pleased to be able to sponsor and participate in the Carolina Neurostimulation Conference at UNC Chapel Hill from May 21-23 of this year. The program included a host of knowledgeable speakers on a wide range of topics related to TMS and other neurostimulation modalities. Our PowerMAG TMS stimulator line is a very flexible research oriented solution capable of performing most of the TMS methods presented at the meeting, with just a few exceptions. CNC 2018 was a very nice intimate meeting with an audience ranging from some of the most influential players in the field to graduate students and post-docs seeking to expand their knowledge base.
Interests of the participants presenters included both basic research and applications of neurostimulation to treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.
Use of neurosimulation to treat major depressive disorder was the biggest single focus area for presentations.
Several presenters illustrated methods and technology for optimizing the effectiveness of neurostimulation as a treatment. Aside from TMS, tDCS was a close second in terms of the number of talks and level of interest among attendees. Aside from TMS and tDCS, there were incredibly interesting presentations on transcranial vagal nerve stimulation (tVNS), low level laser therapy (Dr. Hanli Liu of UT Arlington), focused ultrasound (Dr. Sarah Lisanby or Duke University), and the importance of TMS waveform / pulse shape (Dr. Angel Peterchev of Duke University’s Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab).
All in all, the Carolina Neurostimulation Conference was a highly interesting, well-attended, but focused conference that we hope becomes a regular event. We are looking forward to the next installment!