Penn Brain Science, Translation, Innovation, and Modulation Center


The Penn Brain Science, Translation, Innovation, and Modulation (brainSTIM) Center brings together a team of leading neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and engineers from the University of Pennsylvania who use groundbreaking neuromodulation techniques to research, repair, and enhance human brain function. In order to accomplish this goal, the brainSTIM Center has created a framework for cooperation that cuts across departmental and institutional boundaries. The center promotes intellectually rewarding, productive, and novel scientific collaborations in the field of neuromodulation by leveraging critical skills and resources, creating unique opportunities for growth, innovation, and sustainability for neuromodulation research.



brainSTIM Center Members attend ANT Neuromeeting 2024

Several brainSTIM members attended the first ANT Neuro Meeting held in North America. On April 10-11, members of the EEG and neuromodulation community gathered in Philadelphia to listen to presentations and to see equipment demos. Two brainSTIM faculty, Dr. Sudha Kessler and Dr. John Medaglia, presented their work at the meeting. On day 1, Dr. Kessler gave a presentation entitled “Clinical Applications of EEG in Children”. On day 2, Dr. Medaglia gave a presentation entitled “Toward Enhancing Cognition in Real Time”.



brainSTIM News

  • National Institute of Mental Health Research Highlight: "Noninvasively Stimulating Deep Brain Areas to Treat Depression Symptoms" Wednesday, June 5, 2024

    Drs. Desmond Oathes, Yvette Sheline, and the Center for Brain Imaging and Stimulation were featured on June 5th in a research highlight titled "Noninvasively Stimulating Deep Brain Areas to Treat Depression Symptoms." A neuroimaging study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health explored whether a brain stimulation therapy known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) could target regions deep in the brain via their surface connections. The study offers new evidence that stimulating deeper brain areas can reduce depression symptoms and identifies a possible target for improved depression treatment. Click here for more!

  • Dr. Roy Hamilton interviewed for the WHYY-PBS The Pulse 10th Anniversary Show Friday, May 31, 2024

    Dr. Roy Hamilton along with Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation clinical research coordinator Jeffry Alfro made an appearance on the Pulse 10th anniversary show on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Show host Maiken Scott received  tDCS stimulation live on stage while interviewing Dr. Hamilton on the use of noninvasive brain stimulation technologies in research to study cognition and the growing use by members of the public to try to enhance general cognition. Center staff members, Theresa Tritto, Associate Director, and Olufunsho  (Olu) Faseyitan, Operations Manager were also in attendance. Click here to listen to the podcast!

  • Dr. Roy Hamilton Interviewed for Authority Magazine on Maintaining Brain Health Saturday, May 4, 2024

    Dr. Roy Hamilton sits down with Authority Magazine to discuss how lifestyle habits support cognitive well-being. Dr. Hamilton serves as a Trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation, the nation’s only private foundation dedicated exclusively to discovering the mysteries of the aging brain. He discusses modifiable risk factors, nutrition, genetic predispositions, social connections, sleep and mindfulness as important parts of overall health. 

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