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.


Thank you to our first annual 3-day Intensive TMS Workshop speakers and attendees!


During this workshop we presented hands-on and didactic lectures around the following topics:

  • Principles and mechanisms of TMS
  • Safety 
  • Clinical and research advances in the field
  • TMS targeting and experimental design
  • TMS/fMRI
We will be offering this workshop in the future, but earliest will be next year.
Thank you to all of our participants for a successful workshop!

brainSTIM News

  • Dr. Roy Hamilton Interviewed for the Brain Friends Podcast Monday, November 27, 2023

    In this episode of Brain Friends, Dr. Roy Hamilton shares how the quality of care in recovery will help language get stronger or activities become easier because the brain reorganizes and adapts also known as "neuroplasticity".

    The Brain Friends podcast is a space for neuro nerds and stroke survivors to talk about all things aphasia, language recovery, and community. Hosted by Dr. D. Seles, a neuroscientist and speech-language pathologist, and Angie C., 2x stroke survivor and aphasia advocate. 

  • Meet Dr. Catherine Norise, our very first brainSTIM fellow! Thursday, September 7, 2023

    Learn more about her work and interests in neuromodulation!

  • Dr. Casey Halpern's News Release Wednesday, August 30, 2023

    In this release, Penn Medicine researchers identify the link between memory and appetite in the human brain to explain obesity. Dr. Halpern speaks about the complexity of disordered eating in conditions such as binge eating disorder (BED) and the role of impaired connections between the dorsolateral hippocampus (dlHPC) and the lateral hypothalamus (LH), which may impact affected individuals' ability to control or regulate emotional responses when anticipating rewarding meals or treats.

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brainSTIM Center Events

  • MindCORE Seminar: Taraz Lee

    SAIL Room -111 Levin Building and Via Zoom

    Cognition, Control, and Action: the multifaceted interplay between cognitive and motor systems

    Cognitive Control is a term used to describe the ability to flexibly adapt information processing and behavior in the service of our goals by exerting cognitive effort to overcome our habits and automatic thoughts/actions. We are fundamentally interested in the neural mechanisms that support these top-down processes and how they interact with motivation, learning, memory, and skilled action. In our investigations we use a multifaceted approach combining carefully designed behavioral experiments, computational modeling, functional magnetic resonance imagining (fMRI), and non-invasive brain stimulation via transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

  • CNDS Neuromodulation and Neuroimaging Relevant to Affective Disorders Speaker Series

    Speaker: Olu Ajilore, MD, PhD, Associate Head for Faculty Development, University of Illinois Center for Depression and Resilience Professor of Psychiatry Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, Director Clinical Research Core for Clinical and Translational Science, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois-Chicago


    Title: Network Dynamics and Neuromodulation


    Please contact Gianna Perez for the zoom link:


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