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Presenters: Dr. Ainat Rogel, Dr. Diana Martinez, Dr. Leon Morales-Quezada

Neuromodulation is a state-of-the-art treatment modality to promote neuroplasticity of the brain or peripheral nerves, by directly applying electrical, magnetic, light, or chemical stimulation. Neuromodulation clinical research has shown promising results for psychological, psychiatric, and neurological conditions. This webinar introduces neuromodulation, its modalities, and ways to combine them with each other as well as with neurofeedback, to achieve a better outcome.

The webinar starts by covering the principles of several neuromodulation modalities of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS), and photobiomodulation (PBM) as well as of neurofeedback.

We then address how to apply these modalities in an effective manner. The webinar covers current research about how to use these modalities in specific disorders. Of particular importance is the synergetic effects of these modalities, defined as neuromodulatory co-activation, and their principles in relation to neuroplasticity. Clinical applications are highlighted through case presentations together with the proposal of standardised methods for a successful integration of these modalities with neuro/biofeedback. The webinar concludes with recommendations of using these modalities in a safe and ethical way for best practice.

All views expressed in the recording are solely those of the presenter(s) and participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Based on the content of this workshop, the participants will gain an understanding of the science behind neuromodulation techniques.
  • Participants will be able to explain the type of conditions or disorders where the neuromodulation techniques can be used, including stimulation protocols, and more importantly, the safety of each of these techniques
  • After the workshop, participants will be able to describe the neurophysiological mechanism of co-activation and neuroplasticity.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate the best approach of how to get the best results from integration neuromodulation techniques with neurofeedback.

About Ainat Rogel, PhD, MSW, BCN, LICSW

Ainat is the founder and director of Boston Neurodynamics. She conducts neurofeedback (NFB), biofeedback (BFB), performs and analyzes brain mapping (qEEG), and supervises other practitioners. She teaches NFB related courses, gives international presentations, and conducts evidence-based research. Ainat specializes in working with clients with developmental trauma, dissociation and PTSD. Her unique holistic approach incorporates NFB with BFB, psychotherapy and body therapy. Ainat was the president and a BOD member of ISNR.

Ainat has a PhD in Computer Science and Neurobiology. She has a master in Social Work, a licensed Independence Clinical Social Worker, and a BCIA certified NFB provider and supervisor. She was a brain research scientist at various institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH-Harvard, Hebrew University and Ben-Gurion University. She worked as a NFB researcher and clinician at the Trauma Center at JRI.

About Diana Martinez, MD, PhD, LMHC, BCN

Diana is a founder and director of Boston Neurodynamics. She is a medical doctor with a specialty in Neurorehabilitation. She has 18 years of experience treating patients with severe brain injuries and developmental disorders using neurofeedback, biofeedback and neuromodulation techniques. She has extensive experience in neurophysiology and EEG/qEEG/ERP interpretation.

Diana received her medical degree from University of Aguascalientes, Mexico. She completed a Fellowship in Neurological Rehabilitation and M.Sc in Neurological Rehabilitation; a Fellowship in Neurophysiology at University Hospital of Cleveland; and a PhD from De Montfort University of Leicester, U.K. She is an international consultant for Neurofeedback professionals and currently she combines clinical work and research. She is a certified clinician from the SMART (Stress management and resilience training) program from the Benson-Henry Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital integrative Medicine. Currently, she is the secretary of ISNR (International Society of Neuroregulation and Research).

About Dr. Leon Morales-Quezada

Dr. Leon Morales-Quezada is a physician-scientist with experience in neurocognitive rehabilitation, noninvasive neuromodulation, applied psychophysiology, and technology development for neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Morales-Quezada received his MD degree from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes and completed clinical training in emergency medicine and intensive care. He also completed a fellowship and Masters in Neuropsychology Rehabilitation at Touro College, a PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences from De Montfort University in Leicester UK, and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Morales-Quezada was awarded with the prestigious Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the Harvard-NIH program, Division of General Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. He is currently a Research Faculty from Spaulding Rehabilitation Research Institute and fellow from the Ellen R. and Melvin J. Gordon Center for the Cure and Treatment of Paralysis. Dr. Morales-Quezada research interests focus on noninvasive neuromodulation, the placebo effect, and technology development applied in rehabilitation and behavioral medicine.