September – circuit-based behavioral assessment

This month we’ll be learning about some examples of how to measure behavior from a circuit perspective. Our speaker will be Camilla Nord from Cambridge University. Our journal club will be focused on her recent paper on disgust avoidance as a discrete behavioral construct that can be causally manipulated: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7883304/

Full-time fellowships (remote or in-person)

We are looking for clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in learning about brain circuit-based therapeutics for mental illness. Successful candidates will receive an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School, even if the candidate chooses to work remotely. Projects may include either computational or clinical work. Computational projects are focused on data-driven modeling of …

Part-time experience for clinical trainees

If you are a clinical fellow, resident, or medical student, we can help you learn about brain mapping or brain stimulation as a clinical or research elective. This rotation would be custom-designed based on your interests. We welcome visiting trainees from other institutions. Research rotations can also be conducted remotely. Please contact us if you …

June – NMDA-mediated plasticity

This month we’ll talk about the NMDA-mediated plasticity hypothesis of brain stimulation. We’ve been speculating for a long time that neuromodulation affects neuroplasticity, but this has been something of a holy grail that had not been proven – until recently. Our speaker on 6/16/22 will be Alex McGirr from the University of Calgary, who will …

May – noninvasive stimulation and recording

Paralleling our topic in March (invasive stimulation and recording), this month we’ll talk about the noninvasive approach to the same thing. Our speaker on 5/26/22 will be Desmond Oathes, Associate Director of the Center for Neuromodulation in Depression and Stress at the University of Pennsylvania. Our journal club on 5/19/22 will be on his excellent …

April – Invasive recording of TMS effects

Our speaker for April 14 will be Aaron Boes, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, and Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. Dr. Boes has done some fascinating work on intracranial recording of TMS effects. On Monday April 7, we will be doing a journal club on this impressive preprint: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.01.18.476811v1

March – invasive stimulation and recording

Our speaker for March 10 will be Josef Parvizi, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Parvizi is one of the world’s leading experts on using invasive stimulation and recording to understand causal brain mapping. On Monday March 3, we will be doing a journal club on this excellent review …

February – Electrophysiology-guided brain stimulation

Our speaker for February 1 7 will be Corey Keller, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Laboratory for Personalized Neurotherapeutics. Dr. Keller is an up-and-coming authority on using electrophysiology to tailor brain stimulation treatments. Here’s some background reading for those who are interested: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4150303/

January – Connectomic Deep Brain Stimulation

Our speaker for January will be Andreas Horn, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and the BWH Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics. Dr. Horn is among the founders of the rapidly growing field of connectomic deep brain stimulation. Here’s some background reading for those who are …

November: Enhancing memory by targeting cortical-hippocampal circuits

Our speaker for November will be Joel Voss, Professor of Neurology and director of Center Noir (Neurocognitive Outcomes Improvement Research) at the University of Chicago. Dr. Voss is arguably the world’s leading expert in targeted enhancement of memory via brain circuit modulation. Our journal club (November 4) will be focused on his group’s seminal paper …

October: Spaced learning theory and neuroplasticity

I’m excited to announce that our speaker for October will be Nolan Williams, inventor of SAINT (Stanford Accelerated Intelligent Neuromodulation Therapy). He will be speaking to us about how to apply spaced learning theory to harness neuroplasticity using advanced TMS protocols. Our journal club (the first Thursday of October) will be focused on the following …

September: Use and misuse of causality in neuroscience

Our inaugural speaker was Konrad Kording, one of the world’s leading experts in causality and human neuroscience! If you missed it – Konrad spoke extensively about how the word “cause” is commonly misused and really impossible to identify in the human brain. Instead, we can estimate the causes of things by using techniques such as …