Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank X
10th Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Think Tank

The 2022 Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Think Tank meeting will have a theme of “Women in Neuromodulation” inspired by the article led by Dr. Petra Heiden highlighting the careers of some of the most important women who contributed to the development of functional neurosurgery.

All session chairs for DBS Think Tank X are women.x

Wednesday, August 17, 2022


8:00 AM – 10:00 AM


Bench Therapies “Inspiring Neuromodulation”

Moderator: Svjetlana Miocinovic, M.D., Ph.D. – Emory University

Optimizing DBS using physiologic signals and biophysical modeling

Svjetlana Miocinovic

Svjetlana Miocinovic, M.D., Ph.D.
Emory University


Contribution of Non-Human Primate models in neuromodulation

Annaelle Devergnas

Annaelle Devergnas, Ph.D.
Emory University


Cerebellar deep brain stimulation

Roy Sillitoe

Roy Sillitoe, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine


10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Advances and challenges in applying closed loop physiology to neuromodulation

Moderator: Stephanie Cernera, Ph.D. – University of California, San Francisco

At-home closed-loop trials in Parkinson’s disease: UCSF experience

Stephanie Cernera

Stephanie Cernera, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco


Carina Oehrn

Carina Oehrn, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco


TBD – Coming Soon

Aysegul Gunduz

Aysegul Gunduz, Ph.D.
University of Florida


Developing aDBS for OCD: Progress and Challenges

Wayne Goodman

Wayne Goodman, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine


1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Transforming the OR into the laboratory

Moderator: Doris Wang, M.D., Ph.D. – University of California, San Francisco

Understanding movement control during DBS surgery

Doris Wang

Doris Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco


Studying speech production during DBS implantation

Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital


A library of human basal ganglia representations of appetition

Casey Halpern

Casey Halpern, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania


4:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Industry Blitz

Moderators: Erika Petersen, M.D. – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Helen Bronte Stewart, M.D., M.S. – Stanford University

  • Medtronic
  • Boston Scientific
  • Newronika
  • Neuropace
  • Rune Labs
  • PINS Medical

Thursday, August 18, 2022


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Updates from Europe

Moderator: Petra Heiden, M.D. – University of Cologne

Advancements in deep brain stimulation for psychiatric disorders

Petra Heiden

Petra Heiden, M.D.
University of Cologne


Local field potentials and closed loop stimulation in movement disorders

Huiling Tan

Huiling Tan, D.Phil.
University of Oxford


Deep brain stimulation for non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease

Jens Volkmann

Jens Volkmann, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Würzburg


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Updates from Asia

Moderator: Valerie Voon, Ph.D. – University of Cambridge

Insights from modulation of intracranial recordings on cognitive processes

Valerie Voon

Valerie Voon, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Cambridge


DBS in China, from clinical to clinical research

Luming Li

Luming Li, Ph.D.
Beijing Institute for Brain Disorders


A biomarker for DBS outcome in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Pankaj Sah

Pankaj Sah, Ph.D.
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland


Terry Coyne

Terry Coyne, OAM, MBBS, FRACS
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland


Peter Silburn

Peter Silburn, M.D.
Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland


3:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Neuroethics cases: Dilemmas that inform the future of Neuromodulation

Moderator: Cynthia Kubu, Ph.D. – Cleveland Clinic

Measuring What Matters

Cynthia Kubu

Cynthia Kubu, Ph.D.
Cleveland Clinic


Assessing Recall of Informed Consent and Motivations for Participation in an Intraoperative Neuroscience Study

Anna Wexler

Anna Wexler, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania


Psychiatric Neurosurgery Laws and Incapable Patients: What would a model law say?

Jennifer Chandler

Jennifer Chandler, BSc, LLB, LLM
University of Ottawa


6:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Helen Mayberg

Keynote Speaker : Musings on Pragmatic Alliances Between Foxes and Hedgehogs in Life, Science and DBS

Helen Mayberg, M.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Friday, August 19, 2022


8:00 AM – 10:00 AM


DBS Candidacy: The next frontier in emerging therapies

Moderator: Nicole Provenza, Ph.D. – Baylor College of Medicine

Identification of candidate neural biomarkers of obsessive-compulsive symptom intensity in ecologically valid environments

Nicole Provenza

Nicole Provenza, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine


Building a wiring diagram of the brain: Tools for translational neuroscience

Sarah Heilbronner

Sarah Heilbronner, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota


A novel, simple, rapid, and inexpensive biomarker of the ventral reward system  

Jim Cavanagh

Jim Cavanagh, Ph.D.
The University of New Mexico


10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


What’s next for clinical neuromodulation

Moderator: Marta San Luciano, M.D. – University of California, San Francisco

TBD – Coming Soon

Marta San Luciano

Marta San Luciano Palenzuela, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco


Informing clinical decisions in psychiatric neuromodulation with AI

Chris Rozell

Chris Rozell, Ph.D.
Georgia Institute of Technology


Is the future of DBS a return to brain lesions?

Michael Fox

Michael Fox, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School


1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Emerging Consumer BCI

Moderator: Cora de Hemptinne, M.S., Ph.D. – University of Florida

Coralie De Hemptinne

Cora de Hemptinne, M.S., Ph.D.
University of Florida


Joshua Wong

Joshua Wong, M.D.
University of Florida


Jaimie Henderson

Jaimie Henderson, M.D.
Stanford University


Sameer Sheth

Sameer Sheth, M.D., Ph.D.
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