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- 01 February 2024

2nd International Winter Course & Workshop on Neuroimaging: Brain Connectivity and Mental Health

Dr. Stefano Pallanti joined as a leading international expert in the field of Behavioral Addictions to address the topic concerning the efficacy of TMS in the treatment of these disorders.

2nd International Winter Course & Workshop on Neuroimaging: Brain Connectivity and Mental Health

đź“… Dates: February 1-4, 2024

📍 Location: University of La Laguna ― Santa Cruz de Tenerife

From February 1st to 4th, 2024, the University of La Laguna hosted the second edition of the International Winter Course & Workshop on Neuroimaging. This distinguished international event gathered world-leading experts to explore the latest advancements in neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques.

Organized by the University of La Laguna's Institute of Neurosciences in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, the course offered a four-day immersive experience that aimed to:

  • Disseminate updated knowledge to students and healthcare professionals on neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques and their clinical and experimental applications.

  • Provide specialized practical training on the use of neuroimaging tools for basic research and clinical practice through a series of interactive workshops.

  • Foster and expand research networks among researchers worldwide, promoting the development of high-level international research and clinical projects.

The second edition of the International Winter Course & Workshop on Neuroimaging represented a valuable opportunity for the international scientific community to deepen their knowledge and skills in a rapidly evolving field of increasing importance: neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques applied to the diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders.

The Course Program

The four-day course offered a cutting-edge theoretical and practical training program covering the following topics, developed in four dedicated seminar series:

  1. Day 1 ― Brain Circuits in Basic and Clinical Neuroscience Using Imaging

  2. Day 2 ― Neuromodulation and Mental Health in the Addictive World

  3. Day 3 ― Technological Foundations of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

  4. Day 4 ― Use of 3D Slicer for Teaching Anatomy

In addition to attending numerous lectures held by world-renowned experts, course attendees also had the opportunity to participate in specialized practical workshops to gain hands-on experience with neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques.

Dr. Stefano Pallanti with Dr. LluĂ­s Serra-Majem (Rector of the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and Dr. Nikos Makris at the second edition of the International Winter Course & Workshop on Neuroimaging.

Dr. Pallanti's Lecture ― A focus on behavioral addictions

đź“– Title: TMS in Gambling Disorder and Behavioral Addictions

📅 Date and Time: February 2nd, 2024 ― 2:00 PM

The second day of the course included a lecture by Dr. Stefano Pallanti, who joined the event as one of the world's leading experts in the field of Behavioral Addictions and Neuromodulation Therapies. Within the seminar series entitled "Neuromodulation and Mental Health in the Addictive World," Dr. Pallanti held a presentation titled "TMS in Gambling Disorder and Behavioral Addictions," providing a comprehensive and updated overview of the therapeutic potential of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for these disorders.

Alongside Dr. Stefano Pallanti, other renowned speakers contributed to the second day's seminar series, presenting the results of the latest scientific research on behavioral addictions and the innovative therapeutic techniques emerging in this field:

In-depth Resources

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative technique that uses magnetic fields to stimulate or inhibit specific brain areas, modulating their neural activity. In the field of behavioral addictions, TMS has been shown to be effective in significantly reducing symptoms, particularly by reducing craving symptoms and improving decision-making processes in people suffering from these disorders.

This is what emerges from the findings of a groundbreaking study conducted by the Istituto di Neuroscienze in collaboration with Harvard University and funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). The research was conducted on a group of 29 patients with Gambling Disorder who received TMS treatment using the innovative Theta Burst Stimulation protocol. Based on the results obtained in this study, it was possible to highlight how this protocol can significantly reduce gambling symptoms, as measured using the PG-YBOCS scale, an assessment tool created by Dr. Stefano Pallanti by adapting the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale to Gambling Disorder.

The personalized and targeted approach that TMS allows represents a real paradigm shift in the treatment of gambling, opening the door to new frontiers in the treatment of Behavioral Addictions.

Learn more about the use of TMS for the treatment of Pathological Gambling âžś

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