Courses for Health Care Providers
The Istituto di Neuroscienze organizes training courses for Health Care Providers which cover all the notions useful for providing a TMS service for substance and behavioral addictions.
Structures formed with the Pallanti Method:
Istituti Clinici Zucchi – Gruppo San Donato, Monza
The Istituto di Neuroscienze opened its "Neuroscience Point" at the Wellness Clinic of the Istituti Clinici Zucchi (Monza, Italy) in October 2022. Dr. Stefano Pallanti is Director and Coordinator of the Centro di Neuroscienze per la Salute at the Zucchi Wellness Clinic and consultant for Neuromodulation (TMS) for La Madonnina Nursing Home.
The staff has been trained with the Pallanti Method on the various Neuromodulation techniques (TMS, tDCS, PBM, Neurofeedback, VNS, Light Therapy) for what concerns theory, dimensions and circuits of various psychiatric disorders, safety and integration of different therapeutic resources such as Neuromodulation Therapies, Psychotherapy, Pharmacological Therapies, Nutrition and Sports Activities.
Dipartimento Dipendenze Patologiche, UOC SerD Pozzuoli - ASL Napoli2Nord, Ischia
In January 2022, a TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) device and a Neuronavigator were installed at one of the SerDs (Public Services for Pathological Addictions of the Italian National Health System) of ASL Napoli2Nord.
The Department of Pathological Addiction received training from the supplier company's technician to use the machines. The Department then approached Dr. Stefano Pallanti for further training to learn how to properly integrate the TMS technique into the substance use disorder clinic, as the sole and isolated use of the machine is not a sufficient element for patient care. This is because what really makes a difference in healing is not the drugs or machines alone, but the clinician's ability to choose, calibrate and share a specific treatment plan with the patient. The Istituto di Neuroscienze is committed to spreading a new culture for the personalization of Neuromodulation care.
Villa Baruzziana, Ospedale Privato Accreditato - Bologna
The Istituto di Neuroscienze opened its first "Neuroscience Point" at Villa Baruzziana in Bologna in January 2020.
The staff has been trained with the Pallanti Method on the various Neuromodulation techniques (TMS, tDCS, PBM, Neurofeedback, VNS, Light Therapy) for what concerns theory, dimensions and circuits of the various psychiatric disorders, safety and integration of different therapeutic resources such as Neuromodulation Therapies, Psychotherapy, Pharmacological Therapies, Nutrition and Sports Activities.
Courses for Health Professionals
The Istituto di Neuroscienze organizes training courses and master classes on various topics for health professionals from all over the world.
ECNP Neuromodulation Thematic Working Group
The Istituto di Neuroscienze cooperates with the ECNP Neuromodulation Thematic Working Group (Neuromodulation TWG) in organizing and promoting training courses regarding the clinical use of Neuromodulation Therapies for the treatment of Neuropsychiatric Disorders.
The purpose of these events is to expand and spread knowledge about the use of Neuromodulation Therapies by training professionals from all over the world using the latest findings from the scientific literature.
1st Master Training Class in Neuromodulation
In this 2-day masterclass held on June 5-6, 2020, participants were given the opportunity to increase their knowledge about the application of neuromodulation techniques (especially TMS and Deep TMS) in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, with particular emphasis on Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, Depressive Disorders, and Substance Addictions.
Through participation in practical activities, the masterclass participants were able to increase their knowledge about the practical applications of neuromodulation techniques (especially TMS and Deep TMS) in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders.
2nd Master Training Class in Neuromodulation
In this 2-day masterclass held on November 20-21, 2020, participants were given the opportunity to increase their knowledge about the neurofunctional and neuropharmacological impact of Neuromodulation Techniques in optimizing the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders and in identifying predictors of treatment response.
Through participation in practical demonstrations, the masterclass participants were also able to develop their skills in determining the individualized protocol and brain circuit target specific to each individual patient and in effectively applying neuromodulation treatment, with particular emphasis on the management of treatment-resistant Depression.
3rd Master Training Class in Neuromodulation: "Precision TMS"
From February 16 to 18, 2024, took place the Course entitled "Precision TMS," the 3rd master class on TMS and Clinical Neuromodulation organized by the Neuromodulation Thematic Working Group of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in collaboration with the Istituto di Neuroscienze. The course, which was conducted entirely online in live webinar mode, provided the opportunity to deeply explore the clinical use of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) and Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS) within the framework of neuropsychiatric disorders.
The course also provided the opportunity to gain advanced practical skills necessary to determine and adapt personalized stimulation protocols tailored to target brain circuits in a patient-specific manner.
The Istituto di Neuroscienze organizes training courses and master classes regarding the different Neuromodulation Therapies, their use in clinical practice in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, and the most recent scientific research conducted on this topic. The purpose of these courses is to extensively train, from both a theoretical and practical point of view, professionals from all over the world about these therapies, with the aim of disseminating their use as suggested by the latest data from the scientific research and the clinical experience observed in our treatment center.
Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation in Psychiatry: the case of TMS
Masterclass addressed to specialists in the field of psychiatry held in Rome on September 22-23, 2022. The participants acquired the following skills:
― Analyze and evaluate the latest evidence, guidelines, and protocols on the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (especially TMS) for the treatment of conditions such as Schizophrenia, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Chronic Pain, Parkison's Disease, Motor Stroke, and Addictions;
― Manage advanced skills on the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (especially TMS) in the treatment of a wide range of disorders, including Schizophrenia, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Chronic Pain, Parkison's Disease, Motor Stroke, Addictions;
― Develop and apply an interdisciplinary clinical approach to the treatment of disorders, including Schizophrenia, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Chronic Pain, Parkinson's Disease, Motor Stroke, Addictions, using non-invasive brain stimulation techniques (especially TMS therapy) combined with concomitant pharmacological treatments.
Human Connectome, RDoC and TMS
On June 9, 2023, Dr. Stefano Pallanti gave a lecture on the topic "From Myths to Neuroscience: Obsessions as Brain Connectivity Disorders, Therapeutic Targets and Treatment with rTMS" within the larger masterclass on the topic of "Human Connectome, RDoC and TMS" held at the Universidad de La Laguna (Tenerife).
The masterclass explored topics related to the human connectome, the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) initiative, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a targeted method of treating several disorders. Digging deeper into the intricate networks of the human brain, the masterclass provided valuable insights into the latest advances in neuroscientific research and therapeutic applications for neuropsychiatric disorders.
Courses on Neuroscience
The Istituto di Neuroscienze organizes training courses and master classes on multiple topics related to clinical and experimental neuroscience, addressed to an international audience of health professionals.
1st International Winter Course and Workshop on Neuroimaging: Brain Connectivity and Mental Health
In this 6-day course series held on February 4-9, 2023, and organized by the University of La Laguna and Harvard Medical School, several prominent international speakers discussed in depth the topic of neuro-imaging techniques, exploring their use in the clinical and experimental fields in the context of various neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as mental health more broadly.
Summer School on Affective Neuroscience ― 2023
In this 5-day course series held on July 2-7, 2023, several leading international speakers discussed in depth the topic of Affective Disorders, exploring its underlying biological mechanisms with the aim of improving currently available therapies and developing new, more effective ones.
Through participation in theoretical lectures and practical workshops, School participants received specialized training in the field of affective neuroscience through two courses on the following topics: 1) Fear, Anxiety, Obsessions and Trauma; and 2) Mood, Aggression and Attraction.
Florence Summer School
The Florence Summer School is a CME course organized from 2003 through 2014 by the Clinical Neurosciences ONLUS and was open to psychiatrists, pharmacologists, neurologists and child psychiatrists. It was attended by international speakers and participants coming from Canada, UK, the USA, Switzerland, Finland, Lebanon, Israel and Italy, which makes this school a truly international event.
The school earned average 17 CME credits every year. Topics changed year to year, but the focus has always been put on translational psychiatry, pharmacology and cutting-edge technology.
The founding faculty is composed of Dr. Joseph Zohar, Dr. Larry Koran, Dr. Giovan Battista Cassano, Dr. Eric Hollander, Dr. Paolo Castrogiovanni and Dr. Stefano Pallanti.
Dr. Pallanti served as a coordinator and an organizer of the school activity since its start. The philosophy of the school is improving individual skills and cultural understanding of clinical neurosciences, more specifically psychiatry and pharmacology.
The Clinical Neurosciences Onlus, a NON-PROFIT organization with a certified public balance, has been supporting the financial and logistic aspects of the summer school since its first session.
A core aspect of the Florence Summer School is combining Clinical Pharmacology with pre/clinical and translational educational aims. Teaching excellence is a priority of the school and the faculty put a large and careful effort into their lectures and practical teaching.
To achieve these results, we targeted the following goals:
Attendants will become knowledgeable about both basic and advanced mechanisms related to the beneficial and adverse effects of pharmaceutical agents (drugs) and pharmacology, physiology and toxicology.
Attendants will be able to design, perform and interpret research related to the clinical pharmacological, physiological and toxicological effects of drugs. This will lead to more effective therapeutic treatments of diseases.
Attendants will be able to independently prepare and submit competitive research proposals in the areas of pharmacology, physiology and toxicology.
Attendants will learn how to communicate their research or teaching efforts in order to maximize their individual impact on societal needs.
This initiative was originally organized only with financial support of the attendants' subscriptions and support from Clinical Neurosciences ONLUS. It started, little by little, to collect some support from local pharmaceutical companies through un-restricted educational grants. Speakers offered their contribution without honorarium, and received only reimbursement of expenses related to travel.
Summary of the Florence Summer School
Faculty ― Florence Summer School
MARCH 15 ― MALTA (International Bioethics Conference 2024): Lecture "Post-Covid Neuroscience and the Non-Mental Unconscious".
DECEMBER 6 ― ROME (Updates in Military Psychiatry and Psychology): Lecture "Gambling and other addictions: prevention and treatment in civilian and military settings".
NOVEMBER 23 ― MILAN (3rd SIPG National Forum): Symposium "The Continuum medications-natural treatments for the elderly with cognitive impairment".
NOVEMBER 22 ― UNIVERSITY OF CATANIA (European Frontiers in Neuroscience): Grand Round "Behavioral Addictions: Prevention and Treatment".
NOVEMBER 10 ― FLORENCE (I Disturbi Affettivi di Genere nell'Era dell'Imprevedibilità): Seminar "Personality Disorders".
OCTOBER 26 ― TICINO SOCIETY OF PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY: Lecture "Precision diagnosis for personalized care: Neuroscience-based Psychiatry".
OCTOBER 26 ― RIMINI (Pain Medicine: The Challenge): Seminar "Psychiatry: clinical framework and therapeutic management".
OCTOBER 14 ― PISA (Simposio sul Cambiamento): Seminar "Behavioral addictions: how to change behavior".
SEPTEMBER 12 ― ZURICH (4th WASAD International Congress): Lecture "Emotional dysregulation in ADHD and treatment outcome. A summary of the evidence".
MAY 23 ― FLORENCE: Seminar and Book Launch "The Integration of Mind-Body and Mental Health: a Budō (武道) perspective".
MAY 5 ― MONZA: Conference "Behavioral Addictions as Connectivity Disorders and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation".
APRIL 29 ― Royal Society of Medicine: Webinar "Neuromodulation in Psychiatry: Current Perspectives."
MARCH 13-15 ― FLORENCE: Training event targeted for Doctors Surgeons and Psychologists “Therapist Training Course”.
FEBRUARY 7 ― FLORENCE: Training event targeted for Doctors and Surgeons “Depression, Neurological Disorders and the Neurosciences: 20 years of Experiences”.
JUNE 16-18 ― FLORENCE: Interactive Workshop “Psychiatry Course: Depression and Schizophrenia”.
FEBRUARY 25 ― ROME (10th Sopsi Conference): Conference “Exploring white matter pathology in psychiatry Illness: a new tool, diffusion tensor imaging” by Dr. Mehmet Hasnezar.
DECEMBER 3-4 ― FLORENCE: Workshop “The psychotic patient from rehabilitation to work” ECM accredited.
NOVEMBER 12 ― FLORENCE (WPA Conference Florence): Symposium “Biological Correlates and treatment of Pathological Gambling”.
OCROBER 15 ― FLORENCE: “2nd Meet The Author: Dr. Luca Pani. Dopamine e Darwinism” , Department of Psychiatric and Neurosciences of the University of Florence, ECM accredited.
MARCH 27 ― FLORENCE: “1st Meet The Author: Dr. Pietro Pietrini. Towards a biochemistry of the mind.” Department of Psychiatric and Neurosciences of the University of Florence, ECM accredited.
Qualification to the profession of Psychologist
The Istituto di Neuroscienze provides internships to Italian and foreign students from Universities with Internship agreements for undergraduates in psychology and post-graduates for admission to the state exam for the qualification to the profession of Psychologist. Foreign students should have Italian stay permits.
In August 2023, Dr. Pallanti's Istituto di Neuroscienze was appointed as a training site for electives of Massachusetts General Hospital, the teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School.