Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): Advanced Theory and Hands-on Workshop

June 27, 2018, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Main Building, Randell 114
3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA


Adam J Woods PhD,

Helena Knotkova PhD,

Marom Bikson PhD

About the workshop

This intensive one-day international workshop is dedicated to the design and implementation of tDCS in clinical and research settings. It provides an update on 2018 state-of-the-art comprehensive theoretical background and methodology, with presentations and discussions on the development of professional standards for safety, validity and reproducibility of functional outcomes in tDCS applications, as well as practical experience necessary to acquire the knowledge and skills for tDCS applications.

This tDCS Advanced Theory and Hands-on Workshop distinguishes itself from other tDCS educational initiatives by offering extensive practical experience and an in-depth learning approach, including interactive lectures, facilitated discussion, demonstrations, hands-on step-by-step exercises.

The Workshop utilizes versatile educational elements from the basic to expert level and covers the complex framework from neurophysiological research to clinical applications. It is expected that even individuals highly experienced in tDCS will benefit from the advanced and comprehensive training in the state-of-the-art technique.

The Workshop promotes expertise in the field of noninvasive brain stimulation and focuses on building competencies in the following areas: Principles and mechanisms of tDCS, electrode preparation and montages, stimulation parameters, protocols and targeted outcomes, safety, tDCS current modeling and dose determination, good practices in tDCS delivery, tDCS clinical and research trial design and implementation, with specific methodologic considerations for HD-tDCS and conventional tDCS in institutional and home-based settings.

Education and training will be provided by a seasoned highly experienced team. Previous practical experience with tDCS not required.

Target Audience

This course is designed for clinicians and researchers in disciplines related to neurostimulation (such as medicine, nursing, neuroscience, bioengineering), and personnel involved in tDCS research and treatment.

Program Details

1 Principles and Mechanisms + Targeted Outcomes
by Adam J Woods and Helena Knotkova
2 Stimulation Parameters and Protocols + Electrodes/ Montages
by Adam J Woods, Helena Knotkova and Marom Bikson
3 tDCS Safety
by Adam J Woods
4 Electrode Measurement Procedures, Electrode Preparation and Placement, Conventional and HD-tDCS Devices, and tDCS Practical Knowledge Exercises
by Adam J Woods, Helena Knotkova and Marom Bikson
5 Professional Standards and Recap
by Helena Knotkova
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