Plenary lectures

Plenary invited speakers


Claudio Babiloni
Associate Professor of Physiology, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy)

Cortical EEG rhythms in neurodegenerative dementing disorders.

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Associate Professor of Physiology, Degree in Psychology, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences

December 2012 – onwards : Associate Professor of Physiology
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology “V. Erspamer”, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Responsible for neurophysiological research lines and Physiology Teacher

December 2007 – December 2012 : Associate Professor of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Foggia (Italy)
Responsible of neurophysiological research lines and Physiology Teacher

2001 : Ph.D. in “Biomedical Sciences and Engineering” at International Doctoral School in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
University of Aalborg, Aalborg (Denmark)
Biomedical Sciences and mathematical approaches to their study

1987 : Degree in Psycholgy
University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Clinical and cognitive psychology, Statistics for psychological sciences

Hugh Bostock
Emeritus Professor of Neurophysiology, Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders (United Kingdom)

Nerve excitability testing: from threshold electrotonus to CMAP scans

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Hugh Bostock is Emeritus Professor of Neurophysiology at the UCL Institute of Neurology, London.  After graduating in chemistry at Oxford, he switched to physiology and moved to University College London, where he obtained his Ph.D. in olfactory neurophysiology in 1974.  He was then recruited by Tom Sears to work on the biophysics of demyelination at the Institute of Neurology, where he has worked ever since.  His studies on the roles of different ion channels in axonal physiology and pathophysiology led to the development of nerve excitability testing as a non-invasive clinical tool to study nerve membrane function in patients.  He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 and awarded the Grey Walter Medal of the British Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists in 2009.  Since his official retirement in 2009, he has maintained research interests in nerve excitability, in applying a similar approach to the study of muscle membrane properties in channelopathies and other muscle disorders, and in using microneurography to study C fibers. His QTRAC threshold-tracking software, with the TROND protocol developed in 1999 with David Burke and Matthew Kiernan, is still the preferred tool for assessing nerve excitability properties in patients. It now incorporates an efficient MUNE option that works by fitting a probabilistic model to a CMAP scan.

David Burke
Professor of Neurology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney (Australia)

Early diagnosis of ALS: can we improve on the Awaji criteria?

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David Burke is Professor of Neurology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, University of Sydney, having previously held Chairs of Clinical Neurophysiology and of Neurology at the UNSW where he was Chairman of the Department of Neurology at the Prince Henry and Prince of Wales Hospitals for 11 years. He led one of the two research teams which formed the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute [renamed “NeuRA”] in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the Australian Academies of Science and of Technological Science & Engineering in 1995. In 2002 he moved to the University of Sydney as Dean of Research for the Health Faculties. He is a member of the Executive Committee of IFCN, was the previous Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Neurophysiology and is the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Neurophysiology Practice.

Jonathan Cole
Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital – Professor, University of Bournemouth (United Kingdom)

The neuroscience and experience of severe sensory loss

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Jonathan Cole is a consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at Poole Hospital and professor at the University of Bournemouth. His research has been in sensory loss and its consequences, motor control and in spinal cord injury and pain, tremor. His books include Pride and Daily Marathon (1995) and Losing Touch, (2016) on Ian Waterman who lives without touch and proprioception, and Still Lives (2004), on living with spinal cord injury. His other enduring interest is on the face and its relation to self. He has written About Face, (1998) and The Invisible Smile, (2008).

He is a past-President of the British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology, was Chair of the International Conference in Clinical Neurophysiology in 2006 and is at present Chair of the European Chapter of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology and its representative on the IFCN Executive.

Anna Kostera-Pruszczyk
Professor and Head of the Department of Neurology, Medical University of Warsaw (Poland)

The role of clinical neurophysiology in diagnosing neuromuscular diseases in children

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Piotr Olejniczak
Grace Benson Professor of Neurology (with tenure), LSUHSC Department of Neurology, New Orleans (USA)

Challenges of measurable signal and artifact identification in clinical neurophysiology

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Piotr Olejniczak, MD is the Grace Benson Professor of Neurology with tenure at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, and sleep medicine. He is currently the Director of the Epilepsy Center at the LSUHSC in New Orleans. Dr. Olejniczak also serves as Director of an ACGME accredited Clinical Neurophysiology Residency (fellowship) program at LSUHSC.

Dr. Olejniczak earned his medical degree and PhD from the MedicalSchool in Wroclaw, Poland. He completed his internship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, residency in neurology at the University of Cincinnati Hospital, and fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the LSUMedicalCenter in New Orleans. He is a former senior Fulbright scholar with fellowship in Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego in 1985/1986.

Dr. Olejniczak has written more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and reviews during his career. His research interests include applications of quantitative EEG and MRI analysis in clinical epileptology. He serves as an examiner for the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Olejniczak is a member of several organizations, including the AMA, AmericanAcademy of Neurology, and American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Walter Paulus
Chair and Clinical Director of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, University Medical Centre Göttingen (Germany)

Recipes for dealing with the reproducibility crisis in transcranial stimulation

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Walter Paulus is Chair and Clinical Director of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, University Medical Centre Göttingen, Germany since 1992. He started his career in neurology at the University Hospital for Neurology in Düsseldorf in 1978, spent 6 months at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London and worked at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich from 1984 to 1992. He mainly investigated motor cortex physiology by means of transcranial stimulation, further refined by co-application of CNS-active drugs in altogether some 600 publications. He was involved in the development of new stimulation methods for induction of neuroplasticity such as tDCS, tACS and tRNS. His clinical focus encompasses Parkinson’s disease, restless legs syndrome, epilepsy and pain. He is president of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Ivan Rektor
Masaryk University, First Dept. of Neurology, St. Anne’s Hospital and School of Medicine, Brno (Czech Republic)

Mozart effect in epilepsy: Why is Mozart better than Haydn? A SEEG study

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Prof. MUDr. Ivan Rektor, CSc, FCMA, FANA.

Masaryk University; First Department of Neurology, St. Anne’s Hospital and School of Medicine; Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC).
Head, Centre of Neuroscience; Co-ordinator, Brain and Mind Research Programme.
Research Group Leader, Multimodal and Functional Imaging.

Margitta Seeck
Full Professor of Neurology, Head of in- and outpatient Unit of the EEG and Epilepsy, University of Geneva (Switzerland)

Modern EEG diagnostics

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Margitta Seeck is full professor of Neurology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is director of the presurgical epilepsy program Geneva-Lausanne, which became a national and international reference center for difficult-to-treat epilepsies in adults and children. She also heads the in- and outpatient unit of the EEG and Epilepsy Unit of the University Hospital of Geneva which includes adult neurology patients but also pediatric and geriatric patients in close collaboration with the respective departments.

She is a member in the Editorial board of several journals, including Annals of Neurology, Epilepsy Research and Epilepsia, and is member of Swiss National Science foundation. Her main interests are epilepsy surgery, immunologically related epilepsies, cognitive aspects of epilepsy, neurophysiology of intracranial EEG recordings and fundamental aspects of EEG as well as EEG-based imaging. She is author of more than 230 papers in national and international journals, mainly on epilepsy and EEG and serves on several editorial boards of epilepsy journals, and is expert for the Swiss national science foundation and research agencies of several European and non-European countries. She is past president of the Swiss Neurophysiological Society where she is still actively involved in teaching of EEG and epileptology and board member of the Swiss Federation of Clinical Neurosciences and was appointed member the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.   

Ulf  Ziemann
Director of the Department Neurology and Stroke, Co-Director of the Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen (Germany)

Brain-state-dependent stimulation: a new era of therapeutic clinical neurophysiology

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Director of the Department Neurology & Stroke, and Co-Director of the Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen, Germany.
Research expertise: Human motor cortex, excitability, plasticity, motor learning, TMS, brain state-dependent stimulation, neuropharmacology, TMS-EEG. Current positions: Editor-in-Chief of “Clinical Neurophysiology”, member of ExCo of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN), Deputy Editor of “Brain Stimulation”, Associate Editor of “Journal of Neuroscience”. Awards: Richard-Jung Prize of the DGKN, NIH Merit Award, NIH Fellowship Award for Research Excellence.
Publications: 318 peer-reviewed publications, 38 book chapters, 6 Books, Cumulative IF: 1.526, Citations: 19.079, ISI h-index: 74.