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Poster abstract submission deadline: 6 September 2024

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All abstracts will be reviewed by the Committee to ensure that the topic of the submission is consistent with the scope of the topics covered at the meeting.

Once the abstract is accepted, at least one of the authors must register for and present at the conference.

A condition of submission is that, if accepted, the talk or poster will be presented at the conference by one of the authors.

Successfully submitted abstracts will be acknowledged with an electronic receipt including an abstract reference number, which should be quoted in all correspondence. Allow at least 2 hours  your receipt to be returned to you.

For revisions or queries regarding papers already submitted

If you do not receive acknowledgment for your abstract submission or you wish to make any essential revisions to an abstract already submitted, please do not resubmit your abstract, as this may lead to duplication. Please email [email protected](opens in new tab/window) with details of any revisions or queries. Please quote your reference number if you have one.

Please do not email credit card information under any circumstances.

Conference topics

Topics will include:

  • Animal models

  • Basic neuroscience

  • Brain-computer interface

  • Clinical neurological applications

  • Clinical psychiatric applications

  • Closed-loop or responsive stimulation

  • Cognitive and affective neuroscience

  • Combining brain stimulation methods with brain imaging

  • Computer modeling of brain stimulation methods

  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS)

  • EEG-synchronization

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

  • Focal pharmacology

  • Neuronavigation

  • Neurophysiology

  • Neuroprostheses

  • Neurorehabilitation

  • Novel neuromodulation techniques

  • Plasticity of the nervous system

  • Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS)

  • Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

  • Transcranial pulsed ultrasound (tPUS)

  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

Call for Symposia

The Program Committee is issuing a call for symposia. The first five International Brain Stimulation Conferences were successful due, in part, to outstanding symposia. We will continue and expand on this tradition in Kobe, creating a meeting that remains true to the multidisciplinary mission of our official journal, Brain Stimulation.

The program will likely include 30 distinct 2-hour symposia, along with 12 plenary lectures, 3 poster sessions, and Meet the Expert workshops.

How to Propose a Symposium

Each regular symposium is two hours long and should involve no more or less than four speakers. Typically, the organizer summarizes the symposium theme for 5 minutes, followed by four speakers of 20 minutes each, leaving time for questions and audience participation. Symposium organizers may also be one of the 4 speakers. We invite symposia submissions from everyone, including Deputy Editors.

The deadline to submit a symposium is 6 September 2024.

Symposium organizers are encouraged to contact members of the Scientific Program Committee to discuss potential symposia, but all discussions are non-binding until after the September deadline and the final program is decided. Email: [email protected].(opens in new tab/window)

The Program Committee will give priority to symposia that reflect themes of deep interest to the brain stimulation community and do not duplicate other proposals.  Consideration will also be given to gender, geographic, and age-into-career diversity, as well as diversity in the technologies examined. For example, a symposium about TMS as an antidepressant, with an organizer and four speakers who are all men that are senior in their career and come from Charleston, SC, would receive lower priority than would a proposal from a mixture of men and women, some junior in their career, from different countries, tackling not just depression trials, but a topic that transcends TMS and depression, such as durability of TMS effects across different conditions, and includes a talk involving animal studies or basic mechanisms.

At the last three International Brain Stimulation Conferences, we received more outstanding symposia proposals than could be accommodated in the program. As an experiment, we introduced “Fast Track Symposia,” where two symposia, addressing similar topics, were combined into one two-hour slot (i.e., 8 speakers, each 15 minutes). These symposia proved popular and were well attended. If necessary, for the Kobe meeting, we will offer the same solution to specific symposium organizers.

For the 5th International Brain Stimulation Meeting in Portugal, we initiated on-demand symposia, which were highly successful. We are continuing to offer these symposia, with some modifications to make them even more accessible and interactive. We will also continue with Regular and Fast-Track symposium. In order to be more equitable and stay within the conference budget, we are reducing but not eliminating the registration fee for all symposium presenters, including the on-demand symposia. All symposia presenters will pay a reduced registration fee to attend the conference.

Symposium presenter registration fee: $350 + 10% VAT

Summary of the types of symposia available at the conference:

Regular Symposium – Duration: 2 hours, Number of presenters: 4, presentations given live and in person at the conference. 

Fast-Track Symposium - Duration: 2 hours, Number of presenters: 8, presentations given live and in person at the conference. 

On-Demand Symposium – Duration: 20-minute recordings of presentations plus poster session at the conference, Number of presenters: 4, presentations recorded by individual presenters and made available in the conference online platform and app, plus four posters grouped together live and in person at the conference.

How to Submit a Symposium

The symposium organiser will be responsible for submitting the four abstracts that make up their symposium via our online system(opens in new tab/window).

To assist with this process, symposium organisers should download the template submission form here (opens in new tab/window)and ask their presenters to complete the form with the details of their abstract. Once the symposium organiser has collected all four abstracts, they should proceed to the online submission form to submit each of the abstracts in their symposium.

At the beginning of each abstract submission, the symposium organiser will be asked to enter the title of their symposium and their symposium description. This will ensure the individual abstracts are matched to the correct symposium.

The text to describe the symposium is unstructured but would likely include a few sentences describing the background and why the question is important.

If symposium organisers require any assistance with their submissions, they should email: [email protected](opens in new tab/window)

We look forward to receiving many outstanding symposia proposals. Think broadly and creatively about the deep, controversial, or hot new issues in our field and let us have a great meeting in Kobe. We look forward to seeing you there!


International Brain Stimulation Award

Nomination deadline: 1 June 2024

Previous winners:

  • 2017, Barcelona, Spain - Anthony T. Barker

  • 2019, Vancouver, Canada - Mark Hallett

  • 2021, Charleston, USA - Alim-Louis Benabid

  • 2023, Portugal, Lisbon - John Rothwell

The International Brain Stimulation Award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the field of brain stimulation.  These contributions can be in basic, translational, and/or clinical aspects of neuromodulation, and have had a profound influence in shaping the field. Any one in our field can nominate a candidate for this award. The nominees will be considered by the Senior Editors and Deputy Editors of Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation. None of the current senior or deputy editors can themselves be considered for this award. This award comes with a monetary prize and a memorial sculpture.

We invite the entire brain stimulation community to suggest candidates for this award. Please e-mail the award committee with your thoughts to [email protected](opens in new tab/window), using the subject line ‘2025 International Brain Stimulation Award’. You can simply suggest a name, without any commentary or justification, or you can provide a justification.  Regardless, these nominations will be collated, counted, and shared with the award committee.  Your input is greatly appreciated and will likely influence the award selection.  The deadline for nominations is 1 June 2024. Please mention in your email that your nomination is for the 2025 International Brain Stimulation Award.

For all awards, recipients are selected by the Senior Editors and Deputy Editors of Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation, with consideration given to the diversity of the meeting. The financial aspects of these awards are supported by Elsevier Inc.

International Brain Stimulation Early Career Award

Application deadline 2 August 2024

Previous winners:

  • 2021, Charleston, USA - Michael D. Fox

  • 2023, Portugal, Lisbon - Colleen A. Hanlon

The International Brain Stimulation Early Career Award recognizes the impact on the field of neuromodulation of an individual early in their career.  The awardee must be 15 years or less since last academic degree or fellowship, and will be selected on the basis of outstanding contributions to the field of brain stimulation, whether in basic, translational and/or clinical research.  

Applicants should submit a synopsis of their contributions (≤ 600 words), a list of 5 most important references relevant to the field of brain stimulation, and 2 letters of support from outside their institution. All submissions will be electronic and submitted to the email address, [email protected](opens in new tab/window) (opens in new tab/window), with the subject line “2025 International Brain Stimulation Early Career Award”.  The awardee will be invited to present a plenary lecture at the Japan meeting, and will receive a certificate, travel expenses, and a cash prize.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 2 August 2024.

For all awards, recipients are selected by the Senior Editors and Deputy Editors of Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation, with consideration given to the diversity of the meeting. The financial aspects of these awards are supported by Elsevier Inc.

International Brain Stimulation Best Poster Awards

The International Brain Stimulation Best Poster Awards were first given at the inaugural 2015 meeting in Singapore.  At each of the three poster sessions, one poster will be selected for this award.  The poster presenter will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $500 (US).

For all awards, recipients are selected by the Senior Editors and Deputy Editors of Brain Stimulation: Basic, Translational and Clinical Research in Neuromodulation, with consideration given to the diversity of the meeting. The financial aspects of these awards are supported by Elsevier Inc.

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