Conference Keynote Speaker Announcement!

Our annual conference is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited!

The 13th Annual NNDC Conference will kick off on Tuesday September 21st from 11:30 pm ET – 5:30pm ET and wrap up the next day on Wednesday September 22nd from 1:00 pm ET – 6:30 pm ET. In case you haven’t heard, it’s virtual this year so you can join us wherever you are for as long as you can! Tickets are on sale now.

This year’s theme is “Transforming Science, Transforming Society” and we will feature a diverse range of topics and speakers from all around the world. Our first speaker is none other than Dr. Helen Mayberg of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She will join us for her keynote talk entitled “Next Generation Strategies to Optimize DBS for Depression: Leveraging Technological Advances towards Precision Care.”

Dr. Mayberg is known for her pioneering research on the brain circuitry of depression. Her career was launched in part by developing one of the first ‘network’ models for mood disorders and subsequently proposing a neurological view of mood disorders instead of a strict neurochemical view. From there, she dug deeper into her ‘network’ and ultimately discovered Brodmann area 25 (BA25), an area that impacts the amygdala, hippocampus, brain stem and more. Dr. Mayberg led a research team at the University of Toronto that tested the use of deep brain stimulation of BA25 in patients who struggled to respond to depression treatments. Now, as the Director of The Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics at Mount Sinai, Dr. Mayberg works with her team to develop more circuit-based strategies and helps provide precision neurological treatments for mood disorders. You can learn more about Dr. Mayberg here.

Please join us September 21st at 1:15 pm ET as we learn from Dr. Mayberg and take audience questions on the future of precision neurological treatment, her groundbreaking research, and more.

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