LSD is in the spotlight again

LSD is in the spotlight again. Recent trials are assessing the effectiveness of LSD as an antidepressant or an adjunctive drug in psychotherapy. However, surprisingly little is known on the effects of LSD on the autonomic nervous system in humans. This study sheds light on the association between LSD-related subjective experiences and autonomic sympathetic and parasympathetic function. Maybe it will be possible to stratify patients according to their electrophysiological profile before allocating them into a LSD treatment.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/psyp.13822

HRV might predict outcomes of ketamine infusions for treating depression

The vice president and president of IPEG have published this study as a collaboration between Charles University, Prague, and the University of Zurich. They show that heart rate and heart rate variability related parameters might predict outcomes of ketamine infusions for treating depression. Electrophysiology may play an important role in the search for predictive biomarkers of ketamine response. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S138824572100081X

BaCI Conference 2021

IPEG is pleased to inform you about the activities of our partner society BaCI.

The 5th BaCI International Conference (October 14-17, 2021) will go virtual.

The virtual conference will be a platform for the encounter of multimodal imaging with clinical challenges, as well as for an update on methodological advances in the field.

They will facilitate to our best the participation of researchers from many countries worldwide.

There will be a number of keynote lectures with renowned speakers, satellite symposia and training courses, and the poster session where participants will be able to present their own research.

In addition, the BaCI 2021 programme will include an early-career section to favor the active involvement of early-stage researchers in planning lectures, symposia, and workshops.

The conference is organized by the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Naples, Italy.

 

Scientific Committee:

Claudio Babiloni, Daniel Brandeis, Salvatore Campanella, Jens Haueisen, Bin He, Geertjan Huiskamp, Tetsuo Kobayashi, Christoph M. Michel, Sebastian Olbrich, Oliver Pogarell, Pedro Antonio Valdés-Sosa, Sebastian Walther, Dezhong Yao

Local organizing committee: Armida Mucci (president), Thomas Koenig (secretary), Brian Coffman, Giorgio Di Lorenzo, Giulia Maria Giordano, Barış Metin

 

Topics

  • EEG/MEG and brain imaging endophenotypes in precision medicine: standard and new findings
  • Clinical application of EEG/MEG and brain imaging findings
  • EEG/MEG and brain imaging biomarkers of conversion to psychosis and dementia
  • EEG/MEG and brain imaging biomarkers in children with cognitive disorders
  • Structural and functional brain connectivity measures
  • Progress and challenges in EEG/MEG source imaging
  • Neurophysiology of cognition and emotions
  • Neurostimulation and neuromodulation
  • Translational neurophysiology
  • Advances in the modeling of the brain activity
  • Multimodal neuroimaging: research and clinical application
  • Microstates, celebrating the first fifty years of a method of studying brain activity
  • EEG/MEG and brain imaging biomarkers of psychopathology: from basic to clinical neuroscience
  • Brain plasticity, basic and clinical imaging of disability
  • Innovations in brain activity (tele)monitoring

 

Important deadlines:

– Submission for Symposia: 31.5.2021

– Submission for Poster/Oral Communications: 30.6.2021

– Early Registration: 31.7.2021

– Late Registration (end date of registration): 30.9.2021

 

For more information, visit: https://www.baci2021.com (Not yet active)

 

Registration fees

 

Registration end dates Category Member of partner societies Non-member
Early registration Student/Low income 50 70
(31.7.2021) Other 100 140
 

 

Late registration Student/Low income 100 140
(30.9.2021) Other 180 250

 

Electrical Source Imaging in Freely Moving Rats:

Evaluation of a 12-Electrode Cortical EEG System

The team from the National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic, has localized EEG sources in rat’s brain cortical and subcortical regions using data from a computational model, physical phantom and from real 12-electrode rat cortical EEG recordings. This work establishes a strong basis for a reliable electrical source imaging methodology for preclinical rat model studies, which may serve as a powerful tool for the in vivo study of brain activity. Direct link to the article: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fninf.2020.589228/full

Prediction in the treatment of mental disorders

The usage of EEG for stratified psychiatry

You can read the editorial here

Editorial by S. Olbrich and M. Brunovsky (President and Vice President of the IPEG)

Cordance during Sleep indicates if you need to switch Antidepressants

Dr Mikoteit, Dr Zeising et al. have discovered that measuring brainwaves produced during REM sleep can predict whether a patient will respond to treatment from depression. Precisely prefrontal theta cordance has been calculated during REM sleep.

Those patients who were unlikely to have successful treatment – based on the prefrontal theta cordance value – were immediately switched to a different treatment. After 5 weeks it was found that 87.5% of these patients had an improved response, as opposed to just 20% in the control group.

This work is presented at the ECNP Congress. Read More

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Clinical EEG and Research

The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected the economy, daily life, and mental/physical health. The latter includes the use of electroencephalography (EEG) in clinical practice and research.

You may find a survey of the impact of COVID-19 on the use of clinical EEG in practice and research in several countries, and the recommendations of an international panel of experts for the safe application of EEG during and after this pandemic: here