Brain Stimulation Special Interest Group (BS-SIG)

Working Group Leaders

Yoshikazu Ugawa

Yoshikazu Ugawa

Working Group Leader

Professor and Director
Department of Neuro-regeneration
Fukushima Medical University
Fukushima, Japan

Andres Lozano

Andres Lozano

Working Group Leader

University Professor and Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery
University of Toronto, Canada

Holly Lisanby

Sarah Hollingsworth "Holly" Lisanby

Working Group Leader

Director, Noninvasive Neuromodulation Unit, Intramural Research Program
Bethesda, USA

Welcome to the Brain Stimulation Special Interest Group (BS-SIG), formerly called the Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation SIG (NBS-SIG), founded in 2018. In order to further extend our membership interests, in late 2021, IFCN broadened the NBS-SIG’s original name to Brain Stimulation SIG (BS-SIG). Professor Andres Lozano and Professor Sarah Hollingsworth (Holly) Lisanby have kindly agreed to join Professor Yoshikazu (Kaz) Ugawa as Working Group Co-leaders of the SIG to extend the focus into neurosurgical and psychiatric topics.

History of the SIG

 In 2018, the Executive Committee of  IFCN  committed Prof. Yoshikazu Ugawa (Department of Neuro-regeneration, Fukushima Medical University, Japan) and Prof. Walter Paulus (Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Göttingen, Germany) to lead activities of a new Special Interest Group (SIG) on non-invasive brain stimulation (NBS) techniques, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct and alternating current stimulation (tDCS, tACS) as well as static magnetic stimulation, ultrasound stimulation and others, with in the beginning around 50 international experts for the development of new stimulation methods or new clinical application of NBS, and also the propaganda of established techniques of NBS (CMCT, SICI, SIF, SICF, CBI and others) in Clinical Neurophysiology. During the 31st International Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology (ICCN2018) held in Washington DC (USA, May 4, 2018), a small session of the SIG on NBS focused on the spinal cord plasticity induction methods. Two speakers gave presentations about spinal cord plasticity induction.

Looking to the Future: Brain Stimulation SIG at ICCN 2022

A number of sessions at ICCN, set for September 2022 in Geneva, have already been accepted in the first application round, including the following:  

  • Entrainment of oscillatory activity within large-scale neuronal networks by frequency-modulated neuromodulation and memory
  • Overview of QPS: past, present and future
  • Guideline for TUS (transcranial ultrasound stimulation)

Space availability will allow a larger SIG meeting during ICCN 2022 similar to the SIG’s 7th Annual Conference on NIBS in Baden-Baden, Germany, in 2020 (see presentation archive). For ICCN 2022, proposals have been submitted for all areas of Brain Stimulation such as new BS methods, Static Magnetic Stimulation, Ultrasound Stimulation and Transcutaneous Vagal Nerve Stimulation (tVNS) in addition to TMS, tDCS, tACS in NBS. We will also include DBS, subdural stimulation, and vagal nerve stimulation in invasive stimulation.  This reflects the broader focus of the BS-SIG to better meet the needs of the clinical neurophysiology field and allied practitioners in neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery.

Meeting Minutes

For past SIG meeting minutes and a list of this Group’s founding and current members please email IFCN at