Introduction to Transcranial Current Stimulation (tCS) in Neuropsychiatric Research

CNBS offers the Transcranial Current Stimulation (tCS) Course three times per year.

Transcranial Current Stimulation (tCS) is an approach for noninvasive brain stimulation with strong potentiality in the field of medical and neuroscientific research. Its first and most widely used representative, transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), was first established in neuroscience research in the 1950’s and 60’s, but has seen rapid growth particularly in the last 5 years. Other techniques for tCS, such as transcranial Alternate Current Stimulation (tACS) and transcranial Random Noise Stimulation (tRNS) have been also developed during the last decade, providing a varied set of tools for clinicians and researchers. The intent of this 3-day intensive preceptorship experience is to familiarize participants with the fundamentals of the theoretical and practical aspects of tCS. The theoretical considerations will include lectures on safety, mechanisms of action, and previous application in research settings. The practical considerations will include sessions on device set-up and parameters for experimental utilization. Regulatory aspects of the use of tCS in research, with a particular focus on tDCS, will also be addressed.

For more information or to inquire about registration, please contact Alisha Wilkinson at arwilkin@bidmc.harvard.edu

2016 Dates

  • October 31 - November 1, 2016

2017 Dates

  • March 6-8, 2017
  • June 26-28, 2017
  • October 30-November 1, 2017

Cost and Accommodations

Tuition for this 2-day tDCS course is $1,500.

Please note, the course will be expanded to 3 days in 2017. Cost of tuition will increase to $2,100 for all 2017 courses

**Prices subject to change**

Accommodations are not included; however, a discounted rate is available for a limited number of rooms at Inn at Longwood Medical.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior. “No shows”are subject to the full course fee.

Accreditation Statement

PHYSICIANS: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at: http://www.eaccme.eu.

*Note: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is calculated based on submission of a preliminary agenda and may be subject to change.


The Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - East Campus, Kirstein Building, 1st Floor, Room 158, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.