Neuroscience Teaching Day Workshop

Advances in Neuromodulation and Robotics in Geriatric Psychiatry

March 15, 2018
8:15 AM–12:30 PM

PROGRAM CHAIR: Howard Aizenstein, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA


Advances in Neurostimulation for Depression in Older Adults
Daniel Blumberger, MD
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada 

Alternative Neuromodulation Therapies for Depression: Special Adaptations for Older Patients
Ian A. Cook, MD
UCLA Brain Research Institute
Los Angeles, CA

Technology and dementia: How can intelligent systems support older adults with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and their caregivers?
Nilanjan Sarkar, PhD
Vanderbilt University School of Engineering
Nashville, TN


  • To learn about the mechanisms and types of neuromodulation that have been studied in depressed older adults.
  • To understand the current clinical state-of-the-art for the various neuromodulatory modalities in older adults.
  • To appreciate the potential role of intelligent systems in the support and care of individuals with dementia.


The management of late-life depression faces challenges both of treatment resistance and of medication intolerance. In recent years, this situation has been improved by advances in neuromodulation treatments. Dr. Blumberger will discuss mechanisms and clinical state-of-the-art of traditional neurostimulation approaches, including repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), magnetic seizure therapy (MST) and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). There have also been advances in alternative neuromodulatory approaches. These include synchronized TMS (sTMS), low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS), external trigeminal nerve stimulation (eTNS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), and others. These low-energy approaches offer the potential adaptation to wearable technology or in-home use, which could be particularly useful in mobility impaired older adults. Dr. Cook will review these alternative approaches. 

As neuroscientists are developing effective treatments and ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, researchers are also looking for ways to care for the affected individuals and support their caregivers from an engineering perspective. Technological advancements in areas such as sensor networks, robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality are providing insights into new ways to address the needs of both older adults with dementia and their caregivers. To date, a number of intelligent systems have been developed to guide older adults with dementia through activities of daily living, support their communication with families and caregivers, assess their cognitive abilities, and involve them in various leisure activities. In this presentation Dr. Sarkar will focus on the role and strength of intelligent systems in this field as well as what could possibly lie in the future.

Register early and save!

Early-Bird registration – on or before January 16, 2018:
AAGP members: $165
Nonmembers: $245

After January 16, 2018:
AAGP members: $185
Nonmembers: $275

The Neuroscience Teaching Day Workshop is a specially ticketed event held in conjunction with the AAGP 2018 Annual Meeting. To register, go to 2018 Annual Meeting Registration.

CME Accreditation
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Amedco and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Amedco is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

Designations of Credit
Amedco designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.