QEEG & ERP Advanced Course

11. Nov – 15. Nov 2017, 1070 Vienna (AT)

QEEG, Event related potentials and Neurotherapy

Target mental disorders with biomarkers for a more personalized treatment.

In Theory and Practice: Five-Day Workshop

After attending the course you will be able to: At the end of the course you will be able to record and analyse QEEGs and ERPs by yourself and know how to make use of biomarkers in order to make a more precise diagnosis and to treat your patients more effectively.

Target Groups: Neurologists, psychiatrists, child- and adolescent psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, psychotherapists, MDs, pediatricians, occupational therapists, Neurofeedback therapists, school psychologists

Course Content

The goal of the workshop is to teach attendees how to improve their diagnostic and treatment tools by using a newly emerged technology of Quantitative EEG, event related potentials and neurotherapy. Attendees will learn about neuromarkers in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as depression, anxiety, stroke, PTSD and others. Attendees are welcome to bring cases of their own patients to be discussed in the course.

Course language

English

After attending the course you will be able to

At the end of the course you will be able to identify and make use of biomarkers for the various disorders in order to make a more precise diagnosis and to treat your patients more effectively. You will be able to select effective (non-pharmacological) treatment protocols.

This is what you will learn

  • Neuronal basics of brain rhythm generation
  • Methods of EEG recording and montaging
  • Artifact correction
  • Distinguishing pathological EEG patterns by means of visual inspection and automated tools
  • Brainmapping
  • QEEG biomarkers in healthy population and in brain disorders
  • Recording of evoked potentials
  • Association of ERP components with functioning of brain systems
  • Supporting diagnosis of brain disorders with ERP biomarkers
  • Introduction to methods of neurotherapy (Neurofeedback, tDCS)
  • Making and interpreting reports

In the practicum examples of EEG records of patients will be computed and the data will be compared to the HBI reference database. Biomarkers will be identified and personalized treatment protocols will be constructed.

Each day will consist of two parts, theory and practice:

  • Morning: Lectures on theory
  • Afternoon: Practium. Participants will receive EEG records of patient EEGs and will analyse and compare these to the reference database.

Preparation

For maximum learning efficiency, we strongly recommend to read the book “Quantitative EEG, event related potentials and neurotherapy” by Jury D. Kropotov prior to the course.

ISBN 978-0123745125

Equipment for Practicum

Attendees will be supplied with equipment for working in groups of two persons and with an educational software package and EEG files from the HBI (Human Brain Index) reference database. The hardware and the reference database are approved as medical devices.The QEEG equipment, caps, electrodes, supplies, etc. will be supplied by us.

Short final exam

At the end of the course there will be a short multiple-choice-test.

Certificate

After the course you will receive a HBImed certificate of completion/attendance.

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in and out each day, attended the entire seminar and completed an evaluation, in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance. All questionaries have to be returned completed.

Day 1

Morning

Topics:  Methods of assessing neuromarkers

  • Concept of the neuromarker and it´s relation to concepts of biomarker and endophenotype
  • Steps of introducing neuromarkers into clinical practice
  • Psychometrics and neuropsychological assessment
  • fMRI and local blood flow
  • PET and neurotransmitters
  • Clinical and quantitative EEG
  • Event related potentials

Educational objective:  Understand the foundations of methods for assessing neuromarkers in clinical practice, namely:

  1. Basic concepts of neuropsychology, fMRI and psychometrics
  2. Methods of  clinical EEG, QEEG and event related potentials

Procedure: Lecture (Power Point presentation is supplied)

Afternoon

Topics:

  • Recording a 19-channel EEG in resting state (eyes open and eyes closed conditions, during hyperventilation)
  • Visual inspection of the EEG recording
  • Artifact correction
  • Automated spike detection

Educational objective:

  1. to place electrodes on the patients´ head according to 10-20 system
  2. to start, to end and to store an EEG recording
  3. to be able to use the built-in user database to manage the datasets
  4. to remontage the recording.

Procedure: The attendees will be divided into groups. Each group will be supplied with hardware/software for recording and analysis. One of the attendees will serve as a subject (to be recorded) while the others will do recording.

Day 2

Morning

Topics: Neuromarkers of brain self-regulation

  • Slow and infra-slow oscillations in fMRI and electrophysiology
  • Mechanisms of generation of alpha, beta and theta EEG rhythms
  • Independent component analysis in EEG
  • Visualization methods in EEG: LORETA and sLORETA
  • Test-retest reliability of QEEG parameters
  • Heritability of EEG parameters
  • Age dependence of QEEG parameters

Educational objectives: Understand neurophysiolgical mechanisms of cortica lself-reguation, including

  1. EEG infraslow rhythms
  2. EEG theta, alpha and beta rhythms

Learn about:

  1. Fourier analysis for studying rhythms. Spectra and coherence.
  2. Test-retest reliability, heritability an age dependence of EEG rhythms.

Procedure: Lecture.

Afternoon

Topics:

  • Spectral and coherence analysis of EEG recorded on the first day
  • Comparing spectral characteristics of recorded EEG with the normative data of the HBI reference database.

Educational objectives:

  1. To remontage the recording into the HBI database montage
  2. To perform spectral analysis
  3. To compare the results of the analysis with the HBI database
  4. To make interpretations of the results.

Procedure: The attendees will be divided into groups. Each group will be supplied with software for analysis. The analysis of EEG of the subjects recorded on the first day will be done. Spectra, theta/beta ratios, asymmetry maps for EEGs recorded on the first day will be computed and analyzed.

Day 3

Morning

Topics: Neuromarkers of information flow within the brain (part 1).

  • Decomposing ERPs into independent components
  • Functional meaning of some independent components
  • Sensory and attentional systems and their functional indexes.  Dyslexia and autism
  • ERP independent components of the executive system.  ADHD and schizophrenia
  • Visualization methods in ERP: LORETA and sLORETA
  • Test-retest reliability of ERP Parameters
  • Heritability of ERP parameters
  • Age dependence of ERP parameters

Educational objectives: To learn about structural and functional organization of the brain systems.  To learn about ERP indexes of information flow in these Systems. To learn about independent components of mismatch negativity, P3b, P3 novelty, N2 and P3 NOGO waves.

Procedure: Lecture

Afternoon

Topics:

  • Recording of EEG in Visual Continuous Performance Task (VCPT)
  • Preprocessing of EEG
  • Computing ERPs by averaging technique
  • Comparison of behavioral parameters (omission and commission errors, latencies and variances of responses) with the normative data of the HBI database
  • Comparison of ERPs with the HBI database

Educational objectives:

  1. To use Psytask software for presenting tasks provided with the HBI database
  2. To record EEG in one of the tasks (such as VCPT)
  3. To compute ERPs and behavioral parameters
  4. To analyze ERPs visually and to make maps of ERPs waves, and
  5. to compare ERPs with the HBI reference database.

Procedure: The attendees will be divided into groups. Each group will be supplied with hardware/software for recording and analysis. One of the attendees will serve as a subject (to be recorded) while the others will do recording. An EEG in the VCPT task will be recorded and analyzed.

Day 4

Morning

Topics: Neuromarkers of information flow within the brain (Part 2)

  1. Affective system and its functional neuromarkers. Depression.
  2. Stress system of the brain and its relation to anxiety and PTSD.
  3. Memory systems of the brain and their dysfunction in dementia.
  4. Functional neuromarkers of stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Educational objectives: To learn about affective and memory systems of the brain. To learn about functional neuromarkers of these systems in healthy and diseased brains. To learn about changes in the functional brain induced by stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Procedure: Lecture

Afternoon

Topics:

  • Analysis of EEG records made during the first days
  • Constructing neurotherapy protocols for peak performance by using the recorded EEG files
  • Analysis of EEG records of patients from the HBI reference database
  • Constructing neurotherapy protocols for treatment

Educational objective: to use the HBI reference database for constructing  protocols of neurotherapy.

Procedure: The attendees will be divided into groups. Each group will be supplied with an HBI database. The records made during the first days will be analyzed and neurofeedback protocols for peak performance will be suggested. Several records of patients of the HBI database will be analyzed.

Day 5

Morning

Topics: Methods of treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

  • Pharmacological approach
  • Neurosurgery and psychosurgery
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
  • Tanscranial Alternative Current Stimulation
  • Neurofeedback

Educational objectives: To learn about conventional treatment methods in psychiatry and neurology including pharmacology, psychosurgery, DBS and TMS. To learn about methods of neurotherapy including QEEG-based neurofeedback, s-LORETA neurofeedback, ICA-neurofeedback, ERP-based neurofeedback, TMS and tDCS

Procedure: Lecture.

At the end the attendees will be given a written multi-choice examination to test the knowledge they have obtained during the workshop.

Prof. Dr. Juri Kropotov

USSR State Prize Winner, Director of laboratory of the Institute of the Human Brain of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia Professor II of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim, Norway

Prof. Jury Kropotov is a leading and worldwide renowned scientist in the field of quantitative EEG, evoked potentials, neurophysiology and neurotherapy.

Course location

The course will take place at the hotel “Wien Arcotel Wimberger”.

Address:
Wien Arcotel Wimberger
Neubaugürtel 34-36
1070 Wien
Austria
http://www.arcotelhotels.com/de/wimberger_hotel_wien/ueber_unser_hotel/

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Lodging

Until 5 weeks  before the course we have reserved a limited contingent of single rooms at a special price . The hotel room has to be booked directly with the hotel, since the hotel needs to have the credit card information.

To get the special rate from the hotel, you need to have a password, which you can request from us after sign in for the course.

Rooms from our contingent are only als long available as suppy lasts!

 

Prices

*Early bird rate: Save up to € 200.- !

  • Sign up before May 2017 and payment received until May 15th 2017: € 1290.-
  • Sign up before June 2017 and payment received until June 30th 2017: € 1390.-
Course fee (For 5 day(s)) 1.490,00 €
Partner discount: Price for the second & every further person *) 1.390,00 €
Price Early Bird (for sign-ups until incl. 15.05.2017) *) 1.290,00 €
Price for single course day *) 320,00 €

*) Per person only one discount possible. Discounts cannot be cumulated. For single course days no discounts.

Included in the course fee:

  • Lunch for all five days, excl. extra drinks
  • Snacks and beverages in breaks, unlimited coffee
  • Course material (booklet with all slides as well as CD)

Lodging: Please contact us in case you need help with booking accommodation. A hotel room is not included in the course fee.

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