CIMeC - Center for Mind/Brain Sciences

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Mission

The Transcranial Brain Stimulation (TBS) lab, operational since 2006, is a Research Facility providing cutting edge scientific and technical support in the application of non-invasive TBS techniques (TMS and tES) and in the combination of TBS with other imaging techniques (e.g., TMS-EEG).
People from TBS lab have an extensive experience in the development and application of paradigms using these techniques in the cognitive neuroscience field, and in the basic neurophysiological co-registration approach. The TBS lab has contributed to define international guidelines in these fields of research.
TBS lab is also pursuing translational research between plasticity studies in the laboratory and real world interventions in the field of clinical neurorehabilitation.
The facility provides professional consultation, support on experimental design, training and project execution.

Resources  

TBS lab has appropriate spaces to run experiments in Mattarello and Rovereto (CeRiN). One, of the two rooms, is provided with a silent booth and preparation space for EEG recordings. The Facility is endowed with several state-of-the-art devices necessary for:

  • TMS stimulation;
  • tES stimulation;
  • Neuronavigation (SofTaxic);
  • EMG, EEG, ECG recording;
  • EEG recordings and analysis with TMS-EEG coregistration;
  • Nerve stimulation;
  • Software and computers for stimuli presentation;
  • Software for bio-electromagneticalmodeling (SimNIBS).

Services offered

TBS provides the following services:

  • Technical consultation and support for TBS protocols and experimental design;
  • Training and courses for TMS, tES and TMS-EEG co-registration;
  • Promotion activities;
  • Facility management-

On a case-by-case TBS shall combine the resources needed for a specific task (equipment, personnel and consumable), therefore customize a package.

Staff 

Contacts

The TBS Lab is situated in via delle Regole 101, 38123 Mattarello (Tn). For any inquiry send an email to the tbs-lab@unitn.it

Links

See the following Wiki link

How to propose your project     

At least one of the researchers involved in a TMS/tES study should be intimately familiar with the TMS/tES techniques. The following is a schedule for a PI who wishes to start a TMS/tES experiment:

  1. (Optional but recommended) preliminary informal discussion with the Lab Responsible;
  2. Choose a LNiF PI;
  3. Send the form of request for approval to CIMeC email address at least 3 weeks before the foreseen submission to the Ethical Committee. Only after having received this document the Director will sign the attachment “Dichiarazione di disponibilità di tempo, risorse e personale”;
  4. Base on your proposal you might need to submit your project to the Responsible Physician for his/her check;
  5. Give a Project Proposal Presentation for technical and scientific feedback;
  6. Obtain Ethical Committee Approval for the project;
  7. Communicate to Ethical Committee and Admin the starting date of your project;
  8. Send Ethical Committee and Admin updated versions in case of request for extensions or project's changes (involved people, n. of subjects). Note that if you are going to ask for an extension of the number of subjects and your project is using CIMeC's funds, you must ask in advance for the Director's authorization for the extension of your budget;
  9. After the end of the project, show the scientific results of the research project, by handing in a written report and by giving a presentation Project Results Presentation;
  10. Please note that access to the CeRiN lab must be discussed before any proposal with the Director of the CeRiN.