Keynote Speaker

Surjo Soekadar

Portrait Prof. Dr. med. Surjo Soekadar

Synchronizing the Pulse of Mind and Machine: Real-Time Functional Imaging and Closed-Loop Neuromodulation

Moving beyond observation, real-time functional imaging allows not only for novel neurofeedback paradigms but also for innovative closed-loop approaches based on electric or magnetic neuromodulation. While opening various avenues for personalized interventions and treatments, establishing these approaches is technically very challenging because stimulation artifacts impede reliable assessment of brain activity. This is particularly true when using established non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques due to their limited focality and required stimulation intensities. This key-note lecture will provide an overview of how these challenges can be addressed through advancements in neuroimaging technology and signal processing techniques. Moreover, recent strides in the development of more targeted and precise NIBS methodologies will be introduced. Finally, clinical applications will be explored emphasizing the potential for improved patient outcomes and quality of life. Additionally, the lecture will touch upon the evolving ethical considerations and regulatory frameworks associated with the clinical deployment of these cutting-edge technologies, highlighting the importance of a balanced and patient-centered approach. 


Surjo R. Soekadar, MD, is Einstein Professor of Clinical Neurotechnology at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. From 2009 - 2011, he was fellow at the Human Cortical Physiology and Stroke Neurorehabilititation Section (HCPS) at the NIH, USA. After his return to Germany, he became head of the Applied Neurotechnology Lab at the University Hospital of Tübingen, where he also served as senior consultant in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. His research interests include cortical plasticity in the context of brain-computer interface (BCI) applications, non-invasive neuromodulation and neural mechanisms of learning and memory. He and his team demonstrated for the first time that patients with high cervical spinal cord injury and complete finger paralysis can eat and drink independently using a non-invasive brain/neural-controlled hand exoskeleton in an outside restaurant. Dr. Soekadar received various prizes such as the NIH-DFG Research Career Transition Award (2009), the NIH Fellows' Award for Research Excellence (2011), the international BCI Research Award 2012, and the Biomag 2014 and NARSAD 2017 Young Investigator Awards. Besides an ERC Starting Grant to develop the next-generation brain/neural-machine interfaces for restoration of brain functions, he also received an ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant and Consolidator Grant dealing with closed-loop neuromodulation and the development of a bidirectional quantum-BCI.

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    Pre-conference workshops

    Preliminary workshop program now available! 

    Sunday – November 3, 2024
    09:00Registration open (Mannheim)
    10:00 - 12:00WorkshopWorkshop
    12:00 - 13:00Lunch break
    13:00 - 14:30Workshop Workshop 
    14:30 - 15:00Coffee break
    15:00 - 16:30WorkshopWorkshop
    17:30Social event
    Monday – November 4, 2024
    08:30Registration open (Mannheim)
    09:00 - 12:00WorkshopWorkshop




    Monday – November 4, 2024
    13:00Registration open (Heidelberg)
    14:00 - 14:30Welcome adress
    14:30 - 16:00SymposiumSymposium
    16:00 - 16:30Coffee break
    16:30 - 18:00Keynote 1
    19:00Social event
    Tuesday – November 5, 2024
    08:00Registration open (Heidelberg)
    08:30 - 10:00SymposiumSymposium
    10:00 - 12:00Poster session 1
    12:00 - 13:30Lunch break
    13:30 - 14:30Keynote 2
    14:30 - 16:00SymposiumSymposium
    16:00 - 16:30Coffee break
    16:30 - 18:00SymposiumSymposium
    18:30 - 19:00Public Lecture (Alte Aula, Heidelberg University)
    19:00Conference Dinner
    Wednesday – November 6, 2024
    08:00Registration open (Heidelberg)
    08:30 - 10:00SymposiumSymposium
    10:00 - 12:00Poster session 2
    12:00 - 13:30Lunch break
    13:30 - 14:30Panel discussion
    14:30 - 15:30Keynote 3
    15:30 - 16:00Closing remarks