Zap My Brain Sydney

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Zap My Brain Sydney

21st July 2016



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Can zapping my brain make me smarter? A faster thinker? Better at maths…or computer games? Would it improve my memory? Can it cure my depression? Is it safe?

Find out at Zap My Brain Sydney

  • see a demonstration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and hear about the physical experience
  • find out how brain-tech companies are driving rapid development of brain stimulation devices
  • learn how scientists use techniques like TMS and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to understand the brain
  • hear from DIYers, amateur scientists experimenting with tDCS in the comfort of their own homes — is it safe? is it science?
  • discuss the ethics of electrodoping
  • learn about neuroplasticity and how brain stimulation works …or doesn’t.
  • discover how brain stimulation may one day be used to treat disorders like depression at home

Our experts include:

  • Professor Colleen Loo – a psychiatrist at University of New South Wales and The Black Dog Institute, who leads a large international study on using brain stimulation to treat depression
  • Professor Marom Bikson, by video link – a biomedical engineer at CUNY in New York, and co-founder and CEO of Soterix Medical Inc. Marom has been instrumental in developing the technology, and has a vision for remotely supervised clinical use of brain stimulation
  • Mr Peter Simpson-Young, a home-user of the technology, currently studying for a Masters of Health Technology Innovation. Peter addresses the different motivations for home use, autonomy, safety, and social impact.
  • Dr Cynthia Forlini, a University of Sydney bioethicist, studying how emerging neurotechnologies are viewed and used by the public, and whether the development trajectory is what they want.

MC: the inimitable Bernie Hobbs, award-winning science writer and broadcaster with ABC Science Online

When: 21 July 2015, 6 – 7.30pm  (refreshments from 5:30pm)

Where: Nursing Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney, 88 Mallett St, Camperdown NSW 2050.

Cost: free (but register for a ticket as seats are limited)

Please send in your questions via Twitter #braindialogue or email We will also take questions live on the night.

Organised by The Brain Dialogue, an initiative of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function

Hosted by The Brain Dialogue and Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney.

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