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Scientific Review Committee:
Eric Sellers
Dean Salisbury
Oliver Pogarell
Silvana Galderisi
Wolfgang Skrandies

Joint Meeting of ECNS / ISBET / ISNIP / EPIC
Bristol TN
Wednesday September 12 - Sunday September 16, 2012

Four International Brain Imaging Societies will hold their first joint meeting this year.  The EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ECNS) and the International Society for Brain Electromagnetic Topography (ISBET) focus on all types of electrical and magnetic brain activity. The International Society for Neuro-Imaging in Psychiatry (ISNIP) specializes in structural and functional brain imaging, such as fMRI.  The Evoked Potentials International Conference concentrates on brain function studies based on evoked responses. This will be the 14th ECNS Annual Meeting and the 9th consecutive joint ECNS/ISNIP meeting. The 4-day meeting will provide scientific updates, collegial discussion and social activity for attendees and their families.


Evian Gordon, MD is the Executive Chairman of the Brain Resource Company (“Brain Resource Biomarker Platform for Personalized Medicine”).

Evian Gordon

Dr Evian Gordon is the Executive Chairman of the Brain Resource Company.  Over 30 years ago he drew upon his scientific and medical background to establish the interdisciplinary Brain Dynamics Center at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia.  Over the next 2 decades he standardized and integrated his methodology: including Molecular (Genome wide analysis, Gene Expression, Proteomics, Metabolomics); Spatial (MRI); Temporal (EEG/ERP); Cognition (Thinking, Emotion, Feeling, Self-Regulation); Behavior Functional Networks/Circuits.  This methodology became the basis for two successful enterprises: the ‘Brain Resource International Database’ (with over 200,000 datasets across thousands of normal subjects and 10 brain-based disorders); and the independent scientific foundation, which includes over 300 scientists, who freely access and publish this data (an average of 1 paper a week).

Stephan Heckers, MD is the William P. and Henry B. Test Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of the Department, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University.

Stephan Heckers

Dr. Heckers studies the neural basis of psychiatric disorders. He is particularity interested in the disease mechanisms of two psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The Heckers laboratory combines neuroimaging experiments of brain structure and function in psychotic patients with post-mortem studies of the cellular and molecular basis of psychosis. Of particular interest are the mechanisms of cognitive deficits and psychotic symptoms (hallucinations and delusions) in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The hippocampus, a small brain region in the temporal lobe, appears to play an important role in both memory deficits as well as psychotic symptoms. Using functional neuroimaging experiments, Dr. Heckers has demonstrated that an impaired recruitment of the hippocampus is related to information. Complementary studies of post-mortem hippocampal specimens have shown decreased neuron number and gene expression for subsets of interneurons in both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Judith Ford, PhD, is Professor in Residence, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Judith Ford

Her laboratory has 35+ years of experience with event-related potentials, and about 5+ years of experience with fMRI. More recently, she has begun time-frequency analyses of EEG, using methods and algorithms similar to those used by bench neuroscientists. These methods open the door to translational neuroscience and collaborations with investigators using in vivo and in vitro methods. She continues to integrate data across imaging modalities- EEG and fMRI. Soon she will add MEG through collaborations with other neuroscientists at UCSF. All her work is currently focused on schizophrenia.

East Tennessee State University

**The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians

Quillen College of Medicine

The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.   Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


(until April 30, 2012)
Members $315
Non-members $380
Students $185
(May 1 to August 31)
Members $380
Non-members $445
Students $250
(September 1-11)
Members $405
Non-members $470
Students $275

There is also a daily rate of $125 per person.


Electrical Geodesics Inc.  Invivo Molecular Imaging CortechBrain Vision Sage Publishers Compumedics NeuroScan

Guger Technologies Uskudar University NPI Istanbul

Social Events and Tourism

Bristol Medical CenterThe meeting begins with a Welcome Reception on Wednesday September 12 from 6 to 8 PM.  This will be held in the Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center, where the scientific activities will take place over the next four days.  Jon-Oliver Knight will entertain with classical and Spanish guitar music.

Rhythm & Blues FestivalScenic HighwayBristol is located where North East Tennessee, South West Virginia and North Carolina meet.  The area provides a variety of scenic views and interesting activities for tourists and visitors.  During our conference the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion takes place from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 of September. See the brocuhure (PDF). Noted past performers include the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Doc Watson, and Patty Loveless. We have negotiated a discounted rate for conference attendees. Also in Bristol, is the famous Bristol Motor Speedway, the 4th largest sports venue in America, and the 8th largest in the world, housing up to 165,000 people.  Tours of the Speedway are planned for our attendees.  Asheville, North Carolina, is about one hour’s drive away.  The excellent Interstate road takes you over the mountains, with scenic views all the way.  One of many attractions in the Asheville area is Biltmore House and Gardens.

Johnson City ClubOn Friday September 14, from 7 to 9 PM, the Banquet and Award Ceremony will take place.  This will be at the Johnson City Country Club.  Tyler Williams and his Band will entertain with Bluegrass Music, the traditional music of the Appalachian region of the United States.

The CartersOn Saturday September 15 there will be a concert at the Carter Family Fold.  This is the family home of June Carter, who married Johnny Cash, and they visited there often.  The Carter family is credited with bringing traditional American folk music to the wider nation, and to the world.  The family started recording in 1927, and became the first vocal group to become country music stars. Their recordings include country standards, such as "Wabash Cannonball" and "Keep on the Sunny Side".  The Carter Family Fold includes a performing space, a small family museum and the original log cabin.

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