Dear Colleagues,

 

On behalf of the local organizing committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 5th Biennial meeting of the International Society for Advancement of Clinical Magnetoencephalography, ISACM, in Helsinki, June 23-26, 2015. 

This meeting is particularly devoted to the clinical use of magnetoencephalography, MEG.

The first half of the 20-year history of whole-head MEG, has mostly been devoted to basic research and methodological development. During the last ten years, the impact of MEG on epilepsy surgery planning has been well documented, and MEG has become an established non-invasive clinical method for localizing epileptic foci and eloquent cortex for brain surgery. 

Exciting results from clinical research of the mechanisms of human brain development, of chronic pain, and of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as recovery after ischemic brain lesions, will hopefully provide new tools for clinical praxis and rehabilitation. Non-invasive MEG biomarkers identify subtle brain lesions after traumatic brain injury and pre-clinical dementia, and predict developmental  prospects of  newborn babies at risk for brain injury. All these topics will be discussed in the meeting.

Besides MEG, several other non-invasive imaging techniques have been or are being adopted as clinical tools. One of our goals is to give an overview of the relative strengths and optimal combined use of MEG and other noninvasive techniques.

We welcome MEG professionals as well as experts on neurosurgery, epileptology, neurology, clinical neurophysiology, developmental medicine and rehabilitation to participate in the meeting. We are convinced that the participants will not only gather new ideas for future development of the field but also find the program exciting and useful for everyday work.

We hope you will enjoy also the social program and the white midsummer nights of Helsinki.

 

Ritva Paetau MD, PhD
President of ISACM
Convener, 5th ISACM meeting 2015

 

Ritva Paetau MD, PhD
President of ISACM
Convener, 5th ISACM meeting 2015