Society for the Advancement of Brain Analysis and Brain Science International

SABA Conference

Irvine California - April 29-May 1st with Pre-Conference Workshops April 26-28

Confirmed Speakers:

Elkonon Goldberg, PhD
David Hovda, PhD
Marco Iacobono, MD, PhD
Barry Sterman, PhD
David L. Glanzman, Ph.D.
Sandra Loo, PhD
Jay Gunkelman, QEEGD
Ron Swatznya, PhD
Cynthia Kerson, PhD

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

Today the emergence of user-friendly computerized digital EEG systems has greatly expanded the number of professionals working with this tool and, accordingly, promoted the development of new technology and applications. One of the most exciting new applications of the EEG as a tool for brain analysis and alteration today is variously known as EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback, brain modulation training, and brain-computer interface training.  The original development of this perspective was simply called EEG biofeedback, and was based on the application of behavioral conditioning principles in an attempt to alter neural-circuitry. This approach began to significantly change the way we think about and use the EEG.


Properly applied it can be a much more powerful tool for interacting with brain function then previously appreciated, a fact abundantly demonstrated by the associated advancement of quantitative EEG methods, and research findings demonstrating relevant clinical possibilities. As a neuroscientist significantly involved in this early research and subsequent clinical application, I was acutely aware of the broad base of knowledge essential to understand the functional basis of these findings in order to maximize desired outcomes. Neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, learning theory, software applications, and, ultimately, clinical skills were all necessary. Unfortunately, however, human beings will use whatever tools they posses to achieve desired ends, and can be easily distracted by others who find more easy solutions. The results are often questionable and destructive to the field.  


SABA was established in an effort to provide a professional gathering emphasizing education and a mindset for the field based on reliable science, transparent and accountable methodology, and creative exploration within these parameters. The program for our 15th meeting next Spring in 2016 at the Irvine/Newport Hilton in California demonstrates this goal clearly. 


To date, the speaker lineup includes:

Elkhonan Goldberg, PhD. 

NYU based author, scientist, educator, and clinician, internationally renowned for his clinical work, research, writings and teaching.

David Glandsman, PhD. 

from UCLA and talks about the processes our brains use to retain as well as forget memories. Can these processes be manipulated?

David Hovda, PhD. 

also from UCLA, is Professor and Vice Chairman of Research Affairs for theDepartment of Neurosurgery, and Director of the Brain Injury Research Center.

Sandra Loo, PhD.

UCLA based researcher who specializes in neuropsychological assessment of attention, learning, and memory within childhood-onset psychiatric disorders, such as ADHD.

Marco Iacoboni, MD., PhD. 
is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and 
Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Lab at UCLA. 

M. Barry Sterman, PhD.

UCLA Professor Emeritus, Departments of Neurobiology and 
Biobehavoral Psychiatry. His seminal work in the operant conditioning of EEG rhythms launched the field of neurofeedback).


Meaningful discussion periods and a focus on controversial issues in neurofeedback will fill-out the program


We hope to see you there! 

M.Barry Sterman, President



What people are saying about SABA 2015:

"SABA (Society for the Advancement of Brain Analysis) 2015, in Atlanta, GA, USA is now solidly in the rear-view mirror, but what a view!  I found the quality of the neuroscience beingpresented to be quite exciting.  These were not the usual suspects with stale talks.  I thought the mixture of quality research and cutting edge clinical work was also well balanced."


"The work presented by Dr. Sylvia Kober from Graz Austria's Technical University was a striking example of the carefully designed studies being funded by in the EU.  The quieting of sensorimotor networks and improved sensory processing following 'simple' SMR training shows the striking non-linear though systematic improvements achievable with traditionalclassical approaches."


"Dr Martijn Arns, from The Netherlands, presented both solid research and theoretical work on NF neurofeedback for ADHD, as well as the emerging analyses of the large international STAR-D study of depression.  Hasan Asif, MD who practices psychiatry in Manhattan NY, demonstrated the leading edge of clinical psychiatry using all the new neuromodulatorytools to help with talk therapy, medication andNF neurofeedback, including rTMS and other neuromodulatory approaches, all while using relying upon the neuro-imaging of the EEG/qEEG."


"The combination of DC stimulation with NF was discussed as "NF on Steroids" by Leon Morales-Quizada, PhD, from Harvard, with data to back up his characterization of the effect.  Diana Martinez, MD presented her work with epilepsy, showing dramatic clinical improvement using neurofeedback in her study."


"Medication prediction was reviewed by Dr. Ron Swatzyna and Jay Gunkelman, QEEGD, including a description of the "big data" approach being used to query the data set that has been collected using the new "Research Domain Criteria” (RDoC) approach, which avoids the DSM-5 validity issue and opens the door to more systematic approaches to biomarkers."


"The SABA meeting would not be complete without the presence of Dr. Barry Sterman, who, as president of SABA, annually provides us with updates to his seminal work of the 1960s and 1970s on operant conditioning, SMR training, epilepsy and sleep."


"The meeting format allowed for longer and more in-depth presentations, with enough time to avoid the common "overshadowing" effects seen at more common typical meetings when talks are done back-to-back without time to consolidate and discuss the material. Also, being able to take courses by Jay Gunkelman, QEEGD and Cynthia Kerson, PhD prior to the conference made it easier for me to participate in both intense and formal learning and conference-style listening."


"The traditions of SABA's international scientific orientation merging both the clinical practices and the current academic neuroscience research was upheld for another year.  Perhaps more importantly, this happened without the political issues that often plague membership-based organizational meetings.The planning and orchestration of the program by BSI was excellent. It was organized, yet held the comfortable tradition of SABA. "

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