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Dear Colleagues, dear friends,
It is with distinct pleasure that we invite you to our


The PSS is essentially a working meeting. Experts in the field of  Deep Brain Stimulation in psychiatric indications will meet for two and a half days of intense and in depth discussion about this burgeoning field. We have invited internationally renowned faculty from the fields of Psychiatry, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neurophysiology, Microsystem-engineering and more. 

After our first summit in 2022 there was a huge positive response and appreciation for the event. We therefore decided to repeat this meeting on a biannual basis. 

PSS2024 is intended for Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Neuroscientists, DBS staff and graduate students. This is a HYBRID-meeting for working and discussion. Registration will be performed on a  first come first serve basis.

The meeting is endorsed by the ESSF and WSSFN.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to beautiful Freiburg in fall, either on site or online!

Thomas E. Schläpfer, M.D.     Volker A. Coenen, M.D.

Bastian Sajonz, M.D., M.Sc. (congress secretary)


Satellite meeting - DBS in Depression Interest Group (DBS DIG)

13:00 | DBS DIG Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 | Meeting DBS DIG

Invited members DBS-DIG only

Satellite Meeting

16:00 | Board Meeting Center for DBS, Freiburg
Invited members CDBSF only

Main Program


17:00 | Welcome - Prof. Dr. Wenz, CEO of the Medical Center - University of Freiburg
17:10 | Welcome - tbd, Faculty of Medicine - University of Freiburg
17:20 | Welcome - Prof. Domschke, Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Freiburg

Opening Remarks

17:30-18:30 | Lecture - T. Schläpfer, Freiburg


18:30-19:30 | Keynote Lecture: Rethinking Depression, H. Mayberg, New York

20:00 | Dinner

8:00-8:10 | Welcome

8:10-8:50 |  Highways and byways in the history of psychiatric surgery between 1935 und 1975, C. Moll, Hamburg
8:50-9:30 | The role of lesioning for psychiatric indications in a DBS world - the case of Gamma-Knife radiosurgery, S. Sheth, Houston
9:30-10:10 | DBS in TR-OCD - Amsterdam experience | R. Schuurman / P. v.d. Munckhoff, Amsterdam

10:10-10:30 | Coffee Break & Poster Viewing

Session: TR-OCD

10:30-11:10 | DBS in OCD - lessons learned in the search for the optimal target, B. Nuttin, Leuven
11:10-11:50 | Neurocognitive mechanisms of STN DBS in OCD, M. Polosan / S. Chabardes, Grenoble
11:50 - 12:30 | Neurobehavioral signals in OCD, N. Provenza, Houston
12:30-13:10 | BNST DBS for OCD, T. Coyne, Brisbane

13:10-14:15 | Lunch & Poster Viewing

Session: TR-MDD

14:15-14:55 | DBS for Binge Eating, C. Halpern (virtual), Philadelphia
14:55-15:35 | VNS for TR-MDD, C. Conway (virtual), St. Louis
15:35-16:15 | The identification of future responders to DBS in TRD, P. Riva-Posse, Atlanta

16:15-17:00 | Coffee Break & Poster Viewing

17:00-17:40 | Experience with slMFB DBS in severe TRD - modulating the reward system, A. Fenoy, New York
17:40-18:20 | Utilization of DBS in psychiatric indications - where are we?, D. Denys, Amsterdam
18:20-19:00 | Do we need a therapeutic paradigm change for TR-MDD?, TBD

19:00-20:00 | Pre-Dinner Keynote: Hubs and Interaction: The Brain's Meta-loop, C. Weiller, Freiburg

8:00-8:10 | Welcome

8:10-9:30 | How to Stop the Action – Mechanistic Insights into DBS for Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome, J.C. Baldermann, Freiburg
8:50-9:30 | DBS of the NBM in Alzheimer's Disease: Investigation of connectivity, V. Visser-Vandewalle, Köln
9:30-10:10 | DBS in PTSD, C. Hamani, Toronto

10:10-10:30 | Coffee Break & Poster Viewing

10:30-11:10 | Causal Mapping: From Connectomic Deep Brain Stimulation toward the 'Human Dysfunctome', A. Horn (virtual), Boston
11:10-11:50 | Personalized, Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation for Severe Treatment-Resistant Depression, A. Krystal, San Francisco
11:50 - 12:30 | sEEG-guided DBS for TRD, S. Sheth, Houston & N. Pouratian Fort Worth/Dallas
12:30-13:10 | EASEE Shield ECS trial, C. Normann, Freiburg

13:10-14:15 | Lunch & Poster Viewing

14:15 - 14:55 | Biomarkers to follow neuropsychiatric diseases, C. DeHemptinne
14:55 - 15:35 | Electrophysiologically Validated Methods for Connectomic DBS Modeling in Psychiatric Applications, C. McIntyre (virtual), Durham
15:35 - 16:15 | New technologies, TBD

16:15-17:00 | Coffee Break & Poster Viewing

17:00-18:00 | Keynote Lecture: The last Lecture, TBD

18:00-18:15 | PSS2024 best poster award, Sajonz / Coenen / Schläpfer, Freiburg

18:15-18:30 | Closing Remarks, Schläpfer/Coenen

Abstract Submission and Poster Exhibition

You submit a contribution for this event. Your abstract may be selected for a poster presentation during the meeting. If your contribution selected for the poster exhibition, you must register to attend the event in person.

The abstract should not exceed 500 words. If it is possible please use the following structure:
1. Objectives
2. Methods
3. Results
4. Conclusions

Optionally, a graphic can also be submitted.

Deadline for submission is 8th September 2024.



Participation Fee

On-Site Participation - Early Bird Fee (until 31th July 2024)

Students - 60€
Residents - 75€
Physicias/Graduates - 600€
Physicians/graduates members (ESSFN, WSSFN) - 500€

On-Site Participation (after 31th July 2024)

Students - 60€
Residents - 150€
Physicias/Graduates - 700€
Physicians/graduates members (ESSFN, WSSFN) - 600€

The participation fee does not include dinner and accommodation.

Online Participation

Students - 30€
Residents - 75€
Physicias/Graduates - 250€
Physicians/graduates members (ESSFN, WSSFN) - 175€


We would be very pleased to welcome you from 24 to 26 October 2024 in the conference center Berliner Tor of the Hotel Stadt Freiburg.


Hotel Stadt Freiburg | Tagungszentrum Berliner Tor

Breisacherstr. 84

79110 Freiburg im Breisgau



Scientific committee

Medical Center - University of Freiburg

Division of Interventional Biological Psychiatry
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schläpfer
Hauptstraße 5
79104 Freiburg im Breisgau

Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Prof. Dr. Volker Arnd Coenen
Dr. Bastian Sajonz

Breisacher Str. 64
79106 Freiburg im Breisgau

Congress Organizer

Medical Center University of Freiburg
Communication Department | Event Management
Elke Bührer

Breisacher Str. 153
79110 Freiburg

+49 761 270-19210