2019 Napa Getaway with Jay Gunkelman and Dirk De Ridder

June 21-23
Friday & Saturday: 8:30-5:30 Sunday 8:30-12:30


Jay Gunkelman, QEEGD. Jay Gunkelman, QEEG Diplomate, is recognized as one of the top leaders in the field of EEG and QEEG, and has processed over 500,000 EEGs since 1972. He has served as president of The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, as well as a board member and treasurer of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is a past-president of the Biofeedback Society of California. Jay was the first EEG technologist to be certified in QEEG (1996) and was granted Diplomate status in 2002. He has conducted, published or participated in hundreds of research papers, articles, books and meetings internationally. He continues to lecture on EEG/QEEG at neuroscience meetings worldwide. He has co-authored the textbook on EEG artifacting (2001). Jay remains busy with current projects and publications related to his seminal paper on EEG endophenotypes (2005, Clinical Electroencephalography). He is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Brain Science International and is a popular lecturer worldwide on the topic of QEEG and phenotype identification of neurological disorders.

Dirk De Ridder, MD. De Ridder has published over 250 scientific articles, more than 30 scientific book chapters and several articles for a wider audience. His main research topic is the understanding and treatment of phantom perceptions such as pain, and tinnitus, as well as addiction, using non-invasive neuromodulation (TMS, tDCS, tACS, tRNS, tPNS, neurofeedback) and especially invasive neuromodulation techniques such as brain implants. The focus of his research is to understand the common mechanisms of different diseases such as pain, tinnitus, Parkinson’s Disease, depression and slow wave epilepsy, a group of diseases known as ‘thalamocortical dysrhythmias’. His research also focuses on addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, impulsive and personality disorders, an entity called ‘reward deficiency syndromes.’ His work and research is strongly influenced by the philosophers Aristotle and Merleau-Ponty, the biologist Charles Darwin, the mathematician Thomas Bayes, the architect Antoni Gaudi and neuroscientists such as the late Walter Freeman III, Rodolfo Llinas and Steven Laureys. He has developed “burst” stimulation, novel stimulation design for brain and spine implants, which is commercialized by Abbott as burst-DR. He is currently working on other stimulation designs such as noise stimulation and reconditioning stimulation. The philosophy of these stimulation designs is related to Antoni Gaudi’s adage of mimicking nature, i.e. by mimicking natural firing and oscillation patterns in the nervous system.

Travel: There are four airports which you can fly into: San Francisco International, Oakland, Sacramento, and Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is a small airport, and not likely a good choice. SFO will have the most flights but Sacramento and Oakland are a bit closer (1 ½ hours compared to about 1 ¼ hours by car). Venue: The Napa Valley Wine Train Culinary Arts Center at the Wine train's train yard on 8th Street in Napa, CA. Directions to the yard can be found here.
Hotels: Since Napa is a tourist destination, there are many hotels and Airbnbs in the area, at all price points. We will help with getting attendees to and from the venue, but if you plan to do some wine tasting or other Napa-type exploring (which you certainly should), you'll be better off with a car. 
Refund Policy: We’re sorry you can’t make it. To help defray our administration costs and to make space for others who can come, we will refund your registration less 10% up to May 15 | less 20% May 16 to June 14 | less 50% June 15 to June 20 | less 70% on or after June 21.