Statement of Purpose and Mission for the ECNS

The ECNS is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to disseminating knowledge regarding the latest scientific advances in all fields of electrophysiology as they relate to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of Neurobehavioral disorders.

The term “Neurobehavioral disorders” is defined here in the widest, most inclusive terms. This category will include but is not limited to, head injury, epilepsy, pain syndromes, movement disorders, cerebrovascular disorders, metabolic and degenerative disorders, thought disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality and substance dependence disorders.

Electrophysiology methodologies include, but are not limited to, electroencephalography (EEG) both quantified and unquantified, polysomnography (PSG), evoked responses, magnetoencephalography (MEG), and eye movements as well as interventional electrophysiology methodologies like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), deep brain stimulation (DBS), and EEG neurofeedback.

The ECNS holds itself and its members to the highest scientific and ethical practice of research, education and clinical practice.

As is self-evident, electrophysiology theory and practice do not stand in vacuum. It will be a central mission of the ECNS to help link electrophysiology methodology to the basic sciences essential for a thorough understanding of clinical electrophysiology findings, as well as linking electrophysiology to other clinical neuroinvestigative disciplines like neuroimaging, neuropsychology, neuropharmacology, genetics, and neuroepidemiology.

Finally, it will be one of the missions of the ECNS to set up standards of practice and training in “Neurobehavioral Electrophysiology.”