rTMS course for professionals

04-04-2011

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a  non-invasive brain stimulation technique. An electric current in a stimulation coil produces a magnetic field that induces a flow of electric current in the human brain. In combination with psychotherapy, rTMS has very good results in the treatment of depression.

In recent years, rTMS has evolved from an investigational technique to a neuromodulation technique that has a rapidly growing number of applications and is gaining popularity in psychiatric and neurological settings. The growing acceptance of rTMS as a neuromodulation treatment is further evidenced by the first FDA approval of rTMS equipment for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression and several very promising recent publications.

The 2-day rTMS course will have a focus on:

  • The use and theoretical background of rTMS in clinical practice
  • Mechanisms and safety aspects
  • The use of rTMS in the treatment of depression
  • An overview of the use of rTMS in other disorders such as Parkinson and Tinnitus
  • The use of EEG and QEEG along with rTMS for safety aspects, the prediction of treatment outcome and markers for responders/non-responders.

In addition to the theoretical part, there will be time dedicated to hands-on practice for various protocols and applications. There will be room for discussion and the newest findings from our own experience in clinical practice will be shared. This course is most suitable for clinicians, psychiatrists and psychologists who have basic knowledge of neuroscience and consider using rTMS treatment in their own practices. Also researchers wanting to use rTMS in their studies are welcome.