What is TMS and rTMS?
TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Simply put, TMS is the non-invasive delivery of magnetic pulses to a brain region, inducing electric field/current that can depolarize neurons and induce action potentials. Repetitive TMS, or rTMS, involves the rhythmic delivery of magnetic pulses, often at either 10 Hertz or 1 Hertz, to respectively enhance or suppress the excitability of the targeted region. Repeated rTMS can have longer-lasting and clinically meaningful effects on the targeted, as well as connected, regions in the brain. Recent patterned protocols, such as the 40-second continuous theta burst stimulation (cTBS) and the 3-minute intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) protocols, were shown to have much longer after- effects on cortical excitability than the protocol duration. It has been suggested that both classical and patterned rTMS protocols engage synaptic plasticity mechanisms, such as long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD), to achieve these impressive modulations of neuronal activity.
TMS hardware includes a generally non-portable stimulation device positioned on a table or trolley, with a port to which different TMS coils can be connected. The current flows through the TMS coil which is placed on the skull of the patient.
Importantly, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has proven to be clinically effective in treating various neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression, OCD, and neuropathic pain. TMS treatments are FDA-approved, have received level-A recommendation (definitely effective) and are reimbursed by health insurances in a growing number of countries throughout the world.
We have seen patients with severe depression and a long journey of unsuccessful treatment trials getting in full remission with TMS treatment.
TMS has very little to no side effects. In fact, most of our patients don’t experience any side effects at all, while benefitting from proven clinical improvements.
But using TMS in the most effective and responsible way requires appropriate training and qualification.
This is exactly where our team of internationally renowned TMS experts comes in, offering this fully accredited Clinical TMS Certification Course
The International Clinical TMS Certification Course
The International Clinical TMS Certification Course is a 3-day academic course taught by internationally renowned experts in the field of non-invasive brain stimulation from Maastricht University, certified and accredited by the European Accreditation Council (EACCME®) it’s also one of the few to provide CME credits. Suitable for medical specialists, psychologists, researchers, nurses, lab assistants and technicians, the TMS Certification Course provides the latest overview of effective TMS protocols and the most recent developments for optimizing clinical efficacy.
The Clinical TMS Certification Course is among the most established and best evaluated in the world. Participants will receive a balanced mix of academic lectures and intensive hands-on sessions. Each participant is trained on the entirety of TMS application procedures. Training is available on various TMS systems from different manufacturers. Interactive Q&A sessions, and the small group size during the intensive hands-on trainings enable each participant to offer TMS as a therapy to their patients. The program concludes with the awarding of our Clinical TMS Certification.
The TMS Certification Course is offered in three attractive locations: London, Amsterdam, or Maastricht. You can now also follow the course online, with all the same relevant background material and supervised hands-on training. The online version offers exactly the same clinical certification and accreditation available in our on-site TMS Courses, without the need to travel to one of our course venues.
TMS is one of the most dynamically developing fields in clinical brain research.
This course offers an incredible service of providing you with the latest overview of effective TMS protocols and also the most recent cutting edge developments for optimizing clinical efficacy and increasing cost effectiveness. Each TMS Certification Course is updated and improved based on recent developments and we have many participants returning to our courses every other year to get the latest updates in the field and to re connect to the network of TMS practitioners. Read some testimonials of previous course participants here.
Our permanent teaching staff
Prof. Dr. Alexander T. Sack
Professor of Functional Brain Stimulation
Dr. Teresa Schuhmann
Dr. Felix Duecker
Dr. Tahnee Engelen
Ecole Normale Supérieure
Dr. Tom de Graaf
Regular guest speakers
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Downar
Toronto Western Research Institute
Prof. Dr. Chris Baeken
Ghent and Brussels University
Dr. Martijn Arns
Prof. Dr. Berthold Langguth
Prof. Dr. Massimiliano Oliveri
Dr. Philip van Eijndhoven
Radboud University Nijmegen
Dr. Rafael Euba
London Psychiatry Clinic