The Brainclinics Foundation

Scientific research

Brainclinics was founded in 2001 as an independent research institute by dr. Martijn Arns and specializes in advancing our understanding of the brain; applied neuroscience to advance rTMS techniques, and ADHD and depression research. The results of our research are a valuable aid in the treatment and prevention of symptoms such as mood-, concentration-, impulse control-, and sleep problems, often seen in disorders such as depression, ADHD, and insomnia.

Forward thinking

Over the last 20 years, Brainclinics has pioneered the application of neurofeedback in the treatment of ADHD and insomnia, was one of the first to recognize the importance of the circadian clock and sleep problems underlying many symptoms like impaired concentration and impulse control, specifically in ADHD, while also pioneering and refining magnetic brain stimulation (rTMS) in the treatment of depression and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and in 2017 invented Neuro-Cardiac-Guided TMS to more specifically target the Frontal-Vagal network in Depression. In 2019 the legal structure was changed, and the non-profit Brainclinics Foundation was established.


The Brainclinics Foundation’s primary mission is best summarized as: Applied Neuroscience from the clinic, to the clinic. Therefore, the two pillars of the foundation are formed by the independent Research Institute Brainclinics and Brainclinics Insights (the publishing division).

applied neuroscience

Personalized medicine

At Research Institute Brainclinics researchers have published over 170 scientific publications on these and related topics and continue to collaborate with researchers and universities around the world ranging from Australia, Germany, Belgium, the United States to Colombia. A key topic of our research revolves around ‘personalized medicine’, going beyond the traditional ‘diagnostic-thinking’ and focusing on individual differences that can help optimize and individualize treatment and prevent symptoms from occurring.

Brainclinics Insights: Publishing and interactive media

Brainclinics Insights is the publishing division of our foundation. Its mission is to make the knowledge, expertise and especially ‘Insights’ gained through our research, widely available through books, PhD theses and interactive media. As an example, you can here find our latest documentary series titled ‘Pioneers of the EEG’ as well as various books and PhD-theses’ that are also published in the Apple bookstore. If you want to keep up-to-date, also make sure to follow our informative Youtube channel.

To serve the goal of the Brainclinics Foundation, all proceeds are fully invested into Research Institute Brainclinics and Brainclinics Insights, which creates an unprecedented synergy between these divisions and makes it possible to perform research and share new future insights into applied neuroscience as well.

At the Brainclinics Foundation, it is all about the research and its application!


Our research has resulted in 4 patents and several spin-offs, such as Brainquiry, where the first ever wireless Bluetooth based EEG amplifier was developed in 2003 and the first wrist-worn heart-rate device in 2005 (nine years before Apple launched the Apple Watch with similar technology). Other spin-offs are Brainclinics Education, where specialistic applied neuroscience training courses were developed focused on rTMS, neurofeedback and QEEG, and Brainclinics Treatment, where our unequalled knowledge and expertise on personalized neuromodulation treatments are applied to benefit people worldwide. In 2015, Brainclinics Education and Brainclinics Treatment were acquired by the neuroCare Group, where courses are still taught by neuroCademy, and neuromodulation treatments that followed from Brainclinics Research are offered in >15 neuroCare clinics worldwide.


The most important pillar of our philosophy and mission is independence. Our non-profit foundation status ensures it is all about knowledge creation and content and our independence from companies and universities, but collaboration with companies and universitites ensures we conduct research independently and free of bias,  but is focused on clinical relevance, or as stated in our misison: Applied Neuroscience from the clinic, to the clinic!

We made a cool animation about Neuro-Cardiac Guided TMS (NCG-TMS), a technique to specifically target the Frontal Vagal Pathway in Depression.
For more backgrounds also see: https://brainclinics.com/neuro-cardiac-guided-tms/

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The second keynote lecture of our TMS course will be held by Martijn Arns, chief scientific advisor and research director of @Brainclinics! He will be talking about optimization and prediction of rTMS treatment response!
More information & registration: https://tmscourses.nl/

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4 years of data, 10 countries, 000s of kids: Living in states with greater sunshine -#solarintensity - may protect against the development of #ADHD: The Sunny Perspective https://j.mp/3n0GdQU #circadian #bluelight #geography

"Excessive artificial light could be an adjunctive environmental risk factor for Parkinson’s disease" https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32142863/ @DrISubramanian @basbloem @MichaelOkun @PdAvengers @endingpdbook

Is your child getting enough sleep? And at the right time? See here our updated sleep guideline for all ages, including bed-times.
Also includes sleep questionnaires and sleep-wake diary for clinicians.

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We just released Episode 4 of Pioneers of the EEG: Vladimir Pravdich Neminsky https://youtu.be/CwgfB3JMTrc

Nice material to spice-up your online teaching materials?

2 years ago today had an amazing interview with ⁦@Brainclinics⁩ about advances in neurostimulation with a focus on rTMS. I had just arrived from China and martijn was on his way to Holland. Booked a room at the airport for the interview 😁 interview https://psychscenehub.com/video/clinical-indications-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-rtms-dr-martijn-arns/

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Note: Single registration for both 4th EU Brain Stimulation conference AND 7th International Conference on Non-invasive Brain Stimulation (Baden-Baden meeting), still 50 euro until end of September.
Also see: https://www.nibs-conference.de/index.php?id=29089
@ClinicalNeuroph @ClinicalTMS

Join us for EU Brain Stimulation conference on Friday November 13th: Bridging the gap from theory to practice.
Great line-up of keynotes and speakers such as Dennis Schutter, Antonio Mantovani, Linda Carpenter, Jonathan Downar, @amarquand and Amit Etkin.


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