TMS Certification Course & Masterclass

TMS Certification Course & Masterclass
12 – 14 April 2023


Join us for an exciting once yearly Brainclinics Foundation event, the TMS Masterclass & TMS Certification Course in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. On April 12-14, we will take you from the basics of TMS and Brain Stimulation on day 1, to exciting new developments in the field of Brain Stimulation and TMS with world-renowned speakers on day 2 and 3. We’re excited to welcome a great line-up of keynote speakers who will share with you their latest insights and research, including Shan Siddiqi, Odile A. van den Heuvel, Jonathan Downar and Martijn Figee. Topics that will be covered are circuit-based Brain Stimulation and TMS, new clinical indications of TMS including OCD, alternative coil positions, accelerated TMS and iTBS, precision TMS, stratified psychiatry and TMS induced heart-brain coupling/Heart-Brain Coupling.

The full three days fulfil the required blueprint of the Dutch Hersenstimulatie Stichting for TMS Certification, and the 2 or 3 days qualify for continuing education credits for recertification. The masterclass (day 2 & 3) has been awarded 13 points and the certification course (all 3 days) 20 points.

Accreditation for NVvP (12 points) and for FGzPt (14 points) has been granted.

The courses are accepted as free theoretical credits for the Swiss Society for Interventional Psychiatry, SGIP-SSPI, certificate.


Day 1: TMS Certification Course Essentials

9.00 – 9.45 Welcome and introduction TMS Course, TMS essentials: History
Martijn Arns
9.45 – 11.00 TMS essentials-II: Physics, equipment, parameters and safety
Jonathan Downar
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30 TMS as treatment for depression
Nikita van der Vinne
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 The neuromodulation family (tDCS, tACS, VNS, DBS)
Martijn Arns
14.30 – 15.30 Hands-on TMS: Finding the MT
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.45 Hands-on TMS: Coil placement and coil orientation
17.45 Review, questions, closing of the day

Day 2: TMS Masterclass – What’s hot and new: New TMS indications and protocols

9.30 – 10.45 Welcome and introduction TMS Masterclass
Martijn Arns
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 TMS as a treatment for OCD
Odile van den Heuvel
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Beyond once daily 10-Hz DLPFC TMS: iTBS, accelerated TMS and alternative coil positions
Jonathan Downar
15.00 – 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 – 16.00 Clinical effectiveness of OFC TMS and sleep predictors
Nikita van der Vinne
16.00 – 17.00 TMS treatment for symptoms of schizophrenia
André Aleman
17.00 – 17.30 Hands-on TMS and demo: Alternative coil positions and iTBS
17.30 Review and questions
18.00 – 22.00 Walking dinner

Day 3: TMS Masterclass – Treating the patient, not the group: Circuit-based TMS and individualising TMS

9.30 – 10.00 Treating the patient: Precision TMS and Stratified Psychiatry
Martijn Arns
10.00 – 10.45 Brainmarker-I as a stratification marker for Brain Stimulation treatments
Helena Voetterl
10.45 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Which brain circuits to modulate? Insights from DBS
Martijn Figee
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.15 Circuit-based modulation: Connectome and lesion studies
Shan Siddiqi
15.15 – 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 – 16.30 Getting to the heart of TMS: Targeting the Frontal-Vagal-Pathway using Heart-Brain Coupling
Lauren Zwienenberg & Eva Dijkstra
16.30 – 17.30 Hands-on TMS: Heart-Brain Coupling demo
Lauren Zwienenberg & Eva Dijkstra
17.30 Farewell



Shan Siddiqi

Sidney R. Baer Fellow in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry at Harvard Medical School, MGH/McLean


Jonathan Downar

Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Medical Science
Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto


Odile A. van den Heuvel

Psychiatrist and professor of Neuropsychiatry Amsterdam University Medical Centers & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


André Aleman

Professor at University of Groningen, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


Martijn Figee

Associate Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Martijn Arns

Research Director and Founder of Research Institute Brainclinics


Nikita van der Vinne

Senior Researcher Synaeda


Helena Voetterl

Researcher and PhD Candidate Brainclinics


Eva Dijkstra

PhD Candidate Brainclinics
General Manager at Neurowave


Lauren Zwienenberg

PhD Candidate Brainclinics & Synaeda