2017 ISEN Annual Meeting

The 27th Annual ISEN Conference will be held at The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California on May 20 and 21, 2017.

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ECT Certificate Course

Saturday, May 20, 2017
This one day certificate course on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) will include lectures, hands-on practicum, and exam.
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Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 21, 2017
This one day annual meeting will include plenary talks and workshops by leading experts with updates on ECT, TMS, and other novel forms of brain stimulation including Focal Electrically Administered Seizure Therapy (FEAST), and Low Amplitude ECT (LAP).
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Intended Audience

This year's conference is intended for practitioners, mental health professionals and researchers of ECT and related stimulation techniques. The conference will focus on preventing relapse and will provide an update on the current practices, research and technical issues in ECT, TMS, DBS, tDCS, MST and other brain stimulation modalities. A poster session will allow for the most recent research in ECT and other brain stimulation modalities to be presented. The information presented in this CME offering reflects the opinion of the presenter. As with all science, there may be multiple explanations for the data and multiple reasonable conclusions.


At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • be aware of and able to describe, the cognitive outcomes of ECT.
  • understand how cognitive outcomes relate to ECT treatment technique.
  • be aware of tools for monitoring and measuring cognitive outcomes in clinical ECT practice.
  • discuss emerging research in novel forms of brain stimulation and ECT.
  • discuss new methods for improving the effects of TMS as a treatment.
  • review the evidence base for treating depression with tDCS.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Professional Education Services Group (PESG) and ISEN. This activity will provide continuing education for physicians and psychologists, as well as a general participation CE certificate for other attendees. This activity is approved for up to 7.5 hours of continuing education.

Professional Education Services Group is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physicians should only claim credit to the extent of their participation. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. The University of Denver is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 22 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast (Visit Exhibits)
8:25 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks [Pamela Sullivan, MD]
8:30 a.m. Morning Symposium — Understanding and Improving the Cognitive Outcomes of ECT [Colleen Loo, MBBS, FRANZCP, MD—Chair]
  • Cognitive Effects of ECT: A Patient’s Perspective [Carol Kivler, MS, CSP, CMT]
  • Overview of Cognitive Effects After a Course of ECT: Evidence From Meta-Analysis of Studies [Declan McLoughlin, PHD MRCPI MRCPsych, FTCD]
  • ECT Treatment Approaches and Effects on Cognition [Shawn McClintock, PHD, MSCS]
  • Practical Clinical Tools for Monitoring Cognition During the Course of ECT [Donel Martin, PhD]
  • Development of a New Clinical Scale for Measuring Cognitive Outcomes After ECT [Adriana Hermida, MD]
10:30 a.m. Break (Visit Exhibits)
11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion [Morning Symposium Speakers]
11:45 a.m. In remembrance of Mary T. Rosedale, PHD, PMHNP-BC [Pamela Sullivan, MD, Donna Ecklesdafer, MSN, RN & Shirlene Sampson, MD]
12:10 p.m. ISEN Working Lunch Business Meeting
  • President’s Report [Pamela Sullivan, MD]
12:50 p.m. Move To Workshop
1:00 p.m. Concurrent Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • Workshop - Anesthesia in ECT [Randall Espinoza, MD, MPH—Chair]
    • The Peri-Operative Surgical Home for ECT: An Opportunity for Improving Patient and Service Outcomes [E. Chiewlin Liew, MD]
    • Anesthesiology Management of the ECT Patient: New Questions, New Answers [Mariya Svilik, MD ]
    • Rethinking Anesthetic Medications in ECT: Potential Implications for Mood, Seizure Characteristics, and Cognition [Randall Espinoza, MD, MPH]
    • How Monitoring the Time Interval Between Anesthetic Induction and the ECT Stimulus Can Improve ECT Treatment [Colleen Loo, MBBS, FRANZCP, MD]
  • Workshop — TMS and New Brain Stimulation Treatments [Shirlene Sampson, MD]
    • New Developments in TMS: TBS, Novel Stimulation Targets [Jonathon Downar, MD, PHD]
    • Update on DBS in Depression and OCD [Darin D. Dougherty, MD, MMSc]
    • Focal and Spatially-Targeted ECT: Comparison of Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) and Focal Electrically-Administered Seizure Therapy (FEAST) [Harold Sackeim, PhD]
  • Research Symposium — Insights from ECT Neuroimaging [Joan Prudic, MD—Chair; Randall Espinoza, MD, MPH—Co-Chair]
    • Review of Longitudinal Resting State fMRI and Electrical Modeling of ECT [Miklos Argyelan, MD]
    • The Clinical and Neurocognitive Impact of Targeted Medial Temporal Lobe Engagement as a Function of Pulse Amplitude [Christopher Abbott, MD, MS]
    • Neural Mechanisms Predictive of Sustained Response to ECT [Benjamin Wade, PhD]
    • Can Network Connectivity as Measured by fMRI Discriminate Responsiveness to Convulsive Treatment? [Joan Prudic, MD]
2:30 p.m. Break & Rotate Workshops
3:00 p.m. Concurrent Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • Workshop - Anesthesia in ECT Repeated
  • Workshop — TMS and New Brain Stimulation Treatments Repeated
  • Research Symposium Continued
    • ECT in the Era of New Brain Stimulation Treatments: Roadmap of Future Enhancements [Harold Sackeim, PhD]
    • Abstract Oral Presentation: Cortisol Trajectory and Clinical Features as Predictors of ECT Response [Brian J. Mickey, MD, PhD]
    • Abstract Oral Presentation: ECT is Effective and Improves Cognitive Outcomes in Schizophrenia [Phern-Chern Tor, MD]
4:30 p.m. Return to General Session
4:45 p.m. Journal of ECT Best Paper Presentation: Seizure Adequacy Markers and The Prediction of Electroconvulsive Therapy Response [Alessandra Minelli, PhD]
5:05 p.m. Best Trainee Abstract and Poster Awards
5:10 p.m. Poster Session & Reception (Visit Exhibits)
6:00 p.m. Adjournment


For your convenience, this meeting has been arranged to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. It is recommended that hotel reservations be made well in advance. The registration fees include course materials, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch and Continuing Education Credits. Seating for the meeting is limited. Registrations will be accepted in the order received.

*Note: Participants who register on-site will be charged an additional fee of $50. Food and beverage can only be guaranteed for those who are preregistered.

Registration Fees

  • ISEN Physician Members $490 ($540 After May 4th)
  • ISEN Nurse Members $250 ($300 After May 4th)
  • ISEN Resident/Trainee Members $250 ($300 After May 4th)
  • ISEN Student Members* $150 ($200 After May 4th)
  • ISEN Abstract Poster/Oral Presenters** $250
  • Non-Member Physicians $870 ($920 After May 4th)
  • Non-Member Nurses $450 ($500 After May 4th)
  • Non-Member Residents/Trainees* $450 ($500 After May 4th)
  • Non-Member Students* $250 ($300 After May 4th)
  • Non-Member Abstract/Poster Oral Presenters** $450

*Requires Program Director Letter
Program Director letters should be mailed to Kelly Coffey at

**Requires submission of abstract; one presenter per poster

If you require assistance with hearing, vision or mobility to make this conference accessible to you, please contact Kelly Coffey via phone, 631.678.6276 or email, at least three weeks prior to the conference date.

Registration Deadline

Thursday, May 4th, 2017. (Registrations will be taken after the deadline date based on space availability.)

Digital Materials

In lieu of paper printed programs, all event and course materials will be available in digital format. Registrants will have access to program information, including slide sets received from speakers in advance of the meeting, via a password protected page on the ISEN website. Registrants will be able to download materials, and if they wish, print paper copies.

Registered attendees: To access materials, first log in to your ISEN account used to register for the event. Then, simply click your name in the upper right hand corner of the site page to view your profile. Links to the slides can be found on your profile page under your Account Information.

Refund Policy for Meeting & Courses

A refund of the registration fee, less an $85 processing fee, will be made when a written request followed by a written confirmation is received prior to May 4th, 2017. After this date, refunds cannot be made. Fees will not be refunded for failure to attend. The sponsors of the course reserve the right to cancel or postpone any conference because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. In the event of such cancellations, full tuition will be refunded.

Disclosure of Commercial Relationships

In compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, all individuals in a position to control/influence the content of this activity are required to disclose relevant financial interests of their own or spouse or partners with any commercial interests and/or non-FDA approved use of a drug or a device that is included in the presentation.

Enhancing Communication Services for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

If you require assistance with hearing, vision or mobility to make this conference accessible to you, please contact Kelly Coffey at at least three weeks prior to the conference date.

Venue & Accommodations

Venue Information

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA 92101


Attendees are responsible for booking overnight accommodations if needed. A block of rooms has not been reserved at any one hotel, including the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Attendees are welcome to book at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter if they would like. A few other nearby hotels to consider: 

2017 ISEN Annual Meeting & ECT Certificate Course Brochure

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