2020 Annual Meeting

The 30th Annual ISEN Conference will be held at The Westin Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA April 25 - 26, 2020.

2020 Call for Abstracts
2020 ISEN Annual Meeting & Course Brochure (4.2 MB .pdf)

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ECT Certificate Course

Saturday, April 25, 2020
This one-day certificate course on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) consists of didactic and “hands on” practicum experiences, and includes a certification exam.


Annual Meeting

Sunday, April 26, 2020
The Annual Meeting of the ISEN is a one-day conference that includes plenary presentations by leading experts in the fields of ECT, TMS, and other novel brain stimulation therapies, as well as a poster session for abstract submissions.


Intended Audience

This year’s conference is intended for practitioners, mental health professionals, and researchers of ECT and related stimulation techniques. 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 presenters. As with all science, there may be multiple explanations for the data and multiple reasonable conclusions. ISEN reserves the right to refuse registration, or refund registration fees, to any person whose presence has the potential to be disruptive and/or not consistent with the mission and goals of the organization.


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

  • Describe the public health value of electroconvulsive therapy.
  • Review the clinical and scientific application of combining ketamine therapy with brain stimulation therapy.
  • Explain the clinical and scientific application of biomarkers in brain stimulation therapy.

Continuing Education Information

This activity provides continuing education credit for physicians and psychologists. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of AffinityCE and ISEN. AffinityCE is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AffinityCE designates this live CME activity for a maximum of 6.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AffinityCE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AffinityCE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The instructional level of this activity is intermediate. The cost to participate in this CE activity is included in the activity registration fee.

Nurses can receive a statement of participation certificate that states that this activity provides AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. This may be used for continuing education credit. Please consult your accrediting organization or licensing board for their acceptance of this CE activity.


7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast (Visit Exhibitors)
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. ISEN Business Meeting (Members Only)
8:15 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks [Collen Loo, MBBS, FRANZP, MD]
8:30 - 11:30 a.m. ECT Morning Symposium — The Public Health Value of ECT [M. Justin Coffey, MD, FAPA, CHCIO—Chair]
8:30 – 9:15 a.m Decreasing Suicidality in Schizophrenia: ECT USE in a City State [Phern-Chern Tor, MBBS, MD]
9:15 – 10:00 a.m Who Benefits the Most: Towards Accurate Prediction of ECT Outcome [Linda van Diermen, MD, PhD]
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break (Visit Exhibitors)
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Cost-effectiveness of ECT [Daniel F. Maixner, MD]
11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Barriers to Expanding ECT Services in the US [Samuel T . Wilkinson, MD]
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Awards Lunch (Lunch Provided)
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Best Abstract Submission by a Trainee Award and Presentation [TBA]
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Best Abstract Award and Presentation [TBA]
1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Best Publication, Journal of ECT Award and Presentation [Rikin S. Patel, MD, MPH]
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Mary Rosedale Patient Advocacy Award [TBA]
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Brain Stimulation Afternoon Symposium I - Brain Stimulation & Ketamine [Samuel T . Wilkinson, MD—Chair]
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Combining ECT & Ketamine to Improve Outcomes [Donel Martin, MClinNeuro, PhD]
2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Break (Visit Exhibitors)
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. MRI Evidence for the Hippocampus’ Role in ECT Response [Amber Leaver, PhD]
4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Predicted Brain Age Predicts Response to TMS [Katharine Dunlop, PhD]
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Poster Session & Reception


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 on-site registration)
  • ISEN Other Clinician Members $490 ($540 on-site registration)
  • ISEN Nurse Members $250 ($300 on-site registration)
  • ISEN Resident/Trainee Members $250 ($300 on-site registration)
  • ISEN Student Members* $150 ($200 on-site registration)
  • ISEN Abstract Poster/Oral Presenters** $250
  • Non-Member Physicians $870 ($920 on-site registration)
  • Non-Member Other Clinicians $870 ($920 on-site registration)
  • Non-Member Nurses $450 ($500 on-site registration)
  • Non-Member Residents/Trainees* $450 ($500 on-site registration)
  • Non-Member Students* $250 ($300-onsite registration)
  • Non-Member Abstract/Poster Oral Presenters** $450

*Requires Program Director Letter Program Director letters should be mailed to Kelly Coffey at meetings@isen-ect.org.

**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, meetings@isen-ect.org at least three weeks prior to the conference date.

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.

Registration Deadline

Friday, April 10, 2020. (Registrations will be taken after the deadline date based on space availability.)

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 April 10, 2020. 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.

Venue & Accommodations

Venue Information

The Westin Philadelphia 99 South 17th Street at Liberty Place Philadelphia, PA 19103

For your convenience, this meeting has been arranged to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. ISEN attendees will appreciate this venue’s proximity to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It is a brief 12-minute walk away.


Attendees are responsible for booking overnight accommodations if needed. A block of rooms has not been reserved at any one hotel, including The Westin Philadelphia. A few other nearby hotels to consider:
  • Le Méridien Philadelphia 1421 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 This hotel is about a four-minute walk from the convention center.
  • Aloft Philadelphia Downtown 101 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 This hotel is about a four-minute walk from the convention center.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 This hotel is about a twelve-minute walk from the convention center.

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 the 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 meetings@isen-ect.org at least three weeks prior to the conference date.

ISEN Trainee Travel Award Scholarship

The International Society of ECT and Neurostimulation is pleased to offer up to four Trainee Travel Award Scholarships to eligible attendees who demonstrate interest in the field of neuromodulation. The travel awards offer an opportunity to attend an outstanding scientific program and interact with internationally distinguished researchers and scientists in the field of ECT and neuromodulation. This award can be used to request reimbursement for travel costs associated with attending the conference, including airfare, hotel, ground transportation.


  • Selections will be made based on strength of the personal statement, letter of recommendation and need for travel funding
  • To receive the travel award, winners are expected to attend the entire meeting, be present for the recognition event, and participate in the ISEN mentor/mentee program
  • Previous Travel Awardees are not eligible to apply
  • Trainee Award: medical student, fellow, post-doctoral fellow, resident

Procedure for application

Download ISEN Trainee Travel Award Scholarship Form (44 kB .pdf)

Application packets should include the following documents:
  • Application form Updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • At least one letter of recommendation highlighting the trainee’s interest in ECT and neurostimulation
  • Personal statement articulating a compelling reason for wanting to attend the Annual Meeting (Max: 250 words)
  • Complete applications must be submitted for consideration via email to meetings@isen-ect.org by 5:00 pm EST on February 28, 2020

Award benefits

  • $1,000 for travel expenses to the ISEN Annual Meeting
  • Annual Meeting registration
  • A one-year ISEN membership

Award notification

  • Award recipients will be notified by email
  • Applicants chosen for an award must confirm that they will attend the meeting within one (1) week of notification of selection
  • Awardees who are selected and accepted but are unable to attend the full ISEN meeting will forfeit the award
  • The award will be presented at the Society’s Annual Meeting

Questions? Please email: meetings@isen-ect.org