3rd Bi-Annual Meeting of the Dutch, German and Belgian ECT workgroups

vr 15 maart 2019 (12.00) tot za 16 maart 2019 (15.00)

This international ECT-congress gathers clinicians and scientist from Dutch- and German-speaking countries, updating the current knowledge on ECT and presenting exciting research data!

Auditorium Congrescentrum UPC KU Leuven
Leuvensesteenweg 517
3070 Kortenberg
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Friday, March 15

12.00 - 13.00 | Registration and coffee

13.00 - 13.10 | Welcome
Pascal Sienaert, MD, PhD, UPC KU Leuven, Belgium

Predicting outcome and side-effects - Chair: Bas Verwey

13.10 - 13.30 | Prediction of cognitive side-effects: better to prevent than to cure
Esmee Verwijk, PhD, University Medical Centers Amsterdam & Parnassia Psychiatric Institute, The Netherlands

13.30 - 13.50 | Individual prediction of ECT response using multicenter neuroimaging data: for the GEMRIC consortium 
Willem Bruin, Rajat Thomas, Annemieke Dols, Guido van Wingen - Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

13.50 - 14.10 | Psychomotor dysfunction predicts ECT outcome in depression 
Simon Van Marcke, University of Antwerp, Belgium

14.10 - 14.30 | A distinction between primary and secondary predictors of ECT outcome
Linda Van Diermen, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Discussion Forum

14.30 - 15.00 | ECT-technique - Should we choose unilateral ultrabrief pulse ECT as a standard or care?
Harm-Pieter Spaans (TBC) - Michael Grözinger - Esmee Verwijk - Moderator (TBC)

15.00 - 15.30 | Coffee break

Young Researcher Session - Chair: Michael Grözinger

15.30 - 15.50 | Is outcome of psychotic vs nonpsychotic depression dependent on index episode in patients treated with ECT
Mardien L. Oudega, Marc Burgers (presenter), de Winter FL, Sienaert P, Max L. Stek, Annemieke Dols, Eric van Exel

15.50 - 16.10 | Hippocampal Volume Change and Cognitive Change Following ECT in Late-Life Depression
Maarten Laroy, UPC KU Leuven, Belgium

16.10 - 16.30 | Long-term cognitive effect
Jasmien Obbels, UPC KU Leuven, Belgium

16.30 - 16.50 | The accumbens region : a central hub for the motor effects of ECT?
Jean-Baptiste Belge, PZ Duffel, Belgium

Stretch a leg

17.00 - 17.40 | Live interview with Georgios Petrides (US) - ECT in the US: new developments including an interview with George Petrides
Christiane Först, Karl-Jaspers-Psychiatric Clinik, Bad Zwischenahn, Germany

Get Together Diner - on site - Please register so a reservation can be made! Payment on site, at registration desk (50 euro - Cash only).


Saturday, March 16

08.50 - 09.00 | Welcome and introduction
Pascal Sienaert, MD, PhD, UPC KU Leuven, Belgium

Catatonia Symposium - Chair: Pascal Sienaert

09.00 - 09.20 | ECT in a patient with dementia developing a malignant catatonia 
Barbara Deimling, Department of Gerontopsychiatry, Rhein Mosel Psychiatric Clinic, Andernach, Germany

09.20 - 09.40 | Why Hungarian psychiatrists do not use ECT in the treatment of catatonia?
Gábor Gazdag, Rozália Takács

09.40 - 10.00 | Amsterdam Catatonia Protocol; How to treat catatonia unambiguously in Amsterdam with medication
Eric Van Exel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Discussion Forum

10.00 - 10.30 | Catatonia: why ECT? (And When?)
All speakers of the catatonia-symposium - Moderator TBC

10.30 - 11.00 | Coffee break

Clinical Symposium - Chair: Max Stek

11.00 - 11.20 | Does an adjunctive antidepressant enhance the efficacy of ECT in major depression? A systematic review and metaanalysis
Tom Birkenhager, MD, PhD, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

11.20 - 11.40 | ECT in depression with severe borderline comorbidity - dramatic reduction of self-injury behavior and suicidal ideations 
Sascha Weber, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen, Germany

11.40 - 12.00 | Electroconvulsive therapy in a patient with multiple cerebral cavernous hemangioma and prior epilepsy surgery: a casereport and literature overview
Boonen I., Titeca K., Geerts P. Department Psychiatry AZ Groeninge Kortrijk, and University of Ghent, Belgium.

12.00 - 12.20 | Angina pectoris and elevated troponin level after ECT 
Gereon Schnellbächer,UK Aachen, Aachen, Germany

12.20 - 12.40 | BDNF as a possible predictor of ECT outcome
Lisa van Zutphen, Msc, Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands

13.00 | Closing remarks
Michael Grözinger, Bas Verwey and Pascal Sienaert

Light Lunch Before Leaving - On site (free)


Visit to AcCENT - ECT-unit

For those who are interested, a short tour of the ECT-unit of the UPC KU Leuven will be organized, led by members of the treatment team, after lunch.


Pascal Sienaert (B), Michael Grözinger (DE), Bas Verwey (NL)


The workshop is free of charge, Friday evening dinner has to be paid individually upon registration at the registration desk.

Donations are welcomed.

Some hotel suggestions

very close to venue (3 min drive)

very close to brussels airport (airport is @ 12 km from venue)

we’d recommend staying in Leuven, university town, @ 13 km from venue

  • Kloosterhotel best in town….
  • Ibis
  • Park Inn - next to the railway station Leuven 
    (with train from Leuven to venue in Kortenberg takes 15 min train + 10 minute walk)

Brussels, capital
central market square Brussels is @ 30 minute drive from venue, in normal traffic!
Brussels has numerous hotels in all price categories.






Accreditering is aangevraagd


UPC KU Leuven in samenwerking met de Vlaamse Vereniging voor Psychiatrie (VVP)

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