12th Annual Meeting

Budapest - November 08-09, 2019

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Save The Date: EFFECT Budapest Nov 8-9.2019!

We’ll have our next meeting, ‘Back to Basics’, in the cradle of convulsive therapy: Budapest, Hungary. Save the date for our next 2-day meeting on november 8-9, 2019! More details


EFFECT continuously on the move


European Forum for Electroconvulsive Therapy

ECT is the most efficacious biological treatment for the most severe psychiatric disorders. In several European countries, however, psychiatrists and patients still struggle with the stigmatzing negative image of ECT. To ensure that patients and service users across Europe have access to safe and effective ECT when appropriate, a European Forum for ECT was founded.

In November 2005 Björn Wahlund (SE), Pascal Sienaert (BE) and King Han Kho (NL) decided to organize the EFFECT founding meeting. Several ECT psychiatrists across Europe were invited to join this meeting which took place in Leuven, Belgium, from 3-5 February 2006.

On February 4, 2006, The European Forum for ECT was inaugurated at the University Psychiatric Center – KU Leuven, campus Kortenberg in Belgium. An executive board was elected with Tom G. Bolwig (DK) as President, Björn Wahlund (SE) as Chairman, King Han Kho (NL) as Secretary, and Pascal Sienaert (BE) as Treasurer. Since then, EFFECT brought together clinicians and researchers to improve the practice of ECT, and to reduce its stigma.


European Forum for Electroconvulsive Therapy


Effect aims to combat the stigma associated with ECT


Effect aims to promote ECT research and to inform the general public about ECT and its use.


Effect aims to educate mental health and other professionals about ECT and its use

High standard

Effect aims to work towards a high standard of ECT practice across Europe and to develop guidelines

  • Venue

    Semmelweis University

    Department of Psychiatry

    H-1083 Budapest, Balassa utca 6.


  • Date

    Friday, November 8, 2019

    Saturday, November 9, 2019

  • Time

    Friday 12:30 – 17:30

    Saturday 08:30 – 16:30

  • Registration Fee

    Free to ECT practitioners who register from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Croatia.

    For all other participants, €70 can be transferred to

    Zorg KU Leuven – EFFECT
    Leuvensesteenweg 517
    3070 Kortenberg (Belgium)

    IBAN BE94 7795 9036 9114


12th Annual Meeting EFFECT

Back To Basics - Effective clinical practice in ECT

  • 12:30 - 13:30 - Welcome & Introduction

    12:30 -13:10 Registration for Days 1 and 2
    13:10 -13:20 Introduction and welcome – Gabor Gazdag (Hungary), Pascal Sienaert (Belgium)13:20 – 13:30 Opening remarks – János Réthelyi (Head, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis University, Hungary)

  • 13:40 - ECT in Eastern & Southern Europe - Chair János Réthelyi (HU), Charles Kellner (USA)

    13:30 –  ECT and Hungary: return to the future – Márton Asztalos (HU)

    13:45 – Changes in ECT practice in the Dept Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis University – Levente Hermán (HU)

    14:00 – ECT in Italy: past, present and future – Gabriele Sani (IT)

    14:20 – ECT practice in Slovakia: a brief history, current status and future prospects – Jozef Dragasek (Slovakia)

    14:40 – ECT in Poland: past, present and future – Anna Z. Antosik-Wójcińska (Poland)

  • 15:00 - Coffee!
  • 15:30 - Clinical Practice - Jozef Dragasek (Slovakia) - George Petrides (USA)

    15:30 – Indications for ECT: who benefits the most? – Pascal Sienaert (Belgium)

    16:00 – Is there a role for ECT in schizophrenia? – George Petrides (USA)

    16:30 – Optimising ECT technique: dos and don’ts – Charles Kellner (USA)

    17:00 – How can we (start to) understand ECT-related anxiety? – Jasmien Obbels (Belgium)

  • 17:30 - Closing Remarks

    Gabor Gazdag (Hungary), Pascal Sienaert (Belgium)

  • 08:30 - Registration
  • 08:50 - Opening remarks

    Gabor Gazdag (HU) – Pascal Sienaert (B)

  • 09:00 - Clinical Practice (2) - Chair Esmee Verwijk (NL), Anna Z. Antosik-Wójcińska (PL)

    09:00 – What is a good ECT Clinic? – Vicky Cartwright (ECTAS, UK) TBC

    09:30 – Quality and standards in ECT: a role for nursing leadership? – Kara Hannigan (UK)

    10:00 – ECT and anaesthesia: what do I need to know? – Alexander Sartorius (DE)

    10:30 – When should we consider maintenance ECT? – Charles Kellner (USA)

  • 11:00 - Break!
  • 11:30 - ECT Case-Based Discussions - Common clinical scenarios and their management - Declan McLoughlin (IE)
  • 12:15 - Discussion Forum - Stigma and ECT: how should we deal with it?

    Moderator – Declan McLoughlin (Ireland)

    Discussants – Esmée Verwijk, Alexander Sartorius, Gábor Gazdag

  • 13:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - Clinical Practice (3)

    14:00 – Physical effects of ECT: how to monitor? Declan McLoughlin (IR)

    14:30 – Cognitive side-effects of ECT: how to assess and minimize? Esmée Verwijk (NL)

    15:00 – ECT and risk of death, suicide, dementia, stroke and epilepsy Martin Balslev Jørgensen (DK)

    15:30 – Is there a role for neuroimaging in ECT practice? Miklós Argyelán (USA)

    16:00 – Are there other indications for ECT? Harm-Pieter Spaans (NL); Martin Balslev Jørgensen (DK)

  • 16:30 - Closing remarks

    Gabor Gazdag (HU), Pascal Sienaert (B)

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