The article below was written by Jordan Galerkin and published in TMS Today (the newsletter of the Clinical TMS Society) on 21st May 2024.

Top 3 Reasons to Attend the Annual Meeting

A Conversation with Dr. Mohamed Abdelghani and Dr. Todd Hutton

We met with co-chairs of the Annual Meeting Committee, Dr. Mohamed Abdelghani and Dr. Todd Hutton, to learn more about the Clinical TMS Society Annual Meeting in London this June 13-15, 2024.

Here are the top three reasons why you should attend!

An Introduction to Dr. Abdelghani and Dr. Hutton

Dr. Abdelghani and Dr. Hutton are both past presidents and longtime members of the Clinical TMS Society. Dr. Hutton joined the Society early on and attended the first Annual Meeting in 2013, and Dr. Abdelghani joined the Society a few years after.

“We’re both former presidents of the Society. We’re both co-chairs of the Annual Meeting Committee. We’re both current Board Members…we have both taught at PULSES,” explains Dr. Hutton.

“And we’re both good friends!” Dr. Abdelghani adds with a smile.

1: The People

One of the top reasons why you should attend the Annual Meeting is for the people. Dr. Abdelghani and Dr. Hutton shared that they first met at an Annual Meeting.

“That’s the great thing about the Annual Meeting. You meet all these people who are [practicing TMS] in different places,” Dr. Hutton says. “I always say, half the meeting happens in the hallway—in all the connections you make and the people you talk to.”

For this reason, the Annual Meeting committee is adding more networking events to this year’s meeting. “We have been quite keen to have high quality gatherings outside of the lecture hall itself,” Dr. Abdelghani explains. These gatherings include an opening reception at the Royal Institution and the gala and convocation of Society Fellows at One Great George Street, a historical location near Parliament.

“The Royal Institution is where electromagnetism was discovered, which led to TMS,” Dr. Hutton says. “Michael Faraday’s laboratory was right there in the basement of the Royal Institution. He gave lectures in the hall there…so it’s a very historical place.” Attendees will be able to see the Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution, which is home to Faraday’s original magnetic coil and a replica of his laboratory. During this opening reception, Tony Barker will give a brief lecture about Michael Faraday.

2: The Programming

Another top reason to attend is the exciting programming added to this year’s Annual Meeting, based on feedback from members and attendees of past meetings. In addition to traditional plenary sessions, the meeting will incorporate symposiums, an expert panel, and plenty of time for Q & A.

“We will have two symposiums on hot topics in TMS…with three speakers on each topic giving short presentations …and a Q & A with them as a panel,” Dr. Abdelghani explains. “There will be more time for interaction with the audience.”

Dr. Abdelghani explains why the Annual Meeting is important for all TMS practitioners. “I always think of the Annual Meeting as the meeting clinicians cannot miss…[because] the field is growing very quickly,” he says. “The speakers we have this year are quite diverse, from a variety of different countries, and they will cover a variety of topics.”

“You won’t want to miss the meeting,” Dr. Hutton agrees. “I’m excited about the speakers…The meeting is going to open with Mark George, one of the founding fathers of TMS…We’re also going to have a 90 minute ‘Ask the Experts’ panel that includes Mark George, Linda Carpenter, Michelle Cochran, Rebecca Allen, and Alex Sack.”

3: The Place

The final top reason to attend this Annual Meeting is the place it will be held– London, England. It is the first Annual Meeting to be held outside of North America.

“The Clinical TMS Society has members all over the world, and we thought our meetings needed to reflect that,” says Dr. Hutton of the decision to host the meeting in London. Hosting a meeting outside of North America was also a priority for Dr. Abdelghani during his Society presidency. He lives in London and was the first Society member from outside of the United States to be elected to the board of directors and elected president.

“While the highest density of clinical TMS happens in the USA…the birthplace of TMS was the UK. Tony Barker, who will be speaking at our Annual Meeting this year, designed the first TMS device in the mid-1980s in Sheffield and some of the initial and influential TMS research took place in London,” Dr. Abdelghani explains. “Also, the scientific concepts of electromagnetism on which Tony built his design…was coined by the British scientist Michael Faraday [who worked at] the Royal Institute. So, we are going back to the birthplace of TMS.”

London is also a wonderful European capital to visit and for anyone making a longer journey there is the opportunity to extend your trip. “London is one of the most international cities in the world and there’s a lot to do there, and there’s lots of history there,” Dr. Hutton adds.

“You cannot get bored in London!” Dr. Abdelghani insists. “And by train or plane, within an hour or two you can reach at least seven other European capitals, so people might want to make a holiday out of it.”

The Annual Meeting will take Place June 13-15 in London and it is the top TMS event of the year. You won’t want to miss it! Take a look at the overview of events below, and to view the full schedule and register for the meeting, Click Here.

Annual Meeting Overview
• Thursday, June 13: Welcome Reception & Registration Check-In
• Friday, June 14: Annual Meeting Welcome, Sessions & Annual Gala
o Sessions include New Directions in the Clinical and Research Application of rTMS for OCD Symposium
• Saturday, June 15: Annual Meeting Sessions & Closing Remarks
o Sessions include rTMS for Targeting Symposium and Ask the Experts Panel