ECMT is an independent non-profit association

founded in 1995

ECMT Mission Statement

European Continuing Medical Training is a non-profit association founded in 1995, by a group of physicians for the education of physicians. 

The main objective of ECMT is to organize high level medical training courses with special attention to continuity. 

ECMT brings together European and International Experts on specific medical topics to provide theoretical and hands-on education to support continuous learning and adoption into daily clinical practice. 

ECMT cannot function without an educational grant from the industry, although ECMT will guarantee its independence by applying financial resources to organize advanced training courses on different medical topics on an ethical and deontological basis.

ECMT Curriculum

  • Phase I: ex cathedra congresses or symposia, cadaver courses
  • Phase II: on-site trainings in expert center
  • Phase III: on-site support for interventions; On-site support for starting centers (centers who followed phase I or II training)
  • Effective practice management course
  • Creating a group of physicians in different fields who are willing to accept visitors for training

Medical Area of Involvement

Neuromodulation includes therapies that alter nerve activity by delivering electrical or pharmaceutical agents directly to a target area. Neurostimulation is the modulation of the nervous system with electrical signals and is used as a treatment for unmanageable chronic pain and/or movement disorders.

Different forms of neuromodulation exist: 

  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) where the nervous tissues on a specific portion of the spinal cord are electrically stimulated to block pain signals to the brain.  SCS is generally indicated for use as an aid in the management of chronic, intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs; stable intractable Angina Pectoris or Peripheral Vascular Disease in patients who are not candidates for revascularization.
  • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) where a specific nerve or an area of pain is targeted to relieve pain locally. PNS is generally indicated for use as an aid in the management of chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs or implanted subcutaneously for chronic intractable pain of the posterior trunk.  
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a highly targeted, mild electrical stimulation in the brain which influences movement control, specifically on either the subthalamic nucleus, the internal globus pallidus or the ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus. DBS could be indicated in the treatment of Movement Disorders (Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremor, Dystonia), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and Epilepsy.
  • Sacral Neuromodulation (SNM) involves the stimulation of the sacral nerves to modulate the neural reflexes that influence the lower urinary and intestinal tracts. SNM is generally indicated for the management of overactive bladder, Non-obstructive urinary retention and fecal incontinence. 
  • Intrathecal Drug Delivery (IDD) consists of the delivery of a pharmacology agent directly to the target site, around the spinal cord (in the intrathecal space). IDD can be used to treat chronic pain (by administrating opioid and non-opioid analgesics) or spasticity (by infusing baclofen) which is then called ITB (Intrathecal Baclofen). IDD is recommended by the PACC for some of the following painful conditions: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, back, abdominal/pelvic, trunk, extremities pain and cancer pain or when analgesic efficacy with systemic opioids is complicated by intolerable side effects.

Different manufacturers of neuromodulation systems may have different approved indications for use. Always refer to the product manufacturers labelling. 

ECMT is aware that the constant expansion of the use of Interventional Neuromodulation therapies as a standard of care for patients suffering from these disorders, poses a new educational challenge and has therefore committed itself to support the transfer of knowledge and experience which is essential to meet the quality standards required by these therapies.

ECMT Board

The Chairman of ECMT is Prof. Jean-Pierre van Buyten, anaesthesiologist in Sint Niklaas, Belgium. The other members of the Board are:

- Prof. Erik Cattrysse, head of EXAN department from VUB Brussels, Belgium

- Prof. Eric Buchser, anaesthesiologist from Morges, Switzerland

- Prof. Stefan De Wachter, urologist from Antwerp, Belgium

- Prof. Maarten Moens, neurosurgeon from Brussels, Belgium

We honour and thank also our previous Board members:

Dr. Jan Maeyaert, co-founder of ECMT - retired from ECMT Board in 2020

em. Prof. Jan Clarys - retired from ECMT Board in 2017 and sadly passed away in 2023

Prof. Jean-Pierre van Buyten

Pain management physician From Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
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Prof. Erik Cattrysse

Head of the department Experimental Anatomy From Brussels, Belgium
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Prof. Eric Buchser

Pain management physician From Morges, Switzerland
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Prof. Stefan De Wachter

Urologist From Antwerpen, Belgium
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Prof. Maarten Moens

Neurosurgeon From Brussels, Belgium
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The history of ECMT

ECMT, a non-profit organisation was founded on February 5th, 1995 by a group of experts in the use of Neuromodulation therapies for different pathologies.

Prof. em. Jan Gybels became president of ECMT and co-founders envisioned an organization that would offer continuing medical training of new technologies in the area of Neuromodulation and provide training credits delivered by the Belgian Ministry of Health.

Since its very beginning ECMT has offered different kinds of educational events: Pan European meetings with international expert faculty (Phase I), on site tutorials in centres with broad experience in Neuromodulation (Phase II) and support in situ to physicians wanting to use new technologies (Phase III).

In total, more than 5000 physicians have participated in an ECMT educational program. All educational activities are being sponsored with financial support of the medical industry, being Medtronic Europe the main sponsor for these activities.

ECMT Curriculum

  • Bye-laws of European Continuing Medical Training (E.C.M.T.)
  • Den Hert, 9250 Waasmunster
  • BTW BE 0455.124.592
  • RPR Gent KBO nr. 0455.124.592

Photo, Video and Course materials Policy

During ECMT training programs, it is not allowed to make any images or recordings.

During ECMT training courses, participants will receive a USB memory stick with all the presentations in PDF format. This information is reference material for participants only and can not be distributed to others. It is not allowed to make copies nor use any of this material for other purposes.

We kindly request participants to respect these policies.