About the North American Neuromodulation Society's Annual Meeting

Letter from the NANS President and Annual Meeting Planning Committee

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We are pleased to invite you to the NANS 21st Annual Meeting—the world’s largest meeting in the field of neuromodulation! The 2018 meeting offers opportunities for networking with colleagues, hearing state-of-the-art lectures, and discovering the newest and upcoming advances in devices in our exhibit hall. With participants from more than 20 countries, NANS is the premier meeting in the world to capture the latest advances in the science and practice of neuromodulation.

We have an extensive and exciting Premeeting Educational Program, scheduled for Thursday, January 11, 2018. New to the NANS Annual Meeting is the Continuum of Care from Wearables to Noninvasive Neuromodulation course, which will include theoretical and hands-on practical training on the use of noninvasive neuromodulation. The agenda includes our popular Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Neurosurgery Residents and Pain Fellows, combining didactic lectures and hands-on training. This year’s offerings also include the Neurology Neuromodulation Workshop, the Hands-On Cadaver Course for Engineers, and the Coding & Billing Workshop. The Certificate of Attendance Workshop has been expanded into two offerings this year—the Certificate of Attendance: Advanced Neuraxial Neuromodulation course, which will focus on evidence-based and appropriate utilization of implantable therapies for pain management, and the Certificate of Attendance: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation course, which is a groundbreaking course that will provide evidence-based and expert-driven instruction on peripheral nerve stimulation. NANS also will present a full-day course to review the principles of intrathecal therapy management titled, “I Just Inherited 100 Pump Patients: What Do I Do Now? A Case-Based Approach.” The Advanced Practice Provider Course, in its ninth year, covers the A to Z of neuromodulation.

The theme of the NANS 21st Annual Meeting is “Expanding our Minds.” Over the past 2 decades, advances in neuromodulation have continued to accelerate. The brain in particular has been at the forefront of progress in research and clinical arenas. Clinical frontiers of brain neuromodulation touch upon movement disorders, psychiatric diseases, sleep disorders, cardiac/autonomic regulation, and pain. The science of neuromodulation now includes sophisticated materials, advanced imaging and technologies, noninvasive brain modulation, and brain-machine interfaces. The NANS 21st Annual Meeting celebrates these advances. Plenary sessions will feature groundbreaking work on spinal cord stimulation for paralysis and a call to action, a debate on when to use which spinal cord stimulation technologies, an evaluation of neuromodulation evidence, and lectures to expand our minds when thinking about neuromodulation technologies. Our keynote speaker, David Eagleman, PhD, will discuss the interface between technology and human biology.

In addition to accentuating the highlights of brain neuromodulation advances, the 21st Annual Meeting will focus on the latest advances in the field and explore them in detail. Concurrent sessions will allow opportunities for neurologists, engineers, and neuroscientists to interface with clinicians. Several sessions will focus on existing and emerging brain technologies. Others will partner with our colleagues in the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and Neural Interfaces Conference to provide the most up-to-date clinical and research advances. We additionally offer sessions for advanced practice providers and residents/fellows. Scientific abstracts will be selected for presentation in different formats throughout the duration of the meeting. Selected abstracts will cover a variety of topics, including complications, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, engineering, intrathecal therapy, movement disorders, neuromodulation for headaches, psychiatric disorders, spinal cord stimulation, cranial and peripheral nerve stimulation, and more.

Don’t miss this world-class event, the largest meeting of its kind dedicated to the field of neuromodulation. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!