Hands-On Cadaver Course for Engineers

7:00 AM - 5:50 PM Thursday, January 17

This premier opportunity offers engineers the opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques and principles of implementation in clinical practice under the direction of experienced faculty. This event combines didactics on spinal cord stimulation, deep brain stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery, as well as other approved clinical applications of neuromodulation strategies, with practical hands-on training in a cadaver laboratory. By developing a broader understanding of the existing technologies and their current applications, attendees will be better equipped to identify and understand the importance of device design and the improvements necessary to advance the field of neuromodulation. This workshop intends to foster a platform for multidisciplinary networking opportunity and create excitement in the neuromodulation space through shared lectures and content with concomitant Pain, Neurosurgery, and Neurology workshops.


Engineers working or conducting research in the field of neuromodulation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the mechanisms of implantable neuromodulation therapies.
  • Identify appropriate patient indications and selection criteria for use of spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, deep brain stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery.
  • Outline implantation techniques for implantable pain therapies.
  • Characterize biologic, technical, and hardware-related complications of implantable neuromodulation therapies.
  • Describe measures and methods to identify, limit, and manage biologic, technical, and hardware-related complications of implantable neuromodulation therapies.

Participants are selected by an application process.

Registration Rates:

Member/Non-Member: $200

Application Deadline: December 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM (EST)



Presidential Address

B. Todd Sitzman, MD

Enhancing Patients Success with Implantable Therapies

David A. Provenzano, MD

Deep Brain Stimulation and Intracranial Ablation for Movement Disorders

Ahmed Raslan, MD

Neuromodulation for Epilepsy

Giridhar Kalamanglam, MD DPhil

Basic Concepts of Neural Interfaces and Implantable Devices

Al Mashal, PhD; Steven M. Falowski, MD

Clinical Panel: Existing Technology and Gaps in Neuromodulation

Krishnan Chakravathy, MD PhD; Al Mashal, PhD; Eric Lee, MD MA; Robert M. Levy, MD PhD; Steven M. Falowski, MD

Matching the Right Therapy with the Right Patient

Robert M. Levy, MD PhD

Mechanisms of Spinal Cord Stimulation

Eric Lee, MA MD

Future of IPG and Lead Design and Modifications: Optimizing Neurostimulation Technology for the Future

Krishnan Chakravathy, MD PhD

Track 1: Intracranial Stereotactic Procedures

Evolving Indications and Technologies for Intracranial Stimulation and Lesioning

Ahmed Raslan, MD

Concepts in Closed Loop Stimulation and Novel, Patient-Customized Targeting Strategies

Jason Lee Gerrard, MD PhD

Emerging Concepts in Stimulation Modeling

Cameron McIntyre, PhD

Track 2: Epilepsy Surgery

Less is More vs More is More: The Role for Grids/Strips vs Stereoelectroencephalography

Wendell B. Lake, MD

Emerging Therapeutic Modalities in Epilepsy Surgery: LITT, DBS, RNS

Jon T. Willie, MD PhD

Update in Evaluative Techniques for LTM Patients (High Frequency Oscillations, Corticocortical Evoked Potentials, Granger Causality Analysis)

Imad Najm, MD

Track 3: Engineers

Emerging Concepts in Stimulation Modeling 

Cameron McIntyre, PhD

Physiologic Response to Waveforms

Krishnan Chakravathy, MD PhD


Faculty subject to change.