8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday, January 23

Advanced Practice Provider Course (PAs, NPs, Nurses): A to Z in Neuromodulation

This course will provide advanced practice providers (APPs) an overview of topics in neuromodulation through lectures, case studies, and panel discussions. The material will be presented by physician and APP faculty and will be relevant for anyone with an interest in neuromodulation or working in pain management, neurosurgery, neurology, orthopedic, or physical medicine and rehabilitation practice.

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday, January 23

Engineering Principles of Spinal Cord Stimulation and Deep Brain Stimulation for Clinicians

The exciting workshop will present engineering principles relevant to Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). The target audience is clinicians that currently utilize or are interested in incorporating SCS and/or DBS technologies into their clinical practice. The field of neuromodulation is rapidly evolving and several technologies are now clinically available. These systems have diverse lead and stimulator designs. It is not always clear how different designs or waveform parameters affect the neural response and corresponding efficacy of the stimulation. Therefore, the goal of this course is to provide clinicians with an overview of the engineering principles and biophysics relevant to SCS and DBS. This course will also present the current understanding of the physiological effects and mechanisms of action of standard and emerging forms of SCS and DBS. Furthermore, this course will describe safety and regulatory issues that are critical to electrode design and stimulation parameters. At the end of the course, attendees will have a better understanding of the physiological and technical factors that determine the neural response to SCS and DBS. The ultimate goal of this course is to provide attendees with knowledge that will aid in their clinical implementation of SCS and DBS technologies.

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1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Friday, January 24

Neuromodulation in Epilepsy: From Bench to OR to Outcomes

Neuromodulation treatments to treat drug-resistant epilepsy are expanding, including treatment paradigms that stimulate the brain directly to prevent or reduce seizures. With a growing number of options, several questions arise. What is the science behind brain stimulation in epilepsy, and how can animal models help us find new targets? What effects does neurostimulation have on brain networks beyond seizure control? How do we determine the best stimulation paradigm for an individual patient, and should it be open or closed loop? This session will examine how far we've come and where to go next in the rapidly growing field of epilepsy neuromodulation.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Dario J. Englot, MD PhD

Damian S. Shin, MSc PhD

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Beyond Pain: Role of Neuromodulation in Treating Non-Pain Syndromes

Neuromodulation is one of the most promising technologies in modern day medicine. Clinical applications for this technology have focused on treating pain and movement-related disorders, but there are a growing number of novel indications for neuromodulatory therapies. The role of neuromodulation in treating cardiovascular disorders, sequelae of spinal cord injury, tremors, and other refractory conditions will be discussed in this session.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Salim M. Hayek, MD PhD

Julie G. Pilitsis, MD PhD

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Emerging Mechanisms of Neuromodulation: From Cellular to Network Substrates

This session will focus on the current state-of-art about the mechanisms of action underlying neuromodulation in providing therapeutic efficacy. Speakers will present current knowledge on various modalities of neuromodulation involving electrical deep brain stimulation to non-invasive ultrasound and their ability and scope to alter expression and/or activity of substrates spanning molecules, cells to neural circuits. The information will help to provide a more comprehensive perspective about affected substrates from neuromodulation. Knowledge arising from this synopsis can be leveraged to optimize, personalize and/or further innovate neuromodulation efficacy.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Damian S. Shin, MSc PhD

Marom Bikson, PhD

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