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

Advancing Pain Management Science and Education: ASRA Special Session

This session will highlight recent advances in understanding for chronic pain management that influence procedural outcomes. The session will define the influence of opioids on surgical outcomes and methods to mitigate the negative effects. Contrast hypersensitivity reactions will be explored and best practices will be defined. Recent concerns regarding gadolinium-based contrast agents including brain deposition and acute neurotoxicity will be characterized. Furthermore, the significant concerns surrounding gadolinium use as an alternative contrast agent in individuals with iodinated contrast hypersensitivity reactions will be explored. The future of interventional headache care will be explored. The session will also analyze the current research on analgesic pharmacological and interventional therapies and their impact on cancer disease progression and recurrence.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Eugene R. Viscusi, MD

David A. Provenzano, MD

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Structural-Functional Brain Mapping Workshop

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest to understand and construct structural-functional brain maps using diffusion sensitized imaging and BOLD fMRI in neuromodulation. These neuroimaging biomarkers can help to establish an understanding of neurological basis for monitoring symptoms while implementing longitudinal management of disease progress in people with neurological disorders (epilepsy, tumor, Parkinson and so on) for routine care, rehabilitation, or in experimental therapeutic treatments. This will lead surgeons to individualize treatments for these patients. This session will examine the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques such as BOLD fMRI, DTI and tractography in conjugation with neuromodulation to better understand the therapeutic mechanism of brain stimulation. The ultimate aim of this session is to better understand how impaired functional and structural subnetworks contribute to neurological and psychiatric symptoms, and use this information to stratify optimum targeted therapies using noninvasive brain stimulation techniques.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Dario J. Englot, MD PhD

Mahdi Alizadeh, PhD

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Spine Intervention Society: Radiofrequency Ablation-Assessing the Current Evidence

This session will outline the most evidence-based approach for diagnosing and treating posterior element pain in an interventional spine practice. During this session, we will discuss patient selection and why it is critical to achieving ideal patient outcomes. The importance of performing a critical, evidence-based review and critique of the literature will be reviewed. We will end with a discussion of new technology for ablation for vertebrogenic pain.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Aaron K. Calodney, MD

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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