Epilepsy Focus Group

The field of epilepsy surgery is rapidly changing, given novel technologies for neurostimulation and image-guided ablation, as well as the increased use of minimally invasive monitoring strategies. This session will help put both new and old treatment options in context, together with example cases.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Compare and contrast traditional diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for epilepsy (e.g., subdural grids and resection) with emerging and minimally invasive alternatives (e.g., neurostimulation, laser, and SEEG).
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8:30 am–4 pm Thursday, January 11

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, panel discussions, and a Jeopardy board review. The material will be presented by physician and APP faculty and will be relevant for anyone with an interest in neuromodulation or working in a pain management, neurosurgery, neurology, orthopedic, or physical medicine and rehabilitation practice.

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1:30–3 pm Saturday, January 13

What Do You Need to Know About Movement Disorders Surgery?

This session will review advancements in cranial neuromodulation for the treatment of neurological disorders. This will include advances in deep brain stimulation (DBS) applications and the use of sensors to detect electrographic activity to feed stimulation systems. In addition, current applications of focused ultrasound will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe recent advances in DBS applications for neurological disorders, including movement disorders and epilepsy.
  • Review current advances on the use of focused ultrasound for movement disorders.
  • Describe advancements in sensing technology for DBS systems.
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1:30–3 pm Saturday, January 13

NIC Closed Loop Stimulation

In this session geared toward engineers, basic scientists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons, we discuss progress on closing the loop in deep brain stimulation. Further, we explore clinical and research tools to improve programming and our understanding of mechanisms of action to optimize means of feedback.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize how optogenetics can be used to elucidate mechanisms of action of chronic pain in the central nervous system.
  • Explain how functional imaging provides insight into deep brain stimulation network activation.
  • Describe how to most efficiently and effectively deliver deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease.
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