8 am–5 pm Thursday, January 11

Continuum of Care from Wearables to Non-Invasive Brain Neuromodulation

Spanning a range of neuropsychiatric indications, this workshop includes theoretical and hands-on practical training on the use of noninvasive neuromodulation. Techniques covered including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), and transcutaneous Spinal Direct Cord Stimulation (tsDCS). Lectures will address mechanisms of noninvasive brain stimulation techniques, common applications, and how noninvasive approach and invasive brain stimulation are complementary in the continuum of patient care and clinical research. The workshop also will cover emerging applications of wearables in medicine.

Target Audience

Provides a broad introduction to types of brain technology and emerging applications relevant to physicians at all levels, scientists, clinical trials regulatory specialists, and engineers.

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7 am–5:45 pm Thursday, January 11

Hands-On Cadaver Course for Engineers

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.

Target Audience

Engineers working or conducting research in the field of neuromodulation.

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Plenary Session III: A Live Debate on Which Devices We Should Use When

As the field of neuromodulation experiences explosive innovation, the range of technology available to create customized patient care solutions is enormous. From Burst to High-Frequency stimulation, the options to treat the most complex pain patterns are extensive. This plenary session, showcasing the works of leading innovators, will help guide practitioners on the best options for their patients.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the benefits of Burst Stimulation in addressing complex presentations.
  • Discuss the role of High-Frequency Stimulation in the management of Radicular Pain.
  • Describe the key elements of Algorithmic Programming.
  • Illustrate the role of Adaptive Stimulation on patient satisfaction.
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3:30–5 pm Friday, January 12

NIC: Steps Closer to Human Brain Machine Interfaces

Key tenets in improving neuromodulatory efficacy for existing or novel usage is to delineate how this approach affects cell and network activity and identify optimal stimulation targets and settings. Preclinical studies can aid in these endeavors.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe how brain-machine interface or cortical microstimulation is employed to inform us of neural circuit activity and disease conditions.
  • Identify some of the basic neuroscience techniques used in preclinical studies to unmask novel deep brain stimulation targets for neurological conditions.
  • Explain how alternative deep brain stimulation targets can improve motor function and posture.
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3:30–5 pm Friday, January 12

Strategies for Practice Development: Residents and Fellows Session

During this interactive session, we will discuss industry partnerships and ancillary revenue streams in a neuromodulation practice. We also will provide insight into how to get involved on a national level to advocate for other neuromodulators and yourself.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify decision points for engaging with new industry partners/technologies, as well as managing relationships with industry in your practice.
  • Describe clinical and ancillary revenue streams in place in practices, including office visits, interventions, pharmacy, durable medical equipment, consulting, research, medicolegal work, and physical therapy.
  • Discuss issues at a national level related to neuromodulation and NANS legislative fellowship experience.
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1:30–3 pm Friday, January 12

NIC: Frontiers in Neuroscience Enabled by Invasive Devices

The field of human Brain Machine Interface (BMI) research and development has focused on neuroprosthetics applications aimed at restoring damaged hearing, sight, and movement. Recent approaches incorporate sensory feedback to close the BMI loop. Emerging frontiers in innovation and research in human BMI will be discussed and debated.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss and debate the limitations of achievable actions (e.g., fast maneuvers in motor control) and restoration in human BMI.
  • Explain how new technologies (electrodes and prosthetics) in BMI may warrant revisiting efficacy.
  • Describe status and challenges of closed-loop BMI via electrical stimulation of nerves or brain.
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1:30–3 pm Friday, January 12

Brain-Based Pain Therapies

Though reserved for refractory patients, brain neuromodulation is an option for chronic pain. With new technologies, both invasive and noninvasive therapies are revisited.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss how different components of pain processing may be modulated.
  • Explain how new technologies for deep brain stimulation and motor cortex stimulation may warrant revisiting efficacy.
  • Describe cutting-edge research in transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment of chronic pain.
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10:30 am–Noon Friday, January 12

Plenary Session II: Next Generation Neuroscience

We will discuss how understanding of brain health, scientific advances, and wearables may improve neuromodulation as we know it. This plenary session provides an in-depth look at the newest neuromodulation technologies.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe how scientific advances will shape neuromodulation devices of the future.
  • Examine the potential impact of wearables in neuromodulation.
  • Illustrate how optimization of baseline brain functions may improve opportunity to use neuromodulatory devices.
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