About the North American Neuromodulation Society's Annual Meeting

Letter from the Scientific Program Chairs

We are thrilled to invite you to the NANS 24th Annual Meeting — the first NANS virtual meeting! The 2021 Virtual Meeting will showcase the latest advances in the field through cutting edge plenary sessions, presentations, and oral abstract presentations, as well as exhibitions from numerous device companies. NANS will offer attendees an opportunity to connect with colleagues and potential collaborators, continuing to serve as the premier meeting for advancing the science and practice of neuromodulation.

The theme of the 2021 NANS Virtual Meeting is "Harnessing the Force of Neuromodulation." In recent years, neuromodulation has encompassed research far beyond Pain, reaching new frontiers in psychiatry, neuromodulation for “non-neurological” conditions, and engineering, to name a few. As we find ourselves witnessing the evolving exploration of neuromodulation, we knew our meeting program had to match the growing impact of the field. This year, we are introducing tracks incorporating Clinical Trial Design, Education, Diversity & Future Therapies, Engineering, Intracranial Neuromodulation, Pain, and Psychiatry.

The first plenary session on Friday will feature late-breaking abstracts – highly ranked new and novel research that will make its premiere at the NANS Virtual Meeting. Each late-breaking abstract is followed by a live-stream Q&A, with the Plenary moderator and the presenting authors. The second plenary will explore the advanced integration of robotics and neuromodulation for stroke rehabilitation, using advanced intracranial mapping to understand depression and the mechanisms of deep stimulation, and spinal microstimulation to restore movement after spinal cord stimulation. On Saturday, key opinion leaders will review innovative new research and clinical trials conducted in gastric, respiratory, and cardiac function. Honored Guest Lecturer Quinn Capers, MD, will present "Fighting Bias and Racism in Medicine by Enhancing Diversity." This presentation comes at a critical time as our nation fights the negative impact of racism, and we, as healthcare professionals, must confront the racial inequities in our healthcare system as well. Plenary sessions will host a live-stream Q&A with our moderators and faculty.

Concurrent sessions on Friday and Saturday will cover crucial developments in neuromodulation. Sessions focus on a variety of tracks showcasing the progress of neuromodulation research and scientific advances. Additionally, NANS is proud to continue the strong collaboration with other societies to expand pain knowledge. Chaired by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the concurrent session "Integrating Neuromodulation into Multimodal Pain Care" will focus on multimodal pain care in the neuromodulation patient to help optimize outcomes. The session includes adjunctive interventional therapies, medical therapies, and rehabilitation medicine approaches. Saturday will conclude with six concurrent sessions of our top abstracts selected for oral abstract presentations. Sessions are broken-up by topics: Movement Disorders, Psychiatric, and Epilepsy; Engineering; Basic Science; Spinal Cord Stimulation; Pain; and a variety on the subjects of Neuromodulation in Rehabilitation, Headache & Facial Pain, and Education, Diversity & Outreach. All concurrent sessions will allow attendees to participate in Q&A with session faculty with our virtual program's interactive-chat feature.

In addition to live sessions, we are offering a series of on-demand content across all the topics to help you catch up on the latest in neuromodulation with experts across the field.

We're excited to embark on this new, virtual experience with you! We hope the 2021 NANS Virtual Meeting will allow you to experience all the benefits of our in-person meeting from the comfort of your home or office. We anticipate this to be a memorable educational and collaborative experience for all.

Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, MD PhD
Nader Pouratian, MD PhD
2021 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee Co-Chairs
North American Neuromodulation Society

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