Saturday, January 15 (14)

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Partnering with our Patients to Optimize Outcomes

Several aspects of a patient's chronic pain condition can make treatment with neuromodulation especially challenging, including the location of the pain, a patient's short- and long-term goals, and their underlying mental health. In this session, each of these issues will be discussed in more detail, leaving the provider with a more fully equipped toolkit to manage difficult patient cases with neuromodulation.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Using Neuromodulation for the Abdomen, Pelvis and Genitourinary Systems

While most of the diagnoses for which we utilize neuromodulation are back and extremity pain, there is a growing interest in using neuromodulation for other body parts, namely the abdomen, pelvis and the GU system. There is a growing body of evidence which shows that some of the newer stimulation modalities may be able to successfully target these regions and provide efficacious treatment. This panel will illustrate the evidence that supports using neuromodulation in these body parts as well as providing a step-by-step 'how to' that will allow the audience to employ these techniques on their own patients insofar as which stimulation modalities may work better, where the leads should be placed and how they should be programmed to successfully target/treat each of these regions.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Focused Ultrasound for Modulation of the Nervous System Featured

Ultrasound is an entirely noninvasive method of modulating neural activity. Great strides have recently been made in employing novel stimulation parameters and utilizing pharmacological adjuncts to improve the capabilities of ultrasonic neuromodulation. These tools promise to provide new insights into brain circuitry and new modes of treating neuropsychological diseases.


Raag Airan

Jan Kubanek, PhD

Alexander Bystritsky

Martin Monti

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Engineering Challenges to Incorporate Brain Circuits in Device Designs

The dynamic circuitry of the brain is unquestionably complex. Current efforts at neuromodulation, like deep brain stimulation and focused ultrasound, target individual anatomical regions. But future therapies need more precision. To improve, new methods must be developed to improving neural circuit identification and improve the refined delivery of energy or small molecules to precise cell populations.

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