Friday, Jan. 13 (27)

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Engineering Principles of DBS and SCS in Clinical Practice: Emerging Concepts

This session is the third and final installment of the pre-meeting workshop, entitled "Engineering principles of DBS and SCS in clinical practice." This third session has been inspired by feedback from attendees at our pre-meeting workshops at previous NANS annual meetings. Several attendees requested that we also have a portion of the workshop during the meeting as well. They thought it would be beneficial for them and meeting attendees to hear presentations from engineers and scientists regarding emerging concepts in spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS). Therefore, in this session, we will conclude our workshop by presenting engineering concepts related to emerging technologies and mechanisms of action related to SCS and DBS.


Marom Bikson, PhD

Scott Lempka, PhD

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Do Real World Outcomes Fall Short of Peer Reviewed Research: A Debate/Discussion Featured

In the field of neuromodulation for pain, we have been fortunate to have a deluge of high-quality literature over the past few years, including multiple level 1, randomized controlled trials. At times, real-world results and follow-up studies fall short of expected results. During this session, we will discuss the following: - How large, industry-funded studies are constructed. - Whether real-world follow-up studies or large randomized trials are more applicable to generalized practice. - What determines which studies are published during peer review? - How do we interpret current literature to improve outcomes for our patients in the real world?

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Low Back Pain to Burn or to Stimulate? A Guide to Patient Selection

Both neurostimulation and lesioning of the back neural structures are advocated for the treatment of low back pain. The session will aim to explore the pathophysiology of low back pain and evidence for therapeutic approaches to medial branches. Additionally, the session will explore the indications and procedures for discogenic pain. The session will provide clear guidelines on patient selection for LBP interventions.

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