7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday, January 23

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.

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday, January 23

Engineering Principles of Spinal Cord Stimulation and Deep Brain Stimulation for Clinicians

The exciting workshop will present engineering principles relevant to Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). The target audience is clinicians that currently utilize or are interested in incorporating SCS and/or DBS technologies into their clinical practice. The field of neuromodulation is rapidly evolving and several technologies are now clinically available. These systems have diverse lead and stimulator designs. It is not always clear how different designs or waveform parameters affect the neural response and corresponding efficacy of the stimulation. Therefore, the goal of this course is to provide clinicians with an overview of the engineering principles and biophysics relevant to SCS and DBS. This course will also present the current understanding of the physiological effects and mechanisms of action of standard and emerging forms of SCS and DBS. Furthermore, this course will describe safety and regulatory issues that are critical to electrode design and stimulation parameters. At the end of the course, attendees will have a better understanding of the physiological and technical factors that determine the neural response to SCS and DBS. The ultimate goal of this course is to provide attendees with knowledge that will aid in their clinical implementation of SCS and DBS technologies.

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Faculty subject to change.