1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Spine Intervention Society: Radiofrequency Ablation-Assessing the Current Evidence

This session will outline the most evidence-based approach for diagnosing and treating posterior element pain in an interventional spine practice. During this session, we will discuss patient selection and why it is critical to achieving ideal patient outcomes. The importance of performing a critical, evidence-based review and critique of the literature will be reviewed. We will end with a discussion of new technology for ablation for vertebrogenic pain.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Aaron K. Calodney, MD

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday, January 25

What's in the Signal? The Value Underlying Closed Loop Stimulation

Speakers will discuss the science and underpinning of sensing systems as they are used to guide therapy from neuromodulation devices. The use of electrical signals obtained as biomarkers for effective therapy will be discussed. The robustness and reliability of signals obtained from implanted electrodes used as indicators of disease status (such as tremor, seizures, or autonomic changes), or as pathway biomarkers (such as the case for spinal cord stimulation for pain) are new to the field. Much has been published on the potential use of these signals in the feedback control or guidance of neuromodulation implants.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Svjetlana Miocinovic, MD PhD

Jon T. Willie, MD PhD

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Beyond Pain: Role of Neuromodulation in Treating Non-Pain Syndromes

Neuromodulation is one of the most promising technologies in modern day medicine. Clinical applications for this technology have focused on treating pain and movement-related disorders, but there are a growing number of novel indications for neuromodulatory therapies. The role of neuromodulation in treating cardiovascular disorders, sequelae of spinal cord injury, tremors, and other refractory conditions will be discussed in this session.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Salim M. Hayek, MD PhD

Julie G. Pilitsis, MD PhD

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Emerging Role of Neuromodulation for Cancer Pain

Neuromodulation therapies including intrathecal pumps, spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulators can be excellent choices for patients with cancer-related pain. Improving survival rates and duration of patients with cancer pain are allowing consideration of these therapies more frequently than in the past. Cancer patients are a unique population with some specific needs such as frequent imaging that can impact on the choice for neuromodulation therapies in this group.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Amitabh Gulati, MD

Jill Sindt, MD

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Spinal Cord Stimulation Programming: Opening the Blackbox

This session will examine the implications of Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) programming by industry and physicians on individual patient experience and overall clinical outcomes.  We will review the basics of SCS programming. We will discuss industry and physician training regarding SCS training.  We will review SCS programming in major landmark studies and requirements for SCS programming in clinical trials.

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3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Saturday, January 25

Emerging Mechanisms of Neuromodulation: From Cellular to Network Substrates

This session will focus on the current state-of-art about the mechanisms of action underlying neuromodulation in providing therapeutic efficacy. Speakers will present current knowledge on various modalities of neuromodulation involving electrical deep brain stimulation to non-invasive ultrasound and their ability and scope to alter expression and/or activity of substrates spanning molecules, cells to neural circuits. The information will help to provide a more comprehensive perspective about affected substrates from neuromodulation. Knowledge arising from this synopsis can be leveraged to optimize, personalize and/or further innovate neuromodulation efficacy.

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Venue:
Caesars Palace
Speaker:

Damian S. Shin, MSc PhD

Marom Bikson, PhD

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