North American Neuromodulation Society
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Connector Standards


The Connector Standards Committee is working to address the issue of standardizing implanted connector designs for neuromodulation devices, as has been done successfully for implanted cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators. Besides improving patient care, establishing connector standards will facilitate independent growth of expertise in the development of leads, implanted generators, power sources and user interfaces.  

Richard North, MD (co-chair)

Peter Konrad, MD PhD (co-chair)

Konstantin Slavin, MD
Ashwini Sharan, MD
Parag Patil, MD PhD
Chris Schade, MD PhD 

Ben Pless

Jack Judy, PhD

Joe Pancrazio, PhD

Following a face-to-face meeting with representatives from industry, regulatory bodies, and standards organizations in DC in 2018, we polled NANS membership and confirmed that there is wide support for standardization. We have successfully submitted a manuscript to Neuromodulation.

North, R.B., Konrad, P.E., Judy, J.W., Ries, A.J., Steverson, R. Examining the Need to Standardize Implanted Stimulator Connectors: NANS Survey Results - Neuromodulation 2020 Aug 11. doi: 10.1111/ner.13231. Online ahead of print.

A subgroup have been meeting on line to address MRI compatibility issues, in anticipation of a follow-up meeting to pursue next steps in standards development.


WIKISTIM is a searchable database being populated with data published in the field of neuromodulation. The goals of WIKISTIM are to improve patient care and the quality of research reports, foster communication, reveal research needs, and support the practice of evidence–based medicine.

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