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NANS Awards

NANS Travel Awards

NANS will be sponsoring travel awards of up to $1,000 each to encourage participation by scientists, neurologists and advanced practice providers interested in neuromodulation at the Annual Meeting. NANS would specifically like to encourage applications from underrepresented medical students, residents, advanced practice providers, and early career physicians interested in neuromodulation. Applicants must be currently in training or must have completed training within the last 5 years and must be a current member of NANS. To apply, you will be required to submit 500 words or less on your background, what you feel you bring to NANS, and why this award would benefit you. Be on the look out for when applications open!

NANS DOC Pipeline Awards

NANS will be sponsoring 5 Diversity and Outreach Committee Pipeline awards for the 2023 Annual Meeting this coming January 12-15th in Las Vegas. The purpose of the pipeline awards is to encourage participation by one Researcher, one Medical Student, one Resident, one Fellow, and one Engineer who come from traditionally under-represented demographics interested in neuromodulation to attend the meeting. The Pipeline Award recipients will receive an $1000 travel stipend, 2 nights hotel stay at the annual meeting (Thursday – Saturday) and NANS will cover the meeting registration fee. The applications will be open soon!

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Krishna Kumar New Investigator Award

Krishna Kumar, MBBS MS FRCSC (1931-2014) was a pioneer of neuromodulation and a world-recognized leader in the neurosurgical treatment of pain. Dr. Kumar led seminal studies in deep brain stimulation for chronic pain and established the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation. For five decades, he led a vibrant and highly recognized pain program in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The documentary, "Living with Pain" highlighted Dr. Kumar’s research efforts and the biography published in 2010, Reaching the Impossible: Dr. Krishna Kumar’s Story, chronicled his life. Dr. Kumar served as a NANS board member and was a frequent lecturer at NANS Annual Meetings.

NANS established the Kumar New Investigator Award to encourage scientific work in neuromodulation. The award is given to honor the legacy of Dr. Krishna Kumar and is accompanied by a $5,000 grant, generously provided by Medtronic, Inc. The awardee presents their winning manuscript during one of the Plenary Sessions at the Annual Meeting. Applications are due by Thursday, September, 15, 2022 at 5pm CT. Submit your applications to

NANS will provide the Kumar Award Winner:
-$5,000 grant and Non-refundable coach airfare to the 2023 Annual Meeting
-Two night's stay (room and tax) 
-Complimentary registration

Submissions must include:
-A previously published publication on the topic of neuromodulation or a neuromodulation related research manuscript that is no more than 4,000 words
-A current curriculum vitae
-Two letters of recommendation (The candidate's supervisor should write one of the letters of recommendation)

Sridevi V. Sarma, PhD – “On the Therapeutic Mechanisms of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parksinson’s Disease: Why High Frequency?”

Casey H. Halpern, MD – "Amelioration of Binge Eating by Nucleus Accumbens Deep Brain Stimulation in Mice Involves D2 Receptor Modulation"

Scott Lempka, PhD – “Computational Analysis of Kilohertz Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain Management”

Dario J. Englot, MD PhD – “Altered Structural and Functional Connectivity of Brainstem Arousal Centers in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy”

Mallory L. Hacker, PhD – “Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation on Rest Tremor Progression in Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease”

Alik S. Widge, MD PhD – “Deep Brain Stimulation of the Internal Capsule Enhances Human Cognitive Control and Prefrontal Cortex Function”

Lee. E. Fisher, PhD  – “Sensory Restoration by Epidural Stimulation of the Lateral Spinal Cord in Upper-Limb Amputees.”

2022                                                                                                                                                                                                              Patrick Ganzer, PhD  – “Dynamic Detection and Reversal of Myocardial Ischemia Using an Artificially Intelligent Bioelectronic Medicine."

Lisa Stearns Award

Lisa Stearns, MD (1958-2020) was one of the world’s experts in interventional therapy for cancer pain, and the foremost one on intrathecal drug delivery systems for cancer pain.

The North American Neuromodulation Society and the Women in Neuromodulation (WIN®) established the Lisa Stearns Award to encourage clinical and scientific work in cancer pain interventional therapies and neuromodulation. The award is given to honor the legacy of Dr. Lisa Stearns and is accompanied by a $1,500 grant, generously provided by Medtronic, Inc. Submit application materials to, the items below must be submitted by September 29, 2022 at 5pm CT.

NANS will provide the Lisa Stearns Award Winner:
-$1,500 grant generously provided by Medtronic, Inc.
-Opportunity to present their research on interventional cancer pain management at the Annual Meeting
-Free meeting registration
-Non-refundable coach airfare to the Annual Meeting, booked through the NANS selected travel agency
-One night’s stay (room and tax

Submissions must include:

-Send in a completed checklist with brief statement delineating the category (clinical, scholarly, educational, administrative) where applicant believes they qualifies for the award 
-Submit a personal statement delineating clinical, educational, scholarly and administrative accomplishments as well as detailed description of area of expertise
-Submit a curriculum vitae (CV)
-Submit three letters of recommendation from established neuromodulators and/or physicians with extended experience in interventional cancer pain management
-(Optional) A two-three sentence description of the applicant's potential 2022 NANS Annual Meeting presentation if chosen

Clinical and Basic Science/Engineering Innovator Award

The NEW NANS Clinical and Basic Science/Engineering Innovator Award is intended to recognize an individual who made a significant contribution to the field of neuromodulation, spanning insights on implementation, mechanisms, and developments of technology, which have profoundly impacted the field, including driving new science and therapy creation. These contributions will have a sustained and broad impact on the field.

Lifetime Achievement

The NANS Lifetime Achievement Award is intended to recognize an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the field of neuromodulation over the course of their career.

2002 – Prithvi Raj, MD; Gabor Racz MD
2006 – John Oakley, MD
2007 – Norman Shealy, MD PhD
2009 – Richard North, MD
2010 – Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD MBBS
2011 – Elliot Krames, MD
2012 – Bengt Linderoth, MD PhD; Joshua Prager, MD MS
2013 – Giancarlo Barolat, MD
2014 – Alim-Louis Benabid, MD PhD
2015 – Tony Yaksh, PhD
2018 – Robert Foreman, PhD
2019 – Peter Staats, MD MBA DABA ABIPP FIPP
2020 – Hunter Peckham, PhD                                                                                                                                                                    2021 - J. Thomas Mortimer, PhD

Distinguished Service

The NANS Distinguished Service Award is intended to recognize outstanding and dedicated service to the North American Neuromodulation Society. The award is presented to an individual who has advanced the mission of NANS in a significant and lasting way. 

2005 – Sam J. Hassenbusch, MD
2011 – K. Dean Willis, MD
2013 – Robert Foreman, PhD
2014 – David Caraway, MD PhD
2017 – David Kloth, MD
2018 – Joshua Prager, MD MS
2019 – Richard North, MD
2020 – Jaimie M. Henderson, MD                                                                                                                                                              2021 - B. Todd Sitzman, MD


Save the date for the NANS 26th Annual Meeting! 


NANS Events   

  • Jan. 18-21, 2024

    NANS 2024 Annual Meeting #PatientsFirst
    Caesar's Palace
    Las Vegas, NV 

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