North American Neuromodulation Society

Summer Series Preconference Courses

Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

Date & Time

Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:30 am–5:45 pm

Description

This event combines didactics on spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery systems, as well as other approved clinical applications of neuromodulation strategies, with practical hands-on training under the direction of experienced faculty. This premier training opportunity offers pain medicine fellows the opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques and principles of implementation in clinical practice. Techniques explored include spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion stimulation trials and implants, intrathecal drug delivery trials and implants, deep brain stimulation trials and implants, and maintenance of neuromodulation therapies.

Target Audience

This course is designed for pain fellows.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the mechanisms of neuromodulation therapies, including spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery, and deep brain stimulation.
  • Identify appropriate patient indications and selection criteria for neuromodulation therapies.
  • Recognize psychological considerations involved in patient selection for neuromodulation therapies.
  • Illustrate trialing methods for spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, deep brain stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery.
  • Discuss spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and deep brain stimulation programming troubleshooting.
  • Discuss management and dosing of intrathecal drugs and delivery methods.

Registration Information

This is a highly competitive training opportunity- workshop participants are selected by an application process. All applications must be received by 9 am (EST) on May 1, 2018. Acceptances will go out mid-May.

Registration for the NANS Summer Series is mandatory in order to participate in the workshop.

Attendees of the Workshop Will Be Provided:

  • Two night's stay (room and tax) on Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23 at the Sheraton Times Square.
  • Additional nights at the hotel for the NYC NANS Summer Series should be arranged by the resident, and will be at their own expense (at a discounted hotel rate).
  • Round-trip airfare (nonrefundable coach).

Application

Complete the application.

 

Case Integrated Practice-Based-Learning for Engineers in Neuromodulation

Date & Time

Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7:30 am–5:45 pm

Description

This premier training opportunity offers engineers a hands-on opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques for pain under the direction of a world-class faculty. The course includes didactics on peripheral and neuraxial neurostimulation and intrathecal drug delivery combined with practical hands-on training. By developing a broader understanding of the existing technologies and clinical applications, attendees will be better equipped to identify and understand the implications on device design so as to further advance the field. Engineers will commingle with clinicians in this unique training opportunity in order to foster a platform for multidisciplinary networking and collaboration.

Target Audience

This course is designed for engineers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the mechanisms of implantable neuromodulation therapies.
  • Identify appropriate patient indications and selection criteria for use of spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, deep brain stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery.
  • Describe measures and methods to identify, limit, and manage biologic, technical, and hardware-related complications of implantable neuromodulation therapies.
  • Discuss spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and deep brain stimulation programming troubleshooting.
  • Discuss management and dosing of intrathecal drugs and delivery methods.

Registration Information

This is a highly competitive training opportunity- workshop participants are selected by an application process. All applications must be received by 9 am (EST) on May 1, 2018. Acceptance will go out mid-May.

Registration for the NANS Summer Series is mandatory in order to participate in the workshop.

Attendees of the Workshop Will Be Provided:

  • Two night's stay (room and tax) on Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23 at the Sheraton Times Square. 
  • Additional nights at the hotel for the NYC NANS Summer Series should be arranged by the resident, and will be at their own expense (at a discounted hotel rate).
  • Round-trip airfare (nonrefundable coach).

Application

Complete the application

 

Pre-Conference Workshops

The following pre-conference workshops are held Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:30 am–5:45 pm. No application needed.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): Advanced Theory and Hands-On Workshop

Intensive one-day hands-on workshop dedicated to the design and implementation of tDCS in clinical and research settings. A range or tDCS topics include montage selection, drug interaction, mechanisms of actions, imaging data, vulnerable populations, HD-tDCS, computational modeling, trial design, and regulations. Update on 2018 state-of-the-art methodology with presentations and discussions on the development of professional standards for safety, validity, and reproducibility of functional outcomes in tDCS applications.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Psychiatric Disorders: Hands-On Workshop

Intensive one-day workshop dedicated to the implementation of TMS in clinical and research settings. Updates on the state-of-the-art methodology with presentations, discussions, and hands-on practice. The range of TMS topics and applications include the use of neuromodulation to study and treat neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g. depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, addiction, migraine, and pain) for rehabilitation (e.g. stroke, movement disorders) and cognitive enhancement (e.g. memory consolidation), by showing the neurobiological effects of integrating TMS with EEG and fMRI and the molecular mechanisms of action in animal models, with an introduction to the physics and physiology of TMS. The best practices in clinical and research settings and regulation/standards for the field will be also extensively discussed.

Computational Modeling in Neuromodulation: Tools for Engineers, Clinicians, and Researchers

In this workshop, a variety of e-field modeling tool-sets will be demonstrated. The goals is to provide clinicians and researchers with a hands-on experience with various tool-sets so they can produce their own e-field modeling simulations as well as gain insight into modeling value and limitations. This will allow them the flexibility to explore new targets as well as produce high quality figures for grant applications and papers. Attendees will learn the characterization of the spatial aspects of delivered dose for electromagnetic devices. Participants will use realistic head modeling to simulate the amplitude of the electric field induced across the brain, and evaluate degree of target to non-target stimulation.

Neuromodulation for Cancer Pain

In this workshop, we will explore the advances in the management of oncologic pain with interventional techniques and approaches. Participants will not only learn and discuss the newest management strategies in intrathecal drug delivery, but also understand how to utilize and deliver both spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation for the oncologic population. Our goal is for attendees to develop appropriate treatment algorithms that involve neuromodulation systems in a safe and effective manner for new and evolving cancer pain syndromes. The audience should understand new technologies and applications for the cancer pain population, while analyzing costs and benefits relative to other treatment modalities.

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