North American Neuromodulation Society
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2021 NANS Annual Meeting Award Opportunities

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.

The North American Neuromodulation Society 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.

To qualify for the 2021 Kumar Award, the investigator must have completed training in neuromodulation within the last 10 years.

NANS will provide the Kumar Award Winner:

  • Non-refundable coach airfare to the Annual Meeting
  • Two night’s stay (room and tax) on Friday, January 15, 2021, and Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
  • 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 - The winner will have the opportunity to give a presentation on their submitted manuscript during one of the plenary sessions.
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation - The candidate's supervisor should write one of the letters of recommendation

Last year, NANS was happy to announce Alik Widge, MD PhD as the 2020 NANS Kumar Award Winner. Dr. Widge presented his winning manuscript, "Deep Brain Stimulation of the Internal Capsule Enhances Human Cognitive Control and Prefrontal Cortex Function," during Plenary Session III - Spinal Cord Stimulation Studies: Time of Reckoning.

Applications closed.

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NANS Events   

  • Jan. 13-15, 2022

    NANS 25th Annual Meeting
    Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort
    Orlando, FL
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