From North American Neuromodulation Society 23rd Annual Meeting
Las Vegas, NV (January 23-26, 2020) – Dr. Huang-Lionnet, M.D. was invited by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Neuromodulation Society to serve as Research Abstract Committee Reviewer and Preconference and Primary Scientific Program Faculty for this year’s Annual NANS Meeting. The conference started with a number of pre-conference workshops held at the Oquendo Center with exciting parallel tracks for Neurosurgery Residents and Fellows, Engineers, and Neurologists in addition to Pain Fellows this year. Additional information on the Certificate of Attendance courses are included below, including the course on advanced neuraxial neuromodulation and the other on peripheral nerve stimulation.
Dr. Huang-Lionnet also presented as part of the faculty panel alongside colleagues - Dr. Leonardo Kapural, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest University and Pain Physician at Carolinas Pain Institute; Charles Argoff, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center; and Dawood Sayed, M.D., Chief of Pain Medicine and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Kansas. During this Friday session on Pain Practice: The State of the Art, Dr. Huang-Lionnet presented on “Defining Success in Chronic Pain Practice.” This session was designed to describe and identify key components within a state of the art in neuromodulation practice from an array of perspectives. This includes innovation, product development and clinical research as well as emerging treatments. Other objectives of this faculty panel included providing supporting evidence and reference for practice integration. The panel discussion aimed to provide a framework to foster innovation and involvement in clinical research in any practice environment.
The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is “Driving Innovation Through Science and Evidence.” In recent years, scientific advances and novel research have generated an unprecedented amount of evidence for new indications in neuromodulation. Novel understandings of mechanisms and effects of neuromodulation have driven these innovations. Amidst a seemingly never-ending stream of new information, determining the best therapy for the patient in front of you can prove difficult.
Dr. Huang-Lionnet subsequently led discussions on recent research presented on High Frequency (HF-10) Spinal Cord Stimulation. Selected research presentations included:
Dr. Huang-Lionnet completed her first two-year term as Director-at-Large for the Board of Directors with plans to continue her role as Scientific Program Faculty and Editor of the NANS Newsletter. NANS is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of the field of neuromodulation, which applies targeted electrical, chemical and biological technologies to the nervous system to relieve pain and improve function and quality of life. NANS has launched a clinical and educational forum online at askaboutpain.com.
The purpose of the Certificate of Attendance course is to provide an educational platform, offered through NANS, to educate and train physician providers on the evidence-based and appropriate utilization of implantable therapies for pain management (dorsal root ganglion stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery). The course will consist of two educational parts, including a hands-on cadaver lab, where implantation techniques are reviewed. Further, attendees will have scheduled didactics focusing on the core objectives described below. This course is designed for those who have already completed an ACGME fellowship training and are interested in formalizing neuromodulation in their practice.
The Certificate of Attendance course in peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) is a groundbreaking course that will provide evidence-based and expert-driven instruction on PNS. This course will utilize ultrasound and fluoroscopy for PNS targets in the extremities, trunk, pelvis, and head/neck. The course will include a comprehensive didactic offering, cadaver lab, live scan models, and anatomic dissections. The faculty is composed of ultrasound gurus and peripheral nerve surgeons.