North American Neuromodulation Society



Invitation from the NANS President and Program Chairs

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to invite you to the NANS 17th Annual Meeting, December 5–8, 2013. This year’s meeting offers many exciting new opportunities, including a new location, expanded exhibit hall, greatly enhanced and diversified concurrent tracks, and new and expanded preconference sessions. If you work in neuromodulation, you won’t want to miss this world-class meeting.

This year, as an addition to the popular spinal cord stimulation workshop, we have included a parallel session for neurology residents that serves as an introduction to neuromodulation therapies and techniques. An expanded full-day, continuing medical education–eligible workshop on intrathecal therapy evaluation and management will serve as a primer for the use of intrathecal pumps for the treatment of spasticity, cancer pain, and noncancer pain. In addition to didactic lectures, there will be a hands-on cadaver session for participants to learn pump management and refill techniques with and without ultrasound guidance. This session is open to both novices and experienced physicians and midlevel providers who wish to launch or advance their intrathecal pump evaluation, management, and refill skills. The popular midlevel practitioner workshop for nurses and physician assistants will again be offered and will focus on spinal cord stimulation. Finally, the second annual NANS I3: Invention, Investment, and Invigoration workshop will bring together clinicians, scientists, chief executive officers, healthcare regulators, and investors to discuss challenges, opportunities, solutions, and the latest technologies in neuromodulation.

For the main meeting, the number of afternoon concurrent sessions on Friday and Saturday has been increased to meet the interests of a more diversified membership. Renowned faculty will present on peripheral nerve stimulation, brain stimulation, best clinical practices, neurorehabilitation, targeted drug delivery, neuromodulation practice issues, and gastrointestinal and genitourinary issues. Special sessions dedicated to the emerging role of neuromodulation in the treatment of urological disorders including pelvic pain and incontinence will be offered, along with new sessions on the use of light in research as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for neuromodulation.

There also will be more industry-sponsored luncheon sessions and a large number of oral presentations from submitted abstracts. Posters will be on display in the exhibit hall, and awards will be given for the best abstracts. In addition to a greatly expanded exhibit hallway, a special demonstration of the role of software in neuromodulation will be offered to examine how neurogaming may have uses to treat psychiatric disease and as a control for implantable devices.

Las Vegas is a lively city that offers some of the best restaurants, shows, and other attractions available. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

Rezai_A Hayek Konrad Caraway Poree Sharan
Ali Rezai, MD
NANS President
Salim Hayek, MD PhD
Scientific Meeting Chair
Peter Konrad, MD PhD
Scientific Meeting Chair
David Caraway, MD PhD
Annual Meeting Chair
Lawrence Poree, MD PhD
Annual Meeting
Ashwini Sharan, MD
Annual Meeting


*This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Neuromodulation Society. The CNS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


NANS gratefully acknowledges the support of our Diamond Level Sponsors:

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