At the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) 15th World Congress, May 21 through May 26, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain, researchers from over 40 countries will present plenary lectures and more than 470 abstracts about neuromodulation therapy and research.
The first in-person global meeting of its kind in three years, the multidisciplinary program will draw clinicians, engineers, scientists, post-doctoral fellows, current students, and device manufacturers. It will feature such topics as:
- Recent findings in management of challenging chronic pain conditions such as painful peripheral neuropathy or cluster headache
- Peripheral nerve stimulation strategies
- Neuromodulation for COVID-19
- Cardiovascular applications
- Brain-computer interfaces and neurostimulation for motor recovery after spinal cord injury
- Bioelectronic medicine, vagus nerve stimulation of the autonomic nervous system, and the gut-brain axis
- Potential newer forms of neuromodulation involving novel targets or microwave stimulation
- Neurostimulation research addressing such areas as neuroprotection, memory loss, and treatment-resistant depression
- Deep brain stimulation developments
- Noninvasive brain stimulation studies
- Effects of neurostimulation treatments for chronic pain on opioid consumption
- Current and emerging neuromodulation treatments for epilepsy and movement disorders
- Big Data and chronic pain
- Neuromodulation to address genitourinary problems, including pelvic pain
- Mechanisms of action in neuropathic pain
“The theme, ‘Neuromodulation: From Scientific Theory to Revolutionary Therapy,’ reflects the scientific underpinnings and clinical application of neuromodulation therapies to reduce symptoms and restore function in chronic conditions,” said INS President Dr. Marc Russo.
The three-and-a-half-day scientific program is supplemented by preconferences and workshops.
Before the main INS conference, pre-conference workshops will include:
- May 21, 2022: Noninvasive Brain Stimulation
- May 21, 2022: “Neuromodulación; mejorando la calidad de vida de las enfermedades crónicas” (Neuromodulation; improving the quality of life in chronic disease) – free public education event, with simultaneous Spanish-English translation
- May 22, 2022: Innovations in Neuromodulation – Neuromodulation Without Borders – an educational event for the innovation and investment community
- May 22, 2022: II Congreso Ibero-Americano de Neuromodulación
- May 22, 2022: Hands-on Cadaver Course at Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, appropriate for anesthesiologists, neurosurgeons, pain medicine fellows, interventional pain physicians, gynecologists, and urologists
During the main conference, on May 24, 2022, there will be a workshop for nurses and allied health professionals. Meanwhile, leading up to the 15th World Congress, the INS bestowed recognition on two pioneers in the field, Prof. Robert Foreman and Prof. Bengt Linderoth, as Giants of Neuromodulation. Over their decades-long careers, they accumulated evidence regarding spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain, and its mechanism of action, respectively.