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2021 Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand

2021 Neuromodulation Society of Australia and New Zealand14th Annual Scientific Meeting (NSANZ 2021)14-15 August 2021: Virtual Conference | VIRTUAL

Meet the Experts


Saturday Sessions Sunday Sessions
Medtronic Mainstay Medical
Boston Scientific

All sessions will be available for all registered delegates within the NSANZ 2021 Virtual Portal.

Saturday 14 August 2021 

The neuronal-glial link explained; DTM SCS 12 month RCT results and functional outcomes

Differential Target Multiplexed (DTM) is a waveform that is rooted in clinical science that began looking at animal modelling with Dr Ricardo Vallejo. The preclinical data demonstrates that the modulation of both neurons and glial cells may play a role in normalizing biological processes and break the chronic pain cascade.

Medtronic is committed to providing clinically-proven therapeutic options and we believe that DTM SCS therapy will advance the treatment of chronic pain.  It’s an exciting waveform backed by level 1 clinical evidence that is proven only on the Intellis platform. Join Dr Chakravarthy for an overview of the journey and evidence behind DTM SCS.

Dr Krishnan Chakravarthy, MD, PhD is an anesthesiologist based in San Diego, who specialises in multi-modal pain management. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Nanoengineering, Dr Chakravarthy instructs medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine, in addition to running his own laboratory. His research interests include incorporating new technology into advancing pain care.

Dr Leo Kapural presenting both NSRBP 6-Month Data & RESCUE Study

Join us for lunch while we listen to Dr. Leonardo Kapural outlining the 6-month results of SCS at 10kHz for Non-Surgical Refractory Back Pain (NSRBP) RCT, where patients not considered candidates for spinal surgery were randomised 1:1 comparing conventional medical management (CMM) alone to CMM and 10kHz stimulation. Dr. Kapural will also present data on the RESCUE study, a retrospective assessment of switching patients to 10kHz stimulation without a temporary trial in a cohort who had failed traditional SCS therapy.

Dr Leonardo Kapural is a pain physician at the Carolinas Pain Institute and The Center for Clinical Research. He is also a clinical adjunct faculty of anesthesiology at Wake Forest University, School of Medicine. Dr. Kapural’s interests include peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, discogenic low back pain, and visceral abdominal pain.



Achieving Optimal SIJ Outcomes Utilising Palisade Guide Block; the Australian Experience

Dr John Prickett will share his experience treating patients with low back or pelvic pain utilising the Palisade Guide Block. The session format will be through case studies demonstrating the value the Palisade Guide Block will bring when performing SIJ RF.

Dr John Prickett, MBBS, FANZCA, FFARCSI, FRCA, MMed (Pain Management), FFPMANZCA

Dr John Prickett is a specialist pain management physician and a specialist anaesthetist. He has over 16 years of experience in Anaesthesia both in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley regions as well as the United Kingdom.John’s aims are to facilitate the development of an individualized pain self management process, where the patient feels supported, listened to and in control of the process, within a multidisciplinary framework.

Sunday 15 August 2021

Where could Restorative Neurostimulation fit into your practice?

We are excited to hear from one of the worlds most experienced ReActiv8 implanters, Dr Matthew Green, as he talks us through the long-term RCT data and shares his experience on who he feels is the ideal patient for Restorative Neurostimulation. Associate Professor Tillman Boesel, who has recently adopted ReActiv8 Therapy into his practice, will share his views on this therapy, complimentary to existing treatment options he offers his patients, and how he will integrate it into his practice in the future. 

Dr Matthew Green Pain Medicine Specialist, Rehabilitation Specialist (Pain Medicine of South Australia)

Dr Matthew Green is a trained Pain Medicine Specialist, Rehabilitation Specialist and has a practice located in Wayville. His special interests include mmusculoskeletal medicine, with expertise in the area of interventional treatments for spinal and other persistent pain conditions.


Prof Tillman Boesel Associate Professor (Macquarie University’s Australian School of Advanced Medicine)

Associate Professor Boesel has held an academic appointment at Macquarie University’s Australian School of Advanced Medicine since 2007. In addition to his academic position, he currently practices at Macquarie University Hospital, Macquarie Neurosurgery, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and Nepean Private Hospital; with private consulting in Penrith, North Ryde and Newtown. His special interests include neuropathic pain, interventional pain management and medical education.

Vertebral Endplate Pain; Background, current science, and a simplified technique for treatment via basivertebral nerve ablation

Untreated nociceptive pain is accepted as a potential underlying cause for recurrent pain and disability in patients who previously enjoyed excellent results from neuromodulation.
Modic changes (I, II) of the vertebral endplate seen on MRI scan are associated with low back pain and the basivertebral nerve (BVN) is known to be the primary innervation of the vertebral endplate.
Level 1 medical evidence published over the past five years supports RF ablation of the BVN in patients with painful Modic changes.
Background, anatomy, and technique using bi-pedicular access for intravertebral RF ablation of the basivertebral nerve will be presented.

Dr Robert E Wright (DABPM, FIPP) is recognized as a pioneer and innovator in the field of interventional pain management. He invented and developed the DekompressorTM percutaneous discectomy probe in 2001 as a better tool to treat symptomatic disc herniation. More recently in 2009 he invented the Nimbus Concepts Multi-tined Expandable Electrode - a safer, more efficient, and more effective device for radiofrequency procedures.

Dr Wright moved to Australia in 2019 and is now looking forward to being involved in patient care, research, and teaching with Dr. Vahid Mohabbati and the team at Sydney Pain Management Centre.




Abbott’s NeuroSphereTM Digital Care | Perspectives on the Impact of Remote Programming

Please join us to listen to Dr. Binith Cheeran to discuss the US experience with Abbott’s first in world NeuroSphereTM Digital Care.  Dr. Cheeran discusses the value of remote programming and its benefits to patients and their treating physicians. 

NeuroSphereTM Digital Care presents the opportunity to positively transform care.   

Connected Care, Anywhere.

Dr Binith Cheeran is Abbott’s Director of Medical Affairs, Neuromodulation.  Dr. Cheeran is a practiced Clinical Neurologist with specialities in movement disorders and deep brain stimulation.  He is a thought leader in the field and has been involved in the design and launch of Abbott’s NeuroSphereTM Digital Care.  He has been published in 80+ articles and brings 10 years of clinical practice experience as well as 15 years in academic research.