AANS/CNS Section on Pain

Tuesday, April 16 | 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm | 31ABC; SDCC

Moderator(s): Ahmed M. Raslan, MD, FAANS; Ashwin Viswanathan, MD, FAANS

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm

John Loeser Lecture: Pain: An Imbalance in the Brain

Dirk De Ridder, MD, PhD (New Zealand)

Dirk De Ridder, MD, PhD, is the Neurological Foundation professor of neurosurgery at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago in New Zealand. His main clinical interest is microvascular decompression surgery and skull base surgery, including vestibular schwannomas and pituitary surgery.

His initial research interest was and still is the understanding and treatment of phantom perceptions (sound, pain), especially by use of functional imaging navigated non-invasive and invasive neuromodulation techniques. His current research interest is to understand commonalities in different diseases, such as in thalamocortical dysrhythmias (pain, tinnitus, Parkinson disease, depression, slow wave epilepsy) and Reward deficiency syndromes (addiction, OCD, Personality disorders, etc.).

A third pillar of his research relates to the neurobiological underpinnings of the ‘self’ and ‘other’ in the brain, as it relates to social interactions, philosophy and religion.

He has developed “burst” and “noise” stimulation as novel stimulation designs for implants, and is working on other stimulation designs. He has published 37 book chapters, co-edited the Textbook of Tinnitus and has authored or co-authored 270 articles. He is a reviewer for 90 scientific journals.

2:56 pm - 3:06 pm

Question and Answer Session

3:50 pm - 3:58 pm

3:59 pm - 4:29 pm

Beverage Break in the Exhibit Hall

4:57 pm - 5:03 pm

Question and Answer Session

5:04 pm - 5:19 pm

State of Ablation

Ashwin Viswanathan, MD, FAANS

5:20 pm - 5:35 pm

DBS for Pain

Zaman Mirzadeh, MD, PhD

5:36 pm - 5:42 pm

Point-Counter Point: Awake vs. Asleep SCS

Steven M. Falowski, MD, FAANS

5:43 pm - 5:49 pm

Point-Counter Point: Awake vs. Asleep SCS

Ahmed M. Raslan, MD, FAANS

5:50 pm - 6:00 pm

Debate with all speakers