The first INS Neuromodulation meeting in Latin America


Message from the President



Alexandre C. Amaral, M.D.

President of the event and President
of the Brazilian Society of Neuromodulation.


It is with great pleasure that we invite everyone to participate in the Interim Meeting 2018- Working Toward the Future, which will be held from in August 8 to 11th, 2018, at the Windsor Barra hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the first time that an International Neuromodulation such as this is hosted throughout Latin America.

The Brazilian Society of Neuromodulation (SBNM), in conjunction with the International Neuromodulation Society (INS) carries out our first official event Interim Meeting 2018-Working Toward the Future, bringing the most important world leaders, acting in research and practice of the most various branches where the neuromodulation is applied.

We have speakers from Latin America, Europe, Asia and the United States, which will lead to discussions about the state of the art in Neuromodulation.

The Scientific Committee is composed of members of the highest national and international relevance, with the ultimate goal of joining colleagues who are either trying to start, already starting or in an advanced level in the use of the methods of neuromodulation.

Focused on promoting Neuromodulation as a weapon capable of improving the quality of life of human beings, we struggled to assemble a large and comprehensive event without forgetting non-invasive neuromodulation techniques.

We look forward to meeting you in Rio de Janeiro, the “Wondeful City”, to carry on a new page in the history of neuromodulation in Latin America.

Be welcome!!


Scientific Committee

President of the Congress: Alexandre Amaral

Scientific Committee Coordinator: Daniel Benzecry

Alexandre Novicki Francisco    
Arthur Cukiert            
Carlos Sacomani            
Egas Caparelli            
Erich Fonoff 
Hougelle Simplício               
José Osvaldo de Oliveira Jr    
Leandro Braun            
Marcel Simis            
Osvaldo Vilela


International Speakers

Bart Nuttin

Marc Russo

Fabian Piedimonte

Robert Gross

Kim Burchiel

Robert Levy

Luz Caceres

Timothy Deer

 Venue and Accomodation
Windsor Barra Hotel

The INS Interim Meeting will take place at Windsor Barra Hotel, na ocean front hotel located in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.

The hotel will offer promotional rates to all attendees in the event.

Visit us soon for more information.


The International Neuromodulation Society (INS) is a non-profit group of clinicians, scientists and engineers dedicated to the scientific development and awareness of neuromodulation[1] – the alteration of nerve activity through the delivery of electromagnetic stimulation or chemical agents to targeted sites of the body.

Founded in 1989 and based in San Francisco, CA, the INS educates and promotes the field through international meetings, its bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface and chapter websites. Today INS represents a professional association of more than 1700 members worldwide and has a presence in 33 countries around the globe.


INS Brasil

SBNM – Brazilian Society of Neuromodulation is the regional chapter of INS in Brazil.


Scientific Program


Wednesday - Aug 8th
Refresher Courses

Information about the pre-meeting courses will be published soon.


Thursday - Aug 9th

Room 1

Theme: Neuromodulation in current practice

08:00 - The importance of neuromodulation and of societies such as INS in controlling pain and reducing the suffering involved.

08:30 - Reducing risks and complications of interventional pain procedures

09:00 - Non-invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) for Chronic Pain

10:00 - Neuromodulation for Epileptic Disorders

10:30 - Coffee break


Theme: Neuromodulation in the control of cluster headaches

11:00 - Neuroclinical aspects that support the electrical stimulation in cluster headache patients

11:15 - Occipital Nerve Stimulation in cluster headache

11:30 - Electrical stimulation of the sphenopalatine ganglion for relief of cluster headache

11:45 - Deep Brain Stimulation in Cluster Headache


12:20 - LUNCH


Room 1

Theme: Neuromodulation in complex regional pain syndrome

14:00 - Clinical picture of complex regional pain syndrome.

14:15 - Complex regional pain syndrome: differential diagnosis and associated morbidities, especially mental disorders.

14:30 - Conservative treatment of complex regional pain syndrome

14:45 - The association of the anesthetic blocks of the sympathetic pathways and the physiotherapy / kinesiotherapy in the complex regional pain syndrome.

15:00 - Is there room for drug use algorithms, including intrathecal release pumps, in the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome?

15:15 - High frequency, burst and conventional SCS in patients with complex regional pain syndrome.

15:30 - Discussion

15:50 - 16:15 Coffee break


Room 1

Theme: Understanding Non-invasive techniques

16:15 - Principles of tDCS

16:30 - Principles of TMS

16:45 - Use of TMS for brain mapping

17:00 - Role of neurophysiological biomarkers in Non-invasive Brain Stimulation

17:15 - functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) in Non-invasive Brain Stimulation

17:30 - Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in the treatment of addiction

17:45 - Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Neuropediatrics

18:00 - Discussion

19:00 - Opening ceremony


Room 2

Theme: Neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders

14:00 - DBS for Aggressiveness

14:15 - DBS for Depression

14:30 - DBS for OCD

14:45 - DBS for Tourette Syndrome

15:15 - DBS for Drug Addiction

15:30 - Discussion

15:50 – Coffee break


Room 2

Theme: Neuromodulation for Epilepsy

16:15 - The basic Science behind DBS for epilepsy -

16:30 - VNS in refractory epilepsy

16:45 - Closed-loop VNS in refractory epilepsy

17:00 - Outcome for Neuropace system in refractory epilepsy

17:15 - DBS for epilepsy

17:30 – Discussion


Friday - Aug 10th

Room 1

Theme: The challenge of treating patients with movement disorders

08:00 - Pearls and pitfalls in baclofen pumps for spasticity in childhood -

08:30 - Movement Disorder - Clinical outcomes of asleep vs awake DBS for PD

09:00 - Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders

10:00 - Functional Neuromodulation for voiding disorders: indications and long term results

10:30 - Coffee break


Room 1

Theme: Improving the outcomes of facial pain

11:00 - Typical and atypical neuralgias of the trigeminal nerve. The new pathophysiological classification. The dreaded iatrogenic atypical neuralgia

11:15 - The clinical treatment of atypical iatrogenic neuralgia

11:30 - Neuromodulation in the treatment of atypical trigeminal neuralgia: is there space for indication of Spinal Cord, Deep Brain, Ganglion or Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?

11:45 - Discussion

12:20 - Lunch break


Room 2

Theme: Non-invasive neuromodulation as a major tool

14:00 - Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in schizophrenia

14:15 - Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in depression

14:30 - Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

14:45 - Non-invasive Brain Stimulation for Chronic Pain

15:00 - Non-invasive Brain Stimulation for motor impairment after stroke

15:15 - Non-invasive Brain Stimulation for aphasia after stroke

15:30 - Discussion

15:50 - Coffee break


Room 1

Theme: Neuromodulation in cancer pain.

16:15 - Clinical considerations and conservative treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia.

16:30 - The use of opioids in the different phases of herpetic neuralgia (pre, trans and post).

16:45 - Somatic and/or autonomous anesthetic blocks to relieve post-herpetic neuralgia

17:00 - Differences between DRGs and SCS and the revisiting of new devices with wireless technology and external electric generator.

17:15 - Dorsal root ganglion pulsed radiofrequency for pain relief and its importance in the prognosis of electrical stimulation.

17:30 - The role of SCS in relief of post-herpetic neuralgia.

17:45 - The role of DBS in relief of post-herpetic neuralgia.

18:00 - Discussion


Room 2

Theme: Advances in the treatment of patients with neurological deficits

14:00 - Percutaneous Rizotomy for Spastic Paraparesis

14:15 - Plexular Stimulation for the Treatment of Spasticity in spinal cord injury

14:30 - Indications and Results of Ablative procedures and neuromodulation for Spasticity after encephalic injury

14:45 - Long term results of baclofen pumps for Spasticity after spinal cord injury

15:00 - Thalamotomy as an option for the treatment of refractory tremor

15:15 - Posterior Subthalamic area in the treatment of refractory tremor

15:30 - Discussion

15:50 - Coffee break


Room 2

Theme: Progresses in PD and dystonia

16:15 - Is there a role for unilateral DBS in the treatment of PD?

16:30 - Can directional leads Improve DBS outcome in PD?

16:45 - Initial experience with asleep DBS Surgery

17:00 - Ablative surgery in STN for parkinson’s Disease

17:15 - Neuromodulation for gait disorders in PD

17:30 - STN DBS for Dystonia

17:45 - DBS for Secondary Distonia

18:00 - Discussion


Saturday August 11th

Room 1

Theme: Neuromodulation for visceral disorders

08:00 - Neuromodulation in the treatment of refractory overactive bladder

08:20 - Neuromodulation for neurogenic bladder: when ?

08:40 - What are the evidences of Neuromodulation for chronic urinary retention ?

09:00 - Neuromodulation in coloproctology

09:20 - Stimulation of vagus nerve for non-epileptic conditions

09:40 - Neuromodulation for angina pectoris: state of the art

10:00 - Case discussion of urological neuromodulation

10:20 - Discussion

10:30 - Coffee break


Room 1

Theme: Contemporary and future treatments for cancer pain

11:00 - The non-ablative treatment of cancer pain in the WHO analgesic ladder.

11:15 - Intrathecal Drug Algorithms in the treatment of Cancer Pain.

11:30 - SCS in the treatment of neuropathic pains directly or indirectly associated with cancer

11:45 - DBS of psycho-surgical targets for cancer pain relief.

12:00 - Discussion


Room 2

Theme: Optimizing the learning of neuromodulation

08:00 - Consensus on guidelines for stereotactic neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders

08:30 - Neuromodulation for Parkinson’s Disease: Experience in Uruguay

09:00 - Anatomy of the cerebral structures and Functional Neurosurgery

10:00 - Pulse width and frequency in Neuromodulation: what should you know?

10:30 - Coffee break


Room 1

Theme: Are you ready for the future ?

11:00 - Cellular therapy for movement disorders – state of the art

11:15 - The future in Non Invasive Neuromodulation: what’s next?

11:30 - Deep Brain and Spinal Cord Stimulation for Neurodegenerative Diseases

11:45 - Neuromodulation and Brain Machine Interface for Rehabilitation-

12:00 - Discussion











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