Neuromodulation Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland

2012 Joint ASM with German Neuromodulation Society (DGNM). Berlin

There was a good turn out of NSUKI members to the joint NSUKI / DGNM meeting held at the Westin Hotel in the centre of Berlin. A wide programme of research, innovations and applications were presented over the two days. Programme and Abstracts can be found at the link below. Abstracts have been published in the online version of Neuromodulation, Technology at the Neural Interface. 2013, volume 16; number 2:

NSUKI / DGNM ASM 2012 Programme and Abstracts

NSUKI AGM Minutes, Berlin 2012

2011 International Neuromodulation Society 10th World Congress, London

A very successful meeting was held in London on May. Details on the INS Home page. The NSUKI AGM was held during the congress. Three satellite meetings were held around the INS meeting offering training opportunities in spinal cord stimulation and deep brain stimulation.

NSUKI AGM Minutes London 2011

2010 ASM Leeds

A successful meeting was held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds 4-5 October 2010. 45 delegates attended. 8 industry companies sponsored the meeting. The scientific program was themed to cover the role of neuromodulation in visceral and pelvic pain, Intrathecal therapy and Complex regional pain syndrome with very good presentations.

In addition, we had a Hands-on workshop on suturing techniques, pocket creation and tunneling on a pig belly, supervised by experienced plastic surgeon and pain physician.

The breakfast and late evening sessions where filled with satellite symposium on the latest in neuromodulation:

St Jude Medical - Paddle versus percutaneous leads; to introduce their percutaneous paddle leads (Epiducer)

Codman - Newer developments in intrathecal drug delivery (New programmable pump)

Medtronic - Newer technologies in SCS (Including Sensor technology)

The annual dinner was a highlight at the Armouries with a special medieval show followed by dinner. This was a very good experience on its own, with fully armoured solders showing us the fighting techniques from over the centuries.

The overall feedback for the ASM was good with high satisfaction for every scientific lecture.

The Organising Committee would like to thank all the participants, sponsors and speakers for making the event a great success.

 Proceedings of the meeting are posted below:

Leeds programme


Leeds AGM Minutes

2009 ASM Plymouth

ASM Programme Plymouth 2009

AGM Minutes Plymouth

The NSUKI ASM was held in Plymouth from 5-7 November 2009. The meeting had a Neurosurgical theme with a number of high class presentations covering issues ranging from Deep Brain and Motor Cortex Stimulation to Brachial Plexus injuries and best management of Cervical Dystonia either surgical or stimulation.

The principle speaker was Professor Robert Levy who gave a thoughtful and wide ranging address on the future of Neuromodulation. This was well received and was felt by many to be inspirational.There were nine free papers of a high standard with an exceptional input from St Thomas`s Hospital in London.

The society dinner was held in the Royal Citadel in the officers mess of 29 Commando Royal Artillery. The building dates back to the Napoleonic era and the atmosphere with moving pictures of military events ranging from World War 2 to Afghanistan in 2008 was impressive.

On the business front the AGM decided to hold the next ASM in Leeds possibly as a cooperative event but further details will be announced shortly.

Jon Valentine left the board after finishing his time as immediate past President. The board thanked him for his tireless efforts in developing NSUKI in this role and as Secretary previously.

Dr J Raphael was elected to succeed Dr Luscombe as President from November 2010 and Dr S Eldabe was elected to chair the local organising committee for the INS meeting in London in 2011.

Dr Francis E. Luscombe, President NSUKI
11 November 2009

2008 ASM Cardiff

ASM Programme Cardiff 2008
Minutes of the NSUKI AGM Cardiff 2008

2007 ASM York

ASM Programme & Abstracts York 2007

AGM Minutes York 2007

The year 2007 has been a good one for NSUKI and our membership has grown to around 60 members. We held a very positive and successful 7th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) at York on 16th & 17th November 2007. This was a joint meeting with British Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery Group. The scientific faculty of NSUKI put together an excellent 2-day agenda with general appeal to all those involved in neuromodulation. The meeting was well attended as were the industry sponsored satellite symposia organised by Boston Scientific, Medtronic and Eisai (Ziconotide). The NSUKI Board are particularly grateful to Dr. Peter Toomey for his invaluable assistance in organising such an excellent conference.

Mr. Brian Simpson is organising the next ASM. The meeting will take place at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff in Wales on 6th, 7th & 8th November 2008. There are plans to make this a joint meeting with the Benelux Chapter of the INS. As in previous years, INS members from outside of the UK & Ireland will be very welcome to join us at our ASM and further details will be published on our website in due course.

The International Neuromodulation Conference in Acapulco was well attended by NSUKI members with several making the long journey to Mexico. Dr. Jon Valentine & Dr. Simon Thomson attended the INS Board meeting at which the highlight was without doubt the election of Dr. Thomson as the next president of the INS. Congratulations, Simon!

Last autumn, the NSUKI membership voted in an election for our next President. The results were announced at the ASM at York and Dr. Francis Luscombe, who has previously served on the board as treasurer, was elected as the next elected president. He has now rejoined the NSUKI Board as president-elect and will take over the presidency in November 2008. Congratulations and welcome back, Francis!

Educational neuromodulation seminars had been planned for January 2008 at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland facilities at Portland Place, London. Dr. Francis Luscombe & Dr. Jon Valentine organised these events. Unfortunately due to some administrative problems the seminars had to be postponed. The new dates for the 2 seminars are:

• 15th Oct 2008 - An introduction to Intrathecal Drug Delivery
• 16th Oct 2008 - An introduction to spinal cord stimulation

This year, NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) are appraising spinal cord stimulation for neuropathic and ischemic pain and their report is expected by November 2008. NSUKI has participated in this process which is recognised as being very important for all those involved in neuromodulation in the UK. Dr. Jon Valentine & Sam Eldabe (NSUKI Secretary) were nominated as the NSUKI representatives and submitted their contribution to NICE prior to the deadline of 20th November 2007.

Dr. Simon Thomson has put in a bid to the National Audit Advisory Group for £100K for our National SCS Database. NSUKI recognises the importance of developing a national database for neuromodulation procedures and Dr. Thomson is taking a leading role in this process.

There are currently no neurosurgeons on the NSUKI Board. To ensure continuing input, Mr. Roger Strachan, Consultant Neurosurgeon, has been co-opted to represent neurosurgical interests. Roger has been closely involved with NSUKI leading up to our joint meeting with the British Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery Group in November last year.

The NSUKI website is making progress with Dr. Sam Eldabe taking the leading role. Our website include details of the NSUKI Board, President’s Newsletter and details about meetings. A members’ forum sponsored by a grant from Eisai is up and running so please add to the debate and exchange thoughts and ideas on all matters “neuromodulation”. If you have forgotten your user name or unique password then contact Tia Sofatzis ( or Busola Adesanya-Yusuf (

With so much going on, we have a great deal to look forward to in 2008 and it should be a very exciting year for all of us.

Jon Valentine, President NSUKI.
28th January 2008

2006 ASM Cork 

ASM Programme Cork 2006

AGM Minutes Cork 2006

2005 ASM Dudley

2004 ASM Liverpool

2003 ASM London

2002 ASM Norwich

2001 ASM Basildon

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