Neuromodulation Society of the United Kingdom and Ireland

2017 ASM Report

NSUKI was delighted to be part of the INS in Edinburgh in May 2017 – an excellent meeting with over 1600 delegates.  The Cadaver workshop returned a healthy profit and thanks to our “local” organiser Dr Saravana Kanakarajan supported by Roger Strachan, Ganesan Baranidharan and James Fitzgerald along with their North American colleagues: Timothy Deer, Steven Falowski, Jason E. Pope for arranging this.

NSUKI ASM in Oxford (11th and 12th November) was a great success.  This was a joint meeting with the IASP Specialist Interest Group in Neuromodulation (SIGN).  This attracted 140 delegates with 10 exhibitors. We arranged a Spinal Cord Stimulation Simulator Course with the help of Boston Scientific on the 10th November.  Twelve trainee neuromodulators attended and were invited to the Faculty Dinner in order to promote and train young neuromodulators.

Plans are underway for a combined European Interim meeting 20th – 22nd September 2018, in Nijmegen.  NSUKI are delighted to help support/assist this meeting in any way.  We plan to run our chapter meeting during this time. (

At our AGM we were delighted to welcome Thomas Dudding (consultant colorectal surgeon) to the Board.  Sacral and Gastric Nerve Stimulation is a growing area and we value his input in this field.  The members also agreed to produce a training programme and curriculum for neuromodulators with the help of Abdul Lalkhen.  This would enable us to approach industry to sponsor courses and fellowships in a structured and efficient way. 

The Neuromodulation Registry has progressed well and we are aiming to go live in January 2018.  The NNR Governance group has met twice and live testing of the NNR has taken place.  Thank you to the Pilot centres who have helped in the development of the NNR.  Northgate PS continue to work closely with us in achieving the aims of the NNR.  With special thanks to all the NSUKI board, Ganesan Baranidharan, Roger Strachan, Sam Eldabe and Simon Thomson for their support and hard work.

On behalf of the Board, may I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Stana Bojanic

President NSUKI

2016 ASM Report

Dear Friends,

Thank you to Ash Gulve and the Board who organised such a successful meeting in Manchester.  We were joined by the Neuropathic Pain Specialist Interest Group and the Specialist Nurse Practitioners in Neuromodulation.  We plan to hold our ASM next year in November in either Oxford or London – this is a joint meeting with the Specialist Interest Group in Neuromodulation (of the International Association for the Study of Pain).

Please can I encourage all members to consider attending the INS meeting next year in Edinburgh (May 27th – June 1st, abstract deadline is 9th January).  Please can you also encourage any of your colleagues with a specialist interest in neuromodulation to join NSUKI! (

We are moving forward with the development of the National Neuromodulation Registry – with huge thanks to Simon Thomson for his concept and also support from Sam Eldabe.  We shall keep you updated.  We are also developing a NSUKI website to compliment the INS website.  The Research Group (Sam Eldabe, Dmitry Kruglov, James Fitzgerald) recently sent out a ‘survey monkey’ to you all to start to gather information on all the research being undertaken in units across the country.

Barani Ganesan is planning to run a HF10 Master Class in Leeds on 24th/25th March 2017.  Please look out for adverts and we shall keep you updated of other courses. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any suggestions how NSUKI can help your practice or represent your views. ([email protected])

May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Stana Bojanic

President of NSUKI – on behalf of all the NSUKI Board

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 ([email protected]) or Busola Adesanya-Yusuf ([email protected]).

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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