INS Giant of Neuromodulation Awards

​The INS's fifth Giant of Neuromodulation Award will be awarded during the INS 14th World Congress and this is the first time that the award will go to two very worthy recipients.

Join us in honoring the recipients on the plenary stage on Wednesday, 29 May 2019.

The award recognizes those whose lifetime work has brought neuromodulation to the people who need it. Through their science, publications, teaching and education they have made a lasting contribution. 

Prof. Cousins and Dr. North have dedicated much of their long careers to improving the lives of people who live with chronic pain. Both proponents of evidence-based medicine, they have educated those within and outside of the field with their prolific, seminal publications, shaping how chronic pain is understood and treated.  

​Professor Michael Cousins


Internationally, Professor Cousins is the only Australian and the first Anaesthetist after the founder, John J. Bonica, to serve as President of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). He played a major role in stimulating IASP to form an official relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and to place more
emphasis on cancer pain and acute pain, in addition to pre-existing emphasis on chronic pain. ​
In Australia, Prof. Cousins was the Founding President of the Australian Pain Society, Chairman of the Joint Advisory Committee on Pain Medicine of several specialist colleges, which led to the formation of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPMANZCA) in 1999.
He served as the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, which is currently unique worldwide in bringing together five specialty bodies to oversee a single training program and examination leading to a specialist qualification in Pain Medicine.
His call to arms that chronic pain is a disease in its own right has transformed our approach globally. He has lead seminal research in intrathecal therapy and his neuromodulation work spans four decades.

​Doctor Richard North

Doctor North has been instrumental in the development of the field of Neuromodulation with a career spanning more than 30 years. He has had a prodigious scientific output of more than 80 papers, with his first paper in the field published in 1977. His seminal article on spinal cord stimulation versus re-operation provided the scientific underpinning of clinical practice
and is one of the most quoted papers in the field.
​At the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he directed the Neurosurgery Spine Service for 16 years and co-directed the Division of Functional Neurosurgery. He was Professor of Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins for 10 years, and a member of the full-time faculty for 25.
The American Academy of Pain Medicine has recognized Dr. North's research achievements and clinical expertise with the Academy's prestigious Founder's Award, and the North American Neuromodulation Society with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Richard North has served in various roles on the Boards of the INS and North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) for many years, and was NANS's President in 2004 - 2005. He has played a significant role in the INS's journal, Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, to which he has generously contributed as an Editorial Board Member, advisor, and author since the journal's inception. Dr. North is also the co-founder and president of The Neuromodulation Foundation, which is active in developing clinical trial designs and practice parameters, and produces WIKISTIM, a searchable website that displays the results of scientific research in the field of neuromodulation and encourages collaboration in the field.

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