International Neuromodulation Society Policies

Purpose of the INS Site

The International Neuromodulation Society (INS) website is intended to serve as a gateway to credible, unbiased, information about the evolving family of neuromodulation therapies. The material is designed to serve the needs of INS members, interested healthcare professionals, patients or prospective patients and their families or caregivers, and the public at large, as well as payers, policy makers, members of the news media, and other groups seeking such information.

Information provided through the website supports the INS aim to increase understanding of the field, its history, and emerging role in the medical management of chronic illness or other health conditions. In addition, the website serves as one portal to the society’s peer-reviewed scientific journal, Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, and as such, reinforces the society’s aim to advance scientific insight and advance the skills of practitioners.

Information provided on is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his or her physician.

The INS links to announcements of scientific conferences and other professional development events, clinical trials listings, patient groups, publications, and related organizations as a resource for site visitors, but makes no claims regarding information on external sites and is not responsible for the content provided by external sites.

Site Funding Sources

The International Neuromodulation Society website is supported by a combination of member dues, conference proceeds, royalties from its journal content, and unrestricted grants from Medtronic, Inc.; Boston Scientific Corporation; St. Jude Medical Foundation; and Nevro Corp.

Expert reviewers and authors are volunteers who belong to the medical society. Content prepared by staff members of the INS executive office is reviewed by volunteer physician members of the society who specialize in neuromodulation. The INS Public Education Strategy is supported by unrestricted grants from Medtronic, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, St. Jude Medical Foundation, and Nevro Corp. The grants received place no restriction upon the editorial independence of the INS or its website.

Advertising Policy

The International Neuromodulation Society website,, does not host or receive funding from advertising or from the display of commercial content.

Privacy Policy

The International Neuromodulation Society does not collect personal information from site visitors. The website also does not use Internet cookies or store logs of individual visits to the site. The only information gathered is anonymous web traffic statistics for analytical purposes, such as determining what information is most sought-after, and how the site is performing.

Currently we are using Google Analytics to analyze the audience of the website and improve our content. No personal information is collected from Google Analytics. For further information on the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics, please go here,

Any information the INS receives in email from the public is treated as private communication, and only shared internally among representatives of the INS to the extent necessary to respond directly to the sender’s questions. Personal information, such as email addresses, is not collected for other use.

Identifying personal information emailed to INS from website visitors is not shared with third parties.

Web Linking Policy

On its INS Links page, the International Neuromodulation Society provides links to related websites as a source of potential information for site visitors, but does not endorse any external content nor vouch for its validity or completeness.

The INS links to books for practitioners, industry associations and trade publications, patient organizations, and medical societies.

In addition, the INS provides links to clearinghouses of clinical trials information and relevant footnotes to document its explanatory content. Footnotes refer to published peer-reviewed journal articles, textbooks, encyclopedias or dictionaries, and occasionally, a technology innovator, government publication, or leading non-governmental organization’s report.

For further reading, INS also offers bibliographic references on several neuromodulation topics. Selected references include broad, recent, or key research articles or authoritative materials that expand upon topics discussed with additional details and in-depth content.

In its references, INS selects information sources that show their date of preparation and that list the names and credentials of the authorities and experts who provided the factual material presented.

Contact information for recognized patient support groups is also sometimes provided as an additional resource for patients or providers.

Finally, the INS summarizes relevant neuromodulation news in its news briefs section and offers links there to the original content.

Web Content Decisions

Decisions regarding web content are made by the website manager and executive director in consultation with one or more Web Team representatives, who include the society president, secretary, and volunteer expert reviewers who are also members of the society. Members of the Web Team and their credentials are listed on the Web Team page.

While it is the intent and mission of the INS to provide noncommercial, objective, and balanced information through exercising independent editorial judgment, commercial supporters of the INS are acknowledged in a clearly labeled section of the INS Links page. Website pages may include an occasional unbranded image by a neuromodulation company requested by the INS to portray generic patient care; however, the majority of images on the site are either created by the INS or its members, or are from public domain, academic, or similar sources, and photo credits are provided on INS patient fact sheet pages. In addition, all sources of images in the INS Image Bank are identified there.

Organizations requesting links from the INS site are advised to provide the purpose of their site, its funding, and the names, credentials, and interests of their content authors. Requests are considered by members of the INS Web Team on an individualized basis.

Organizations wishing to link to the INS site may do so for educational purposes, as long as no endorsement or commercial intent is implied. Notification to INS at is appreciated.

INS Policy on Press Passes for Meeting Attendance by Journalists

Press passes to attend INS scientific meetings or preconferences are available on request to journalists who are primarily occupied with gathering news to produce independent editorial coverage for a regularly produced news publication or outlet, and to freelancers working on assignment for a recognized news organization.

Acronyms Related to Academic Degrees or Honors

Acronyms related to academic degrees or honors are detailed in this section.

BChir – Bachelor of Surgery (Chirurgia)
DA - Diploma in Anaesthetics
FANZCA – Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthestists
FFPMANZCA – Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
FFPMRCA – Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
FIPP – Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice
FMedSci – Fellow of the United Kingdom Academy of Medical Sciences
FRCA – Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
FRCS (Gen Surg) – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, General Surgery
FRCSC – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
MB ChB – Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery/Chirurgery
MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MD – Medical Doctor
MSBmE - Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
PhD – Doctor of Philosophy

Endorsement Policy

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Last Updated on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:24 AM