Topical Seminar Sessions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ THURSD​AY, 3 ​SEPTEMBER 2015​


​​10:45-12:45  ​Topical Seminar Sessions (Mor​ning) (x 7 parallels)
10:4​5-12:15 Non​-presc​ription (over the counter) analgesics
Organiser: A. Moore, UK
​Chairperson: H. McQuay, UK​
  • Non-prescription analg​esics in Europe- regu​​latory aspects and consumption 
    ​T. Maguire, UK
  • What are the risks associated with non-prescription analgesics?
    A. Lanas,Spain 
  • How well do non-prescription analgesics work?
    A. Moore, UK

Hall A​
10:45-12:15 Epidemiological approaches to the etiology of chronic pain
Organiser: C.S. Nielsen, Norway
Chairpersons: C.S. Nielsen, Norway; G.J. MacFarlane, UK
  • When can data from epidemiological studies support causal conclusions?
    G.J. MacFarlane, UK
  • Can population based studies of experimental pain provide new insight into the causes and consequences of chronic pain?
    C. Nielsen, Norway
  • Twin studies in the post-genomic era: Unravelling the genetic and environmental etiology of chronic pain
    F.M.K Williams, UK
​Hall C
10:45-12:15 Pain in dementia: the need for multidisciplinary and multi-professional perspectives
Organiser: S. Lautenbacher, Germany
Chairperson: S. Lautenbacher, Germany
  • The geriatric perspective
    W. Achterberg, The Netherlands
  • The psychological perspective
    M. Kunz, Germany
  • The nursing perspective
    S. Zwakhalen, The Netherlands
  • The palliative medicine perspective
    L. Sampson, UK
​Hall D
10:45-12:15 Pain without words: developments in pain communication and applications to clinical practice and research
Organiser: E. Keogh, UK
Chairpersons:  E. Keogh; UK A.Williams, UK
  • Gender differences in pain communication: implication for pain research and management
    E. Keogh, UK
  • Nonverbal behaviours in people with chronic pain: can they improve pain management?
    A.Williams, UK
  • Development and training issues in pain assessment within nonverbal groups
    J. Kappesser, Germany
​Hall E
10:45-12:15 New strategies for the diagnosis and therapy of low back pain subtypes: from the laboratory to the practitioner
Organiser: P. Hüllemann, Germany
Chairpersons: D. Bouhassira, France; P. Hüllemann, Germany
  • Screening tools for the subgrouping of back pain patients
    D. Bouhassira, France 
  • Bed-side quantitative sensory testing
    M. Reimer, Germany 
  • Special low back pain syndromes need special diagnostic tools
    P. Hüllemann, Germany
​Hall F
10:45-12:15

The bidirectional effect of stress on pain: from models to mechanisms
Organiser: R. Defrin, Israel
Chairpersons:  R. Defrin, Israel; D. Finn, Ireland

  • Modulation of pain during fear and negative affect: role of the endocannabinoid system 
    D. Finn, Ireland
  • Novel translational models of stress-induced hyperalgesia/analgesia
    L. Martin, Canada
  • Acute vs. chronic stress models in human subjects: differential effects
    R. Defrin, Israel
  • Bidirectional pain modulation in mental and psychophysiological disorders: possible underlying mechanisms
    H. Flor, Germany

Hall G​
10:45-12:15 Special addition: Improving pain research and pain treatments by improving classification: The ICD-11 proposal for the classification of chronic pain
Organiser: W. Rief, Germany
​R.-D. Treede, Germany 
W. Rief, Germamy 
J. Vlaeyen, Belgium

Hall B​
16:15-17:45  ​Topical Seminar Sessions (Afternoon) (x 7 parallels)
16:15-17:45 Exploring visceral pain in the 21rst century
Organiser: S. Olesen, Denmark
Chairpersons: A.Drewes, Denmark​
  • Assessment of the autonomic nervous system in visceral pain
    A. Farmer, UK
  • Neuroimaging in visceral pain
    J.  Frøkjær, Denmark 
  • Electroencephalograpic assessment of the brain-gut axis 
    S. Olesen, Denmark
  • Quantitative sensory testing of the gut
    G. Amarasinghe, UK​​
Hall F​
16:15-17:45 Painful diabetic neuropathy: from pathophysiology to therapy
Organiser: T. Jensen, Denmark
Chairpersons: T. Jensen, Denmark; D.L.H. Bennett, UK
  • Pathophysiology of painful diabetic neuropathy
    L. Ostergaard, Denmark
  • Similarity and difference between painful and non-painful diabetic neuropathy
    D.L.H. Bennett, UK
  • Rational treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy based on possible pathophysiology and clinical evidence
    T. Jensen, Denmark
  • Diagnostic assessment of painful and painless diabetic neuropathy 
    S. La Cesa, Italy
Hall A​
16:15-17:45 New therapeutic recommendations for neuropathic pain: from pharmacotherapy to neurostimulation
Organiser: N. Attal, France
Chairperson: N. Attal, France
  • Challenges in meta-analyses of pharmacological treatment in neuropathic pain
    N. Finnerup, Denmark
  • NEUPSIG recommendations on pharmacological treatment of neuropathic pain
    N. Attal, France
  • New recommendations for central neurostimulation for neuropathic pain 
    G. Cruccu, Italy
Hall C​
16:15-17:45 Spread of musculoskeletal pain- common but misunderstood
Organiser: T. Graven-Nielsen, Denmark
Chairpersons: T. Graven-Nielsen, Denmark; S. Mense, Germany
  • Latent sensitisation and spreading excitation in rat dorsal horn neurons after repeated NGF
    S. Mense, Germany
  • Spreading pain and facilitated sensitisation in human muscle and skeletal structures 
    T. Graven-Nielsen, Denmark
  • Treatment of peripheral pain generators in widespread muscle pain patients
    M.A. Giamberardino, Italy
​Hall D
16:15-17:45 Chronic refractory headaches, behind the clinical definition
Organiser: P. Martelletti, Italy
Chairperson:  P. Martelletti, Italy
  • Burden within the spectrum
    T. Steiner, UK
  • Refractory chronic migraine
    C. Lampl, Austria
  • Refractory Chronic Cluster Headaches
    D. Mitsikostas, Greece
  • Which role for ONS?
    S. Palmisani, UK
​Hall E
16:15-17:45 Cardiac nociception: how do pain modulation profile and personality affect pain experience and delay in seeking medical help
Organiser:M. Granot, Israel
Chairp​​​erson:M. Granot, Israel
  • Nociception activated by heart ischemia and necrosis
    D. Aronson, Israel
  • Psychophysical approach to the investigation of chest pain variability 
    M. Granot, Israel
  • Pain interpretation and behavior
    S. Van Damme, Belgium
​Hall G
16:15-17:45 Debate series:
Societal Impact of Pain - The Way Forward: May way is the best way
Chairpersons: C. Wells, UK; J. van Griensven, Belgium 
  • Pain empowerment
    N. Betteridge, UK
  • Training doctors about p​ain
    C. Wells, UK
  • The cost of chronic pain and how resources could be better distributed
    ​M. Baker, UK
Hall B​

FRIDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2015

​​​​10:45-12:45  ​Topical Seminar Sessions (Morning) (x 7 parallels)
10:45-12:15 First do no harm, potential misuse of pain medications: opioids and gabapentinoids
Organiser: C. Stannard, UK
Chairpersons: C. Stannard, UK; E. Kalso, Finland
  • Balancing the risks of benefits and harms: top tips for prescribers
    E. Kalso, Finland
  • Update on prescription opiod related harms and analysis of emerging data on misuse of gabapentin and pregabalin 
    R. Knaggs, UK
  • Supporting safe prescribing of analgesic medicines
    C. Stannard, UK
​Hall A
10:45-12:15 Cold temperature processing in the normal and diseased nervous system
Organiser: N. Finnerup, Denmark
Chairpersons:   N. Finnerup, Denmark; K. Zimmermann, Germany
  • Cool, cold or painfully cold? Molecular physiology and pathophysiology of cold temperature sensing
    K. Zimmermann, Germany 
  • The use of magnetoencephalography in the study of central cold processing
    F. Fardo, Denmark
  • Central integration of cold and warm temperatures
    N. Finnerup, Denmark
​Hall C
10:45-12:15​ Investigating extreme phenotypes of neuropathic pain: a new approach to understand how mechanisms of disease translate into specific clinical somatosensory profiles
Organiser: M. Calvo, Chile
Chairpersons: M. Calvo, Chile; A.S.C. Rice, UK
  • Leprosy and neuropathic pain
    A.S.C Rice, UK
  • Neuropathic pain induced by VGKP antibodies: investigation on the patients’ sensory profile and reverse translating into an animal model to test the mechanism of disease
    D.L.H. Bennett, UK
  • Non-Freezing Cold Injury- possible role of Small Fibre Neuropathy
    A.Themistocleous, UK 
  • Investigating a novel mechanism of hypersensitivity induced by exclusive damage to intraepidermal nerve fibres: neuropathic pain in Epidermolysis Bullosa
    M. Calvo, Chile
​Hall G
10:45-12:15         Pain in whiplash associated disordered: the role of central nervous system dysfunctions and exercise therapy
Organiser:J. Nijs, Belgium
Chairpersons:  J. Nijs, Belgium; M. Sterling, Australia
  • Hyperexcitability of the central nervous system and dysfunctional stress response systems for explaining whiplash associated disorders: state of the art 
    J. Nijs, Belgium 
  • Non-drug therapy for treating central nervous system dysfunctioning in whiplash associated disorders?
    M. Sterling, Australia 
  • Using genetic and molecular biological approaches to evaluate whiplash-associated disorder as a stress-related illness
    S. McLean, US 
  • Targeting brain neurotransmission for improving dysfunctional endogenous analgesia during exercise in patients with chronic whiplash associated disorders
    K. Ickmans, Belgium
​Hall D
10:45-12:15       Exploring the relationship between pain and cognition: properties, mechanisms and implications in acute and chronic pain
Organiser: E. Keogh, UK
Chairpersons: E. Keogh, UK; S. Lautenbacher, Germany
  • The effects of pain on cognition: issues in translating from laboratory to everyday life
    E. Keogh, UK 
  • Attentional biases in post-surgical pain: a novel application and implications
    S. Lautenbacher, Germany 
  • The neural basis of the effects of cognition on pain, pain relief and analgesic treatments
    U. Bingel, Germany
​Hall E
10:45-12:15       Infant pain assessment in clinical practice: current trends and future directions
Organiser: J. Kappesser, Germany
Chairpersons: J. Kappesser, Germany; R. Pilai Riddell, Canada
  • Systematic comparison of the most widely used pain assessment tools’ validity
    J. Kappesser, Germany 
  • Determinants of subjective measures of infant pain
    R. Pilai Riddell, Canada 
  • Implementation of infant pain assessment tools in clinical practice
    A.Axelin, Finland
Hall F​
10:45-12:15 Debate Series
​Is there still a place for the use of Epidural Steroids in the management of Radicular Pain?​
Chair: C.​ Wells, UK
Moderator: S. Ward, UK
  • Pro
    T. Maus, USA
  • Con
    S. Perrot, France
Hall B​
16:15-17:45  ​Topical Seminar Sessions (Afternoon) (x 7 parallels)  ​
16:15-17:45       Mechanisms of pain vulnerability: why do only some of us have to suffer?
Organiser: F. Denk, UK
Chairpersons: F. Denk, UK; D.L.H. Bennet, UK
  • Chronic pain-who is at risk?
    H. Kehlet, Denmark 
  • Chronic pain- exploring genetic risk
    D.L.H. Bennett, UK 
  • Epigenetics & chronic pain
    F. Denk, UK
Hall A​
16:15-17:45         Abnormalities of the sensory processing of pain: what can we do about it?
Organiser:K. Bannister, UK
Chairpersons:  K. Bannister, UK; A.Dickenson, UK
  • The double cross of morphine: translating research from bench to clinic and beyond
    K. Bannister, UK 
  • What can animals models tell us about treating pain in patients
    A.Dickenson, UK 
  • Hyperalgesia and how it can be modulated
    T. Jensen, Denmark 
  • Factors influencing the development of OIH
    R. Baron, Germany
Hall G​
16:15-17:45       ”Sensory profiles”in chronic pain: from symptoms to mechanism and possible to targeted treatment
Organiser: A. Triuni, Italy
Chairperson:  M. Haanpaa, Finland
  • How clinical assessment helps in sensory profiling
    M. Haanpaa, Finland 
  • Support from clinical neurophysiology
    A.Triuni, Italy 
  • From symptoms to pharmacotherapy: importance of phenotyping profiling in clinical trials 
    D. Bouhassira, France
Hall C​
16:15-17:45         Learning pain-related fear: neural mechanisms, generalization and extinction
Organiser: J. Vlaeyen, Belgium
Chairperson:  J. Vlaeyen, Belgium
  • Learning pain-related fear: neural mechanisms
    S. Elsenbruch, Germany 
  • Virtual reality gaming technologies to facilitate graded-exposure in vivo among patients with chronic pain
    Z. Trost, US 
  • Internet-delivered exposure therapy for irritable bowel syndrome
    B.  Ljótsson, Sweden 
  • Stimulus generalization of pain-related fear
    N. Niederstrasser, Belgium
​Hall D
16:15-17:45         Coping with pain in parents and their children with chronic pain
Organiser: J. Verbunt, The Netherlands
Chairpersons:  J. Verbunt, The Netherlands; M. Goossens,
The Netherlands
  • Treating children with chronic pain: a family centered approach is needed
    J. Verbunt, The Netherlands 
  • Evidence from theory-driven multi-method paradigms on the role of parental catastrophic thinking and family functioning in explaining parental response to child pain
    L. Caes, Ireland 
  • Pain related parent behavior: analysis of maternal and paternal responses to their child’s chronic pain and change after in patient interdisciplinary pain treatment
    B. Zernikow, Germany​
  • Implementing evidence in clinical practice: assisting parents in helping their children and adolescents with chronic pain
    M. Goossens, The Netherlands
Hall E​
16:15-17:45       Pain and suicide: a silent epidemic
Organiser: M. Cheatle, US
Chairperson: M. Cheatle, US
  • Pain coping and substance use disorders as mediators of pain and suicidal ideation
    M. Cheatle, US 
  • Pain, suicide and sleep disorders
    N. Tang, UK 
  • Assessing suicidal risk in patients with chronic pain
    L. Webster, US
​Hall F
16:15-17:45 Debate series​​: 
Neuro Modulation, my way is the best way​

Chairpersons: A. Bhas​kar, UK
  • ​​Well tried and trusted conventional stimulation 
    F. Huygen, Netherlands
  • High frequency is better, so start with that
    G. Baranidharan​​, UK​
  • DRG st​imulation
    H. Nijhuis, Netherlands
  • Burst stimulation
    S. Schu, ​Germany​​​​
​Hall B

SATURDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER 2015

​​13:15-14:45  ​Topical Seminar Sessions (Morning) (x 6 parallels)  ​
13:15-14:45         Cortical stimulation for pain control: where do we stand? What do we do next?
Organiser: L. Garcia-Larrea, France
Chairpersons: L. Garcia-Larrea, France; C. Dale, Brazil
  • Stimulation of the cortex for pain relief: current methods and possible developments
    J. Molet, Spain 
  • Mechanisms of pain relief by motor cortex stimulation. OK-but what next?
    L. Garcia-Larrea, France 
  • Putative mechanisms of motor cortex stimulation: what do we learn from experimental models?
    C. Dale, Brazil 
  • The insula as a target for pain modulation in humans: invasive and non-invasive studies
    ​​C. Bradley, France
Hall C​
13:15-14:45         Experience and expectation modulate placebo effects in patients
Organiser: S. Kamping, Germany
Chairpersons: S. Kamping, Germany; R. Klinger, Germany
  • Placebo and nocebo effects in clinical settings: maximizing patients’ benefit for pain treatment
    R. Klinger, Germany 
  • The effects of prior experience with medication on the development and size of the placebo effects in chronic pain patients
    S. Kamping, Germany  
  • Pain and context
    ​​E. Frisaldi, Italy
Hall A​
13:15-14:45       The next generation of fear-avoidance models for chronic pain
Organiser: L.M. McCracken, UK
Chairperson: L.M. McCracken, UK
  • Fear-avoidance and beyond: a goal and self-regulation perspective
    G. Crombez, Belgium 
  • From vulnerability to resilience: a positive psychology perspective on chronic pain
    M. Peters, The Netherlands 
  • The psychological flexibility model of chronic pain: recent empirical developments
    W. Scott, UK
​Hall B
13:15-14:45         Advances in the care of patients with complex regional pain syndrome
Organiser: A. Goebel, UK
Chairpersons: A. Goebel, UK; TBA
  • Novel neuromodulation technologies for CRPS
    F. Huygen, The Netherlands 
  • Immune modulation in CRPS
    A.Goebel, UK 
  • The passive-transfer trauma model for CRPS
    V. Tekus, Hungary 
  • European guidelines on the involvement of primary care in the management of patients with CRPS
    C. Barker, UK
Hall E​
13:15-14:45         Approach to activity engagement in musculoskeletal pain- translation from research to clinical application
Organiser: M. Hasenbring, Germany
  • Chairpersons:  M. Hasenbring, Germany; T. Graven-Nielsen, Denmark Assessment and characterization of the musculoskeletal pain sensitivity following exercise
    T. Graven-Nielsen, Denmark 
  • Exercise and pain: peripheral and central nervous system effects in patients suffering from musculoskeletal pain disorders
    E. Kosek, Sweden 
  • Activity in daily life: the role of endurance, avoidance and adaptive pain responses
    M. Hasenbring, Germany 
  • Muscle function and physical performance in avoidance and endurance subgroups: cross-sectional and longitudinal findings
    E. Fehrmann, Austria
​Hall F
13:15-14:45       Chronic pain modulation by neuroinflammation
Organiser: J.  Sandkühler, Austria
Chairperson: J.  Sandkühler, Austria
  • Neurogenic neuro-inflammation: inflammatory CNS reactions in response to neuronal activity 
    J.  Sandkühler, Austria 
  • Neuro-inflammation and pain: translational aspects
    C. Sommers, Germany 
  • How glial cells modulate nociceptive synapses
    R. Drdla-Schutting, France
​Hall G


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