Satellite Symposia

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The following sessions have been accepted as Official Satellite Symposia of the 17th World Congress on Pain. More sessions to be announced. Satellite Symposia are organized by IASP Special Interest Groups and IASP Members. These sessions are held before or after the official Congress dates. They allow in-depth and multidisciplinary presentations and discussion on a single, specific research or educational topic in the pain field.

Beyond Reflex Measures of Pain and Hypersensitivity in Non-Human Species

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Location: City Of Boston

Organized by IASP Special Interest Group on Non-Human Pain

The program will explore all aspects of using animals to model spontaneous pain for the development of analgesics for humans and animals. Speakers will discuss the importance of measuring spontaneous pain as well as validation and generalizability of spontaneous pain in animal models. The presentation will summarize what is known about the predictability of measures of spontaneous pain in animal models for predicting analgesic efficacy in humans.

The Cascade from Tissue Injury to CRPS: Beyond "Chronification"?

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Location: Tufts University

Co-organized by IASP Special Interest Groups on Acute Pain and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

This jointly sponsored symposium  will review what is known about the inciting factors for CRPS and the distinctive biology that is emerging from research. It will help participants develop a clearer picture of the distinctive pathophysiology of the evolution of CRPS after acute injury and its implications for the prevention and treatment of CRPS.

Registration Fee: $50

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Chronic Pain: The Science of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Location: BCEC

This symposium, sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, will bring leading researchers from multiple disciplines to discuss the science and potential uses of complementary and integrative health approaches in treating chronic pain. The symposium will highlight current concerns regarding the opioid epidemic and the potential roles of complementary and integrative health approaches in addressing this crisis. Three scientific sessions will be included. The first will discuss the mechanisms of diets and natural products in pain management. The second will address the mechanisms by which mind and body approaches, such as meditation and acupuncture, modulate pain. The third will present translational strategies for use of complementary approaches for chronic pain management.

The Genetics of Neuropathic Pain and its Comorbidities

Date: September 10-11, 2018
Location: The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA. (Not in Boston city limits. Plan travel accordingly)

Co-organized by IASP Special Interest Groups on Genetics and Pain, and Neuropathic Pain (NeuPSIG)

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Leading clinicians and scientists in the developing the field of molecular genetics will discuss ways advancements in human genetics can lead to new therapeutic approaches to neuropathic pain. The symposium also will include a special session on the opioid crisis. Subjects covered will be a crossover of patient and research lab efforts.

Improving Clinical Practice through Harnessing Placebo Effects

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Location: City Of Boston

Organized by IASP Special Interest Groups on Pain and Placebo

Research on placebo effects has been growing at a significant rate in recent times, with a substantial focus on pain and analgesia. This research has demonstrated the depth of the field which spans conceptual, basic science, clinical trial and clinical practice domains. With direct relevance to scientists and clinicians, the study of placebo effects represents an opportunity to better understand pain and its management with translation from conceptual and basic science perspectives directly to routine clinical care.

This  program aims to bring researchers and clinicians together to provide an update on current research and to prompt discussion on translation of this material to further research and application to clinical care. The program will specifically focus on the application of basic science and clinical trial research to routine pain management practice.

  • Update on neurobiological mechanisms of placebo effects
  • Update on the role of key psychological and environmental determinants of placebo effects
  • Address contemporary experimental and clinical research on placebo and demonstrate application to potentially improve pain management practice.

Integrated Orofacial and Head Pain Classification

Date: September 17, 2018
Location: City of Boston

Organized by IASP Special Interest Group on Orofacial and Head Pain

Orofacial pain is largely lacking a unifying classification that relates it to headache. This is the third in a series of meetings devoted to finalizing the beta version of classification and perhaps present some early data on field testing.  The topic is closely related to IASP’s work with the WHO on ICD-11.

Pain, Mind & Movement: Applying Science to the Clinic

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Location: City Of Boston

Organized by IASP Special Interest Groups on Pain Mind and Movement

Members of the Pain, Mind and Movement special interest group will present in short oral presentations and clinical workshops. This session will have a clear clinical focus within an  emphasis on skills training, case studies, demonstrations, etc. This will be an inspiring multidisciplinary event to facilitate the translation of evidence into clinical practice and to mediate the implementation of new diagnostics and treatments. In addition, the multidisciplinary forum will foster communication between researchers, clinicians and patients to drive research and stimulate international study

Keynote Lectures:

Marco M. Loggia, PhD-  Imaging Neuroinflammation in Human Pain Disorders

Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSM- Pain Neuroscience Education in Clinical Practice: State of the Art and Future Avenues

Pain Scans and Prescribing: The State v. People in Pain

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Location: BCEC

Organized by IASP Special Interest Group on Ethical and Legal Issues in Pain

This symposium will examine the ethical, legal, and clinical implications of the pursuit for pain biomarkers, through to the changing regulation practices for pharmacotherapeutics for pain. The program will comprise three sessions: an introduction to key concepts on the philosophy and neuroethics of pain, suffering, and pain management; an examination of the growing appetite for objective brain markers of pain; and an evaluation of the implications of regulating opioid and cannabinoid medications for pain for patients, health systems, and society.

The Science and Art of Pediatric Pain Management

Date:  September 10-11, 2018
Location: Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital

Organized by IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood

This two-day meeting organizes sessions around a set of over-arching themes, with a mix of lectures, audience discussion, and poster-discussions. Included among the topics are sessions on pain as a consequence of critical illness; pain in children with developmental disabilities; pediatric chronic pain and rehabilitation; pain and fear; and opioid use, misuse, and addiction. Pediatric clinicians who care for children with chronic and acute pain will find these session valuable

Treatment Strategies of Musculoskeletal Pain

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Location: BCEC

Organized by IASP Special Interest Group on Musculoskeletal Pain

The symposium has two parts. Part 1 will describe non-pharmacological approaches to chronic pain; part 2 will address the puzzle of osteoarthritis pain. Six short lectures on rehabilitation approaches to musculoskeletal pain will be followed by discussions in Part 1, giving a comprehensive overview of these approaches, their scientific basis, and their clinical applications. Part 2 will focus on discussions of the problems of osteoarthritis pain and why effective treatments remain elusive.