Scientific programme

The meeting will cover a broad range of preclinical and clinical research and current practice topics related to acute, persistent and chronic pain conditions, pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions, psychological theory and, interventions, pain within hospital as well as community settings and much more.

Treatment of Acute Pain: An Evidence-based Practice in Psychology Perspective

Lindsey Cohen – PhD, Professor
Director of Graduate Studies Member, Clinical Psychology Program, University of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

“Its past, enlightened to perceive new periods of pain”
– Nociceptor mechanisms in the transition from acute to chronic pain

Jon Levine – MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Director, NIH Pain Center, University of California, San Fransisco, Californa, USA

How life events get “under the skin”:
Insight into the relationship between life adversity and suicide risk

Gustavo Turecki – MD, PhD, Professor
Vice-Chair, Research and Academic Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

KT related to immunization

Anna Taddio – PhD, Associate professor
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, Canada
Adjunct scientist and clinical pharmacist at SickKids, Toronto, Canada

Integrative therapies and chronic pain

Lonnie Zeltzer – MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA
Director, Pediatric Pain Program Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA

From functional abdominal pain in childhood to chronic pain in adulthood

Lynn Walker – Professor of Pediatrics

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN 37212, USA

Sickle cell disease pain:
How can behavioral research inform transitions from pediatric to adult hospital care?

James Elander – PhD, Professor
Head of Centre for Psychological Research at University of Derby, Derby, UK

In this talk James Elander will describe the pathophysiology of pain in sickle cell disease (SCD) and how acute painful sickling episodes are managed in European and North American hospitals. He will then review evidence about SCD patients’ experiences of hospital pain management, and discuss how research on behavioral and interpersonal factors that influence pain management could be used to improve patient transitions from pediatric to adult services. This includes evidence about patients’ perceptions of being treated with respect and trust by healthcare providers, and about how healthcare providers make judgments about patients’ pain medication needs.
Award winners lectures

Distinguished Career Award

Kenneth D Craig, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Early Career Award

Psychosocial determinants of child pain:
Toward an interpersonal fear-avoidance model of pain

Liesbet Goubert – PhD, Associate Professor of Health Psychology
Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium


More than 30 workshops

Furthermore there will be more than 30 topical workshops and two presentations by recipients of the Distinguished Career and Early Career Awards. Poster presentations will provide up to date research and clinical information, and this year there will be a special trainee poster award session. The top 5 trainee posters will be invited to deliver a 10 minutes oral presentation.
Education Day

The Education Day, initiating the meeting June 17, will be focused on Procedural Pain (in populations of children with special needs).