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2015 Australian Pain Society
35th Annual Scientific Meeting

2015 Australian Pain Society
35th Annual Scientific Meeting

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Keynote Speakers

 

International Keynote Speakers

 
 
Timothy Deer

Dr Timothy Deer

Dr. Deer is the president and chief executive officer of The Center for Pain Relief, Inc. in Charleston, West Virginia. The Center for Pain Relief, Inc. treats more than 4000 chronic pain patients per month, many with unique conditions that require an algorithmic approach to their management.  He is a native West Virginian who received his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine and where he currently holds the position of clinical professor of anesthesiology.
Dr. Deer is the president of the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (WVSIPP) and has been elected to the position of President Elect of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS).  Dr. Deer is a member of the board of directors of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) and has served as faculty, moderator and presenter on many important subjects at many national and international meetings. 

Herta Flor

Professor Herta Flor

After receiving her doctorate in psychology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, Professor Herta Flor has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University and as visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1995, she became Full Professor of Psychology at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. Since 2000, she is Full Professor at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and Scientific Director of the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at the Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany. Her research focuses on the role of neuronal plasticity and learning and memory in chronic pain, anxiety and mood disorders, substance abuse and neuropsychological rehabilitation. She has received more than 60 research grants and numerous prestigious awards and has more than 400 publications.

Mary Lynch

Dr Mary Lynch

Dr Mary Lynch is Professor of Anesthesia, Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Dalhousie University, Canada. Dr Lynch has 25 years of experience as a clinician assisting patients with chronic pain. She is the author of the self-help manual “Surviving Your Personal Injuries Claim and Litigation” and lead editor of  “Clinical Pain Management : A Practical Guide”. Dr Lynch chaired the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) Wait Times Task Force and has gone on to Co-chair the CPS Task Force on Service Delivery and the Canadian Pain Strategy and serves as Past President of the CPS. Her research interests have focused on the development of new agents for the treatment of neuropathic pain including cannabinoids, integrative care in chronic pain management, development of wait-times benchmarks and strategies for service delivery.

Frank  Porreca

Dr Frank Porreca

Dr Frank Porreca is Professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ.  Dr Porreca is widely published in research addressing mechanisms of chronic pain and its treatment, and the adaptive nature of brain pain modulatory circuits following injury. 
Dr Porreca’s current research interests include exploration of the intersection between pain and reward pathways and discovery of molecules that can modulate these circuits for pain relief. 

 
     


 

National Speakers

 
 
Kim Bennell

Professor Kim Bennell

Professor Kim Bennell is a research physiotherapist, Director of the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine in the Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne and a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow.  Her research has focused on conservative management options for the prevention and treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions particularly osteoarthritis. She holds a NHMRC Program Grant in this area with colleagues at the University of Queensland and Sydney. Kim is currently on the Board of Directors of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International. 

Zoe Brett

Dr Zoe Brett

Dr Zoe Brett received an Australian Pain Society/Mundipharma Ph.D. scholarship to conduct her doctoral studies in behavioural and genetic predisposition to chronic pain, using a rodent model, at the University of Sydney (USYD). Dr Brett subsequently undertook a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded postdoctoral fellowship at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, USA, where she participated in human neurodevelopmental research investigating the interaction between genetics, epigenetics, and adverse early life experiences. Dr Brett recently relocated once more to the Commonwealth of Dominica in the West Indies to become an Assistant Professor in Neuroscience at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM).

Blake  Dear

Dr Blake Dear

Dr Blake Dear is National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Public Health Fellow and Co-Director of the eCentreClinic. The eCentreClinic (www.ecentreclinic.org) is a not-for-profit specialist research unit that develops and evaluates innovative internet-delivered treatment programs, which aim to improve access, for both clinicians and consumers, to evidence-based psychological treatments for a range of common mental health and chronic physical health conditions. To date, the eCentreClinic team has conducted more than 45 clinical trials with more than 4,500 adults from across Australia. Dr Dear has a particular interest in the use of the internet to improve access to accurate information and effective self-management skills for adults with chronic pain and other chronic health conditions. Dr Dear also has an interest in trans-diagnostic treatments that are simultaneously effective for a range of common mental and chronic physical health conditions.

Luke  Henderson

Associate Professor Luke Henderson

Dr Luke Henderson is an Associate Professor in the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney, Australia.  For the past 15 years, Dr Henderson has led the Neural Imaging Laboratory which uses human brain imaging techniques to explore central changes associated with acute and chronic pain. Dr Henderson’s current research interests include exploration of the brainstem mechanisms responsible for endogenous analgesia, as well as altered thalamocortical rhythm in chronic neuropathic pain.

 

Richard Lewis

Professor Richard Lewis

Dr Richard Lewis has studied ciguatera fish poisoning that causes cold allodynia for over 30 years. More recently he has been involved in the development of novel analgesics for severe pain, including the clinical candidates AM336 and Xen2174 developed from cone snail venom peptide discoveries. Currently, Dr Lewis is investigating novel sodium channel inhibitors with potential to treat a broad range of severe painful conditions. 

 

Geoff Littlejohn

Professor Geoff Littlejohn

Professor Geoff Littlejohn is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Monash University, and Emeritus Director of Monash Health Rheumatology, Melbourne. He is a clinician with academic interests. He has published over 220 reviewed articles on a variety of rheumatologic disorders. He has had a long-standing interest in musculoskeletal pain and fibromyalgia and has lectured extensively on these topics both locally and internationally.

 

 

Michael Nicholas

Professor Michael Nicholas

Professor Michael Nicholas directs pain education and pain management programs at the Pain Management Research Institute, which is part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney, and is based at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He maintains an active clinical role at the hospital alongside his extensive research and educational roles. He has an international reputation in this field with over 140 publications in scientific journals and books on psychological aspects of pain and multidisciplinary pain management.

Deborah  Schofield

Professor Deborah Schofield

Professor Deborah Schofield is Chair of Health Economics at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre and School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.  Professor Schofield established the health micro simulation modelling program at the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling  and  was a key developer of STINMOD, a model of income, government benefits and taxation used by the Federal government in every election and budget in the last decade. 
Professor Schofield and her team and their collaborators have undertaken extensive modelling on the economic impacts of illness and health interventions which have impacts not only on the health system, but also family economic circumstances, other government portfolios, and GDP.

 
     

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