Professor Liesbet Goubert is Full Professor in the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium (www.ghplab.ugent.be). She completed her PhD in 2004, in which she focussed on the role of psychosocial risk factors for the development of chronic low back pain (e.g. fear, catastrophising). In the last decade, she shifted her main research focus to the investigation of interpersonal dynamics of (chronic) pain and chronic illness. She has published numerous studies on the role of others (e.g., parents, health care providers, partners) in the context of paediatric and adult pain. More recently, she became very interested in the study of psychosocial resilience mechanisms that may account for the sustainment of adaptive functioning and well-being in the presence of pain. In her research she makes use of a variety of methods, including diary, experimental, questionnaire, and observational methodology.
She developed, together with (inter)national colleagues, different theoretical models on the role of the social context in chronic conditions which have been published in high-impact journals (e.g., Goubert et al., PAIN, 2005; Hadjistavropoulos et al., Psychological Bulletin, 2011; Goubert et al., Journal of Pain, 2011; Simons et al., Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 2016) and books (e.g., Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain, Encyclopedia of Pain, The Social Neuroscience of Empathy). Her scholarly contributions have been recognised with several scientific awards, including the IASP-SIG Early Career Award in Pediatric Pain, the EFIC Grünenthal Grant Award for young scientists carrying out innovative clinical pain research, and the Prize "Institut Belge de la Douleur-UPSA-Belgisch Pijninstituut. In May 2017, she was invited to deliver the highly prestigious British Pain Society Annual Lecture at the 50th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Pain Society, and she received the British Pain Society Medal in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the clinical science of pain.
She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Belgian Pain Society (Belgian IASP Chapter) from 2006-2012; since 2010 she is a member of the scientific committee of the Belgian Pain Society. Since 2008, she is an international collaborator of the Strategic Training Program on Pain in Child Health (PICH) of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Currently, she is the chair of the Scientific Program Committee of two international conferences: the 11th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (July 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and the European Pediatric Psychology Conference (September 2018, Ghent, Belgium). Since 2014, she has been appointed as the academic secretary of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Ghent University.
Professor Stephen McMahon is Sherrington Professor of Physiology at King’s College London. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. His major research interest is pain mechanisms. He has a long standing interest in identifying pain mediators and studying their neurobiological actions. He has worked extensively on the role of NGF (neutralizing antibodies now in multiple phase III trials), ATP acting at P2X3 receptors (receptor antagonists now in multiple phase II and III trials). His current research is focused on neuro-immune interactions, particularly the neurobiology of chemokines, and the genetics and epigenetics of pain.
Professor McMahon currently directs the Wellcome Trust Pain Consortium, and prior to this, the London Pain Consortium, a collection of leading pain researchers working to better understand chronic pain mechanisms and improve treatments. He was academic lead on a EU-IMI consortium called Europain, a collaboration of scientists working in academia and industry, 2009-2015.
Professor McMahon is editor of Wall and Melzack’s Textbook of Pain, 5th and 6th Edition (7th Edition in preparation). He has published more than 300 research articles in scientific journals including, Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, Cell, Neuron and the Journal of Neuroscience and has an H-index of 94 (https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=Qz9HihUAAAAJ&hl=en)
Dr Tonya Palermo is a pediatric psychologist and Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington with adjunct appointments in Pediatrics and Psychiatry. She also serves as Associate Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She directs the Pediatric Pain & Sleep Innovations Lab that aims to improve the lives of children with pain and their families through developing, evaluating, and disseminating innovative treatments that can be delivered at low cost.
She is particularly interested in behavioral, psychosocial and family factors that affect pain perception, daily functioning, sleep quality, and quality of life in children and adolescents. She is an NIH-funded investigator who is currently developing and testing psychological and family interventions for youth with chronic pain. Dr. Palermo has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles and two books on cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain in children and adolescents. Dr. Palermo is active in training clinician-scientists at the postdoctoral and junior faculty level. Dr. Palermo has served on the Executive Boards of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, ISRII, and the American Pain Society, serves as Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and has been elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Professor Rachelle Buchbinder is a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist and an Australian NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. She is the Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute; Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University; Joint Coordinating Editor of Cochrane Musculoskeletal; and current President of the Australian Rheumatology Association. She is a founding member and current Steering Group Chair of the recently established Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trial Network.
She combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions as well as improving communication with patients and health literacy. She has a longstanding commitment to knowledge synthesis and implementation of clinical research evidence to guide clinical decision-making and improve patient outcomes. Her current program of work concerns reducing inappropriate or low value care.