Keynote Speakers


International Keynote Speakers

Jane Ballantyne

Dr Jane Ballantyne

Dr Ballantyne trained in Anaesthesia at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, then moved to Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston in 1990. She was appointed Chief of the Division of Pain Medicine in MGH in 1999.

Dr Ballantyne became University of Washington (UW) Medicine Professor of Education and Research in 2011. Her research focuses on the development of opioid management tools utilising electronic outcomes assessment and rapid learning methodology. Dr Ballantyne edits several leading journals and is a widely published author.

Jeffrey Mogil

Professor Jeffrey Mogil

Professor Jeffrey Mogil is currently the E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies and the Canada Research Chair in the Genetics of Pain at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Dr Mogil has authored over 170 journal articles and book chapters since 1992, and he has given over 220 invited lectures in that same period. He currently serves as a Section Editor at the journal - Pain, and he chaired the Scientific Program Committee of the 13th World Congress on Pain held in 2010.

Andrew Moore

Dr Andrew Moore

Dr Moore graduated with a Doctor of Science from the University of Oxford and has over 30 years experience in biomedical research. He is currently Director of Pain Research, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford, and Chairman of the International Association for the Study of Pain Systematic Review and Evidence special interest group.

Dr Moore is founding editor of the evidence-based journal - Bandolier, and has contributed 500+ scientific and clinical publications and 200 systematic reviews including over 80 Cochrane reviews.



Invited Speakers

Christine  Chambers

Dr Christine Chambers

Dr Christine Chambers is a clinical psychologist, Canada Research Chair in Pain and Child Health, and Professor in the Departments of Paediatrics, and Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is based in the Centre for Paediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. Dr Chambers’ research examines developmental, psychological, and social influences on childrens pain, with a focus on family factors in paediatric pain and pain measurement in children.  She is a recipient of the International Association for the Study of Pain’s (IASP) Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award, given to an individual under the age of 40 who has made significant contributions to clinical pain research.

Michel Coppieters

Associate Professor Michel Coppieters

Associate Professor Michel Coppieters has a special interest in nerve disorders and pain. His research consists of clinical studies as well as more basic science experiments. The aim of Michel's research is to obtain a better understanding of the pathophysiology of human nerve compression and to develop and evaluate novel management approaches for patients with neuropathic pain. He is Associate Professor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland in Brisbane. Michel delivers pain related subjects in the undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy programs and directs the Neuropathic Pain Research Group in the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health.

Stephen Gibson

Professor Stephen Gibson

Professor Gibson is a past President of the Australian Pain Society and is the current chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain special interest group for pain in older persons.  He has been active in pain research for over 20 years and is currently the Deputy Director of the National Aging Research Institute (NARI) and Director of Research at the Caulfield Pain Management Centre.  Professor Gibson is a registered psychologist and holds the position of Professor within the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne.  He was awarded the 2006 Pfizer international visiting professorship in pain medicine and remains active in clinical practice via his involvement with multidisciplinary pain management centres.  He has been a chief investigator on multiple funding grants from the NHMRC and has attracted competitive grants totalling more than $15 million over his career.  Professor Gibson has contributed to more than 150 peer-reviewed publications; he is on the editorial board of several leading journals and is a sought after speaker at international meetings.  His current research interests include studies on pain assessment in persons with dementia, age differences in pain and its impacts, as well as the implementation of pain management guidelines into the residential aged care sector. 

Alex Holmes

Associate Professor Alex Holmes

Associate Professor Alex Holmes is head of consultation-liaison psychiatry at Royal Melbourne Hospital.  His research is focussed on the association between mental disorders and physical illness, in particular in the aftermath of serious physical injury. Associate Professor Holmes’ research into early detection and intervention for the adverse psychological consequences of traumatic injury has led to studies on persistent pain. His current research is aimed at determining the degree to which persistent pain can be predicted after injury, and developing methods to triage high-risk patients to early review.

Graeme Jones

Professor Graeme Jones

Since 1995, Dr Jones has been in Hobart, Tasmania where he combines clinical practice and research. He is currently Professor of Rheumatology and Epidemiology, and Head of the Musculoskeletal Unit at the Menzies Research Institute. A National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship funds his position.

Professor Jones is also the current Medical Director of the Arthritis Foundation of Australia. He has received grants from competitive and non-competitive sources totalling over $16 million dollars and has published more than 260 articles primarily on the epidemiology of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. In more recent years he has concentrated on both industry sponsored and investigator initiated clinical trials.

Janet Keast

Professor Janet Keast

Professor Keast graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Adelaide and PhD from Flinders University. After postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Keast held an academic position at the University of Queensland, followed by a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship, most recently held at the University of Sydney, where she was also Director of Basic Research at the Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital.

In February 2012 Janet was appointed to the Chair of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne. Her interest in the neurobiology of pain is focused on pelvic visceral pain and spinal cord injury pain, especially in the context of plasticity of sensory and spinal neurons. Janet is also recognised internationally in the area of autonomic neuroscience, especially the neural regulation of urogenital organs and the impact of injury on these nerves. 

Elizabeth  Kendall

Professor Elizabeth Kendall

Professor Kendall completed her PhD in psychology in 1998 with the Dean’s Commendation for Excellence.  Her PhD was a longitudinal investigation of a multivariate predictive model of adjustment following brain injury. Since that time, she has developed expertise in three major streams: (1) coping and self-management following acquired disability and chronic illness (2) innovative service models based on client/community engagement that are responsive to diverse populations, and (3) healthy environments that accommodate disability, prevent injury and/or promote health.

Professor Kendall has published over 120 papers, 17 books and book chapters and a large number of government reports that have had significant impact in the area of self-management and community-based interventions for vulnerable populations.

Chris Maher

Professor Chris Maher

Chris Maher is Professor of Physiotherapy in Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney and Director of the Musculoskeletal Division at The George Institute for Global Health, and he leads a research division focusing on the management of musculoskeletal conditions in primary care and community settings.

Professor Maher holds an honorary National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (step 3) and he is a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy.

Elizabeth  Manias

Professor Elizabeth Manias

Professor Elizabeth Manias is a qualified pharmacist and nurse, and works in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, at The University of Melbourne. Her areas of research include: pain assessment and management in acute and chronic pain situations, patient safety, medication management, interpersonal and organisational communication, and consumer participation. She has extensive experience in undertaking hospital and community-based research using diverse methodological approaches. Professor Manias has been involved in undertaking hospital ethnographic studies, in developing and evaluating instruments, and in conducting interventional studies.

Greg Neely

Dr Greg Neely

Dr Neely completed his PhD in immunology at the University of Calgary, Canada in 2004, and went on to train with Josef Penninger, Scientific Director, in Vienna, Austria, where he used functional genomics approaches to identify hundreds of novel conserved genes involved in cardiovascular and neurological diseases. Dr Neely moved to the Garvan Institute in 2010 where his group continues to use fly, mouse and human model systems to sift through the human genome looking for novel disease genes affecting major human diseases and lifespan.

Chris Peck

Professor Chris Peck

Professor Chris Peck has a background in orofacial pain and jaw biomechanics research providing extensive experience in pain classification, central and peripheral neurophysiological changes with pain and pain’s effects on the motor system. This research has provided possible clinical management strategies to improve musculoskeletal disorders. He has also worked with the NSW Health Department in developing community surveys and his research focus has included an interdisciplinary focus investigating the biological, psychological and social aspects of pain. Professor Peck has developed collaborations with Universities in Canada, The Netherlands, Japan and Thailand and led international consortia into research criteria for jaw disorders. He is currently Dean of Dentistry and is a Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital Pain Management and Research Centre, and leads undergraduate and postgraduate orofacial pain curricula, and Chris is a member of the Jaw Function and Orofacial Pain Research Unit at Westmead Hospital.