University of Bath
Janet Bultitude is a Senior Lecturer at the Psychology Department and Centre for Pain Research at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are in pain, attention, sensorimotor interaction, and neurorehabilitation.
Drawing from her background in stroke research, her most recent work has focussed on “neglect-like” changes and other sensory symptoms in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and how these could be targeted to bring about pain relief.
An Australian, she moved to the United Kingdom after her undergraduate degree at the Australian National University and completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Bangor University in Wales.
Following this, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Space and Action laboratory at the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) in Lyon, France, and a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University in England. She has published in leading neuroscience journals and given invited presentations and conference talks around the world.
University College Cork
John F. Cryan is Professor & Chair, Dept. of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland and is also a Principal Investigator at APC Microbiome Ireland.
Professor Cryan's current research is focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut & microbiome and how it applies to stress, psychiatric and immune-related disorders at key time-windows across the lifespan.
He has published over 450 articles and is co-author of the bestselling “The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection” from National Geographic Press.
He has received numerous awards including UCC Researcher of the Year in 2012; UCC Research Communicator of the Year 2017, the University of Utrecht Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Research in 2013 and being named on the Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher list in 2014, 2017 & 2018.
Professor Cryan was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2017. He also received a Research Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterology Association and the Tom Connor Distinguished Scientist Award from Neuroscience Ireland in 2017 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2018. He was a TEDMED speaker in 2014 and is currently President of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.
University of Minnesota
Erin E. Krebs, MD, MPH is an internal medicine physician and health services researcher at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research and University of Minnesota Medical School.
Her research addresses clinical questions related to chronic pain and opioid analgesics, informed by her practice as a primary care physician. She was principal investigator of the landmark Strategies for Prescribing Analgesics Comparative Effectiveness (SPACE) trial that compared long-term pain, function, and quality of life outcomes of opioid therapy versus non-opioid medicaiton therapy for chronic back or osteoarthritis pain.
Her current research focuses on opioid tapering outcomes and care of patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. Dr Krebs completed medical school and internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota and received her MPH from the University of North Carolina, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Clinical Scholar.
Dr Christine Barry is a Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Histology at Flinders University in Adelaide. She is a registered physiotherapist with 20 years clinical experience, including 10 as a Titled Member of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, before completing her PhD in 2011 at the University of Adelaide.
Her current research focuses on plasticity of sensory neurons, especially in the female reproductive tract. She was awarded a 2019 Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation Project Grant to investigate sensory neuron activity and neuron-immune cell interactions relevant to vulvodynia.
University of Sydney
Fiona Blyth is Professor of Public Health and Pain Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, at the University of Sydney. She is a public health physician and pain epidemiologist. In January 2018 Prof Blyth was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for “significant service to medical research and education in the field of public health, pain management and ageing, and to health policy reform”.
Nth QLD Persistent Pain Mgmt Service
Dr Matthew Bryant (FANZCA, FFPMANZCA, FRACGP, FACRRM, Grad Dip Rural GP, MBBS) is Director of the North Queensland Persistent Pain Management Service. His team of 35 people (25 full time equivalent staff) provide multidisciplinary care to a population of 800 000 people, across five Hospital and Health Services, and an area of 770 000 km2. Prior to obtaining his Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia Fellowships, Matt worked as a rural GP in a number of locations across North Queensland and the Northern Territory. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at James Cook University, and a member of the Townsville Hospital Foundation Board and the ANZCA Faculty of Pain Medicine Queensland Regional Committee. His clinical and research interests include telehealth and pain management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Persistent Pain Network
After Anaesthesia Fellowship, Dr. Cooke completed her pain medicine training at the Multidisciplinary Pain Management Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital under the mentorship of Professor Tess Cramond. Further studies in paediatric anaesthesia and pain medicine were completed at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, USA before returning to Brisbane. She practices paediatric anaesthesia both publicly and privately.
Dr. Cooke practices as a Pain Medicine Specialist at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Brisbane and has a special interest in paediatric, adolescent and young adult pain medicine. She is a Director and Co-founder of SKIP, Support kids in Pain, a not for profit organisation providing community based multidisciplinary pain management programs to support children suffering chronic pain and their families. She is currently the Co-chair of the Statewide Persistent pain Management Network, Queensland.
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Dr Andrew Evans is a neurologist with more than 15 years specialist experience. He has developed a large team as Director of the Movement Disorder Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital.
He specializes in management and treatment of Parkinson’s patients and other movement disorder patients, offering a range of device-aided therapies to patients with Parkinson’s disease. As a consultant neurologist at the Melbourne Psychiatric Centre, Dr Evans is working within a quaternary referral service providing diagnosis and management of complex patients with a range of neurodegenerative syndromes including application and management of post-operative psychosurgery patients.
Dr Evans’ early research brought to light a range of impulsive and compulsive behaviors in Parkinson’s disease and highlighted the mechanisms underlying these providing critical insight into other behavioral symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease and disorders of addictions. He has published widely on this and other areas with currently over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has written 5 books. His current research interests include investigator driven studies for Parkinson’s disease with specific emphasis on identification and management of nonmotor symptoms including pain. He has been active in a number of Phase I studies of putative novel neuroprotective agent’s in Parkinson’s.
University of South Australia
Dr Cobus Gerber is a senior chemist and heads the Population Health Chemistry research group at the University of South Australia. His research focus is the development of drug recovery from biofluid and wastewater media and mass spectrometry-based detection methods. He collaborates internationally in the emerging field of Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (WBE). He has published several scientific papers and reports for government agencies on the application of WBE to show the scale of use of substances with abuse potential , as well as spatial and temporal changes in drug use in Australia.
University of Newcastle
Professor Jennifer Martin is a leading clinical pharmacologist. She is the Chair of the discipline of Clinical Pharmacology in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle and a senior staff specialist in internal medicine at the John Hunter Hospital.
Professor Martin is also Director of the NHMRC-funded Australia Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE), Australia's first federally-funded research centre in medicinal cannabinoids to ensure quality and safety in the implementation of medicinal cannabis use in the community.
She is also lead chief investigator on a $1.96 million Cancer Council NSW pathways grant to develop a personalised chemotherapy dosing system for cancer patients, and more than $3m in funding for medicinal cannabis research as part of NSW Government’s Clinical Cannabis Medicines Program. In addition, Professor Martin is part of Australia's first medical cannabis trial to produce world-class pharmacokinetic analysis and sophisticated modelling to inform drug dosage and frequency of administration.
Based at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, the former Rhodes Scholar leads a team of pharmacy and medicine experts together with pharmacoepidemiologists and pharmacoeconomists.
University of Queensland
Dr Samuel Robinson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University Of Queensland. He is the 2020 Australian Pain Society Rising Star Award Winner.
His research expertise is in the discovery of new plant and animal toxins and investigation of their structure, function and potential for biomedical applications. Sam is an expert on plants and animals that sting, and the biology, chemistry, pharmacology and pathophysiology underlying those stings.
His research is providing new understanding on the mechanisms of chemical defense and predation used by animals and plants. The new toxins he has discovered are being used as tools for improving our understanding of the human body and designing new and better treatments for certain diseases.
University of Queensland
Michele Sterling is Professor in the Recover Injury Research Centre, Program Lead of the Designing Better Therapies research program and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Road Traffic Injury Recovery. She is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. She is internationally recognised for her research on whiplash-associated disorders. Michele’s research focusses on the mechanisms underlying the development of chronic pain after injury, predictive algorithms for outcomes and developing effective interventions for musculoskeletal injury and pain. She has received over $13M in research funding from the NHMRC, ARC and industry partners, including 7 NHMRC project grants, 2 CRE's - the most recent as CIA. She has editorial roles with several leading journals and textbooks, and is a widely published author. She has received numerous awards for her research including the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award in 2005. Michele is an elected member of the leadership Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).