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2018 Australian Pain Society 38th and New Zealand Pain Society

2018 Australian Pain Society 38th and New Zealand Pain Society Conjoint Annual Scientific Meeting 8 - 11 April 2018 | International Convention Centre, Sydney | Australia

Free Paper Sessions

Free paper sessions will be held on Tuesday 10 April 2018, from 1.30 pm - 3.00 pm.

Please click below for session outlines and speakers. Speakers are given 10 minutes to present their paper, followed by 5 minutes for Q&A.

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4  Session 5  Session 6

Authors must register by the early bird deadline, Friday 23 February 2018 to ensure their free paper is kept in the program. Authors who do not register by this date may have their paper removed from the program. Any questions should be sent to the Conference Secretariat.

Free Paper Session 1: Pharmacological approaches to pain management

  • Mr Matthew Bagg - The influence of unpublished data on the effect size of published meta-analyses of analgesic medicines for low back pain
  • Dr Anita Wluka - Efficacy of low-dose amitriptyline versus an active placebo for chronic low back pain: A double-blind, randomised controlled trial
  • Ms Ashlee Caldwell - Histamine receptor (HRH) subtypes mediate bladder afferent sensitivity in mice
  • Professor Stuart Brierley - Chronic oral administration of linaclotide inhibits nociceptive signalling in response to noxious colorectal distension in a model of chronic visceral hypersensitivity
  • Dr Luke Grundy - Chronic oral administration of the guanylate cyclase-c agonist linaclotide attenuates colitis induced bladder afferent and dorsal root ganglion hyperactivity
  • Mr Mohammad Zafar Imam - Analgesic and adverse effect profiles of cyx-5 and cyx-6, two g-protein biased µ opioid receptor agonists, in comparison to morphine after intracerebroventricular administration in rats

Free Paper Session 2: Pain modulation: Methods and mechanisms

  • Miss Vanessa Nguy - An investigation of the relationships between pain and aerobic exercise in people with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dr Ramakrishnan Mani - Conditioned pain modulation response is influenced by physical activity levels and sedentary behaviour in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Miss Kasia Marciszewski - Altered brainstem processing of pain in migraine
  • Dr Ben Colagiuri - The role of fear and anxiety in nocebo hyperalgesia
  • Dr Leanne Bisset - Endogenous pain modulation is impaired in lateral epicondylalgia: A case control study
  • Miss Emily Mills - Resting connectivity during pain fluctuations in chronic pain patients

Free Paper Session 3: Susceptibility, prevalence and treatment of muscle pain

  • Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon - Improved fatigue in fibromyalgia following dorsolateral prefrontal cortex repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation: A randomised-controlled trial
  • Ms Dragana Ceprnja - Attending a single physiotherapy session results in immediate improvement in pain and function for pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain: A randomised controlled trial
  • Ms Malene Ahern - What are patients’ experiences of primary care treatment for low back pain in Australia?
  • Mr Wei-Ju Chang - Reduced primary motor and sensory cortex excitability in acute low back pain
  • Miss Clare Mckinnon - The prevalence and characteristics of pain in children with cerebral palsy

Free Paper Session 4: Neural and glial mechanisms of neuropathy: Peripheral, spinal and supraspinal plasticity

  • Ms Sara Nencini - Piezo2 contributes to the excitability of aδ bone marrow nociceptors
  • Dr Scott Farrell - Small fibre pathology in chronic whiplash associated disorder: Preliminary findings
  • Mr Damien Boorman - Acute restraint stress differentially activates populations of locus coeruleus neurons in rats with, or without, neuropathic injury
  • Mr Aaron Giles - Early-life stress and nerve injury in adulthood alters the expression of stress-responsive receptors in the pituitary gland
  • Mr Nathan Fiore - Distinct patterns of glial expression and morphology in the hippocampus of rats with behavioural changes following nerve injury
  • Ms Zeynab Alshelh - Decreased brainstem T2 relaxation times in chronic orofacial neuropathic pain indicative of glial activation

Free Paper Session 5: Psychophysical and psychosocial perspectives in pain

  • Dr Anna Marcuzzi - Assessment of vibration sense: Reliability and recommendations to improve comparability
  • Mr Joshua Pate - A child’s concept of pain: An international survey of paediatric pain experts
  • Ms Bernadette Brady - Exploring sociocultural dimensions of suffering in chronic pain: The pictorial representation of illness and self measure
  • Mrs Elspeth Shipton - Pain medicine education in Australia and New Zealand
  • Mrs Jane Chalmers - Psychometric properties of the pelvic pain impact questionnaire
  • Ms Bernadette Brady - Does cultural adaptation influence patient engagement in pain management? A pilot randomised controlled trial

Free Paper Session 6: Stress and distress in the pain experience

  • Ms Noemi Meylakh - Cerebral blood flow differences within the migraine cycle
  • Dr Ann Meulders - Reduced selective learning in fibromyalgia patients vs. healthy controls
  • Dr Rachel Aaron - The role of sleep quality in the co-occurrence of post-traumatic stress symptoms and chronic pain
  • A/Professor Julia Hush - Psychological function does not differ between patients with neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain attending a multidisciplinary pain management program
  • Dr Annick Maujean - Whiplash patients' responses on the impact of event scale-r - congruent with pain or PTSD symptoms?
  • Dr Ann Meulders - The bidirectional relationship between fear and avoidance, and its impact on pain