Plenary Lectures

An exciting line-up of internationally known speakers will present Plenary Lectures at the 15th World Congress on Pain. A diverse number of topics for basic scientists and clinicians will be presented to offer the current scientific developments in pain research and how they will impact the management and treatment of pain.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014




Morning Plenary


Transduction in Sensory Neurons
Ardem Patapoutian, PhD, The Scripps Research Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA)





Afternoon Plenary


Protecting the Body: Cortical Mechanisms of Threat Detection and Pain
Gian Iannetti, MD, PhD, University College London (United Kingdom)






Sleep and Pain in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) Patients
Gilles Lavigne, DMD, PhD, University of Montreal (Canada)






Wednesday, October 8 2014




Morning Plenary


Central Mechanisms of Pathological Pain
Rohini Kuner, PhD, University of Heidelberg (Germany)





Neuropathic Pain: Where Are We with Our Drug Treatments and Algorithms?
Nadine Attal, MD, PhD, U 987 INSERM and APHP (France)






Afternoon Plenary


John D. Loeser Distinguished Lecture
Palliative Care and Pain Treatment in the Global Health Agenda
Lilliana De Lima, MHA, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (USA)






What Pain Tells Us About Cancer
Brian Schmidt, DDS, MD, PhD, New York Univeristy (USA)

 Brian Schmidt





Thursday, October 9 2014




Morning Plenary


John J. Bonica Distinguished Lecture
Effect of Environment on the Long-Term Consequences of Chronic Pain
M. Catherine Bushnell, PhD, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH (USA)

 Catherine Bushnell





Chronic Pain, Conditioning, and Exposure: Current Concepts and Future Directions
Johannes Vlaeyen, PhD, University of Leuven (Belgium)






Afternoon Plenary


New Lipid Kinase that Regulates Nociceptive Signaling and Sensitization
Mark Zylka, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)






Understanding Central Pain Processing
Martin Ingvar, PhD, MD, Karolinska Institute (Sweden)





Friday, October 10 2014




Morning Plenary


Epigenetic Mechanisms Underlying Chronic Pain State
Minoru Narita, PhD, Hoshi University (Japan)





Migraine Genetics
Arn van den Maagdenberg, PhD, MD, MGC, Leiden University Medical Center (Netherlands)






Afternoon Plenary


Ronald Melzack Award Lecture
The Role of Endogenous Pain Modulation in Chronic Pain Mechanisms and Treatment
David Yarnitsky, MD, Rambam Medical Center (Israel)

 David Yarnitsky




Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – Disentangling its Complexity
Frank Birklein, MD, PhD, University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg-Mainz (Germany)






Saturday, October 11 2014




Morning Plenary


Social Modulation of and by Pain in Laboratory Rodents and Humans
Jeffrey Mogil, PhD, McGill University (Canada)

 Jeffrey Mogil





Pharmacotherapy for Pain Treatment: Efficacy and Safety Issues
Albert Dahan, MD, PhD, Leiden University (Netherlands)






Afternoon Plenary


Central Mechanisms Underlying Visceral Pain
Emeran Mayer, MD, UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress (USA)






Knowledge Translation in Pain: Building the Bridge between Discovery and Impact
Anna Taddio, PhD, University of Toronto (Canada)