Jul 17, 2017
The Scientific Committee of the Finnish Association for the Study of Pain (FASP) arranged the first three-day Pain Summer School in June at the Tuohilampi Education Center near Helsinki. An international faculty and PhD students from ten different countries made the summer school an unforgettable experience to everybody participating in this intensive pain course.
The program’s theme was “Assessment of Pain,” which was approached by seven excellent lectures that explored the topic from the cognitive systems level, study designs and analysis methods via central and peripheral nervous system function to the small fibers and microRNAs. Each area incorporated human and experimental animal perspectives to offer the students a holistic translational view of the challenging task of measuring and assessing pain.
The superb lecturers made this course truly enjoyable and most educational. The faculty included Amanda Williams from London University College, Andrew Rice from Imperial College London, Troels S. Jensen from Århus University, Michael Fischer from Vienna University, Antti Pertovaara from Helsinki University, Inge Petter Kleggetveit from Oslo University Hospital, and Sanna Salanterä from Turku University. Small student groups were warmly and intelligently coached by the lecturers to enhance fruitful and lively discussions after each one-hour lecture.
One task for each group was to make a witty three-minute summary of one of the lectures, and the best performance was awarded, with lots of laughs, in a competition on Friday. Orion Pharma offered for FASP its outstanding modern meeting center built around an old 18th-century manor house by a small lake in the middle of the woods. With five saunas and the lake available for the participants, the facility encouraged late-night relaxation after inspiring days of brain storming.
The FASP cordially thanks all coaches, students, and Orion representatives for making a long-time dream come true in the form of this very successful first Finnish and Scandinavian Pain Summer School.
-- Satu Jääskeläinen, MD, PhD, professor of clinical neurophysiology, Turku University Hospital and University of Turku, Turku, Finland
Students and faculty at the first Scandinavian Pain School enjoyed the lakeside program in Tuohilampi, Finland.