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Pain in Dementia


24 September 2019


12:00 AM11:59 PM

September 24th, 2019, 11:00am EDT


  • Novel Developments in Opioid Use in Dementia

    Wilco Achterberg, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
  • Novel Tools for Pain Assessment in Dementia

    Stefan Lautenbacher, PhD, University of Bamberg, Germany
  • Novel Training to Improve Pain Detection in DementiaMiriam Kunz, MPsych, University of Groningen, Germany 

Moderator: Keela Herr, PhD, University of Iowa, United States

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About the Speakers

Prof. Dr. Wilco Achterberg (1963) is an elderly care physician and a professor of institutional care and elderly care medicine in Leiden, the Netherlands, since October 2010. His research focus is on the most vulnerable persons, most of whom live in nursing homes, and is centred around three themes: pain and quality of life in dementia, palliative care in dementia and geriatric rehabilitation. He is the chair of a large academic nursing home network, and responsible for the training of 70 residents in elderly care medicine. Wilco was vice-chair of the EU COST action Pain in Cognitive impairment. Next to numerous international scientific publications, he has given lectures at many international congresses and chaired symposia nationally and internationally. Next to that he has been an invited lecturer amongst others in London 2015 on palliative care in dementia, Beijing 2016 on geriatric rehabilitation, Sao Paolo 2017 on ageing, London 2018 (BGS): Geriatric Training of physicians and he is invited to speak in Sydney (Dutch Consulate, November 21st 2018) on societal challenges of ageing.

Prof. Dr. Miriam Kunz was born near Duesseldorf, Germany in 1977. She studied Psychology in Berlin (1997 – 2002) and received her PhD from the University of Bamberg (2006). She conducted her postdoctoral research at the University of Montreal (Prof. Pierre Rainville) and the University of Bamberg (Prof. Lautenbacher). In 2015 she moved to the Netherlands to start a Tenure Track position at the University of Groningen. In 2019 she moved to Augsburg (Germany) to start as a full professor for Medical Psychology and Sociology at the University of Augsburg. She is an expert in the field of facial expression of pain and in the field of pain in patients with dementia, where her research bridges from experimental basic research to clinical applications.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Lautenbacher from Munich received his Diploma in Psychology 1983 in Munich and his PhD 1990 in Bamberg. He finished 1997 his habilitation thesis in Bamberg. He worked as fellow and assistant lecturer at the Max Planck Institute in Munich from 1983 to 1994 with an interruption of one year (1991-1992) for a postdoctoral stay in London (Canada). After 7 years as managing psychologist at the University Hospital in Marburg starting 1994, he was appointed 2001 to become full professor for Physiological Psychology in Bamberg. His expertise in the biopsychology of pain allowed him supervising many PhD theses and publishing several book and close to 200 journal articles.

Keela A. Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FGSA, FAAN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa and is Co-Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence. Dr. Herr is co-PI of the College of Nursing’s NINR T32 pre- and post-doctoral training grant focused on Pain and Associated Symptoms and of the University of Iowa’s interdisciplinary Center of Excellence in Pain Education, which is funded by NIDA. She presents nationally and internationally on strategies for improving assessment and management of pain in elders and has published extensively on the topic of elder pain. Dr. Herr served on the 1998, 2002 and 2009 American Geriatric Society persistent pain guideline expert panels and provided leadership to determine quality measures for palliative care through the AAHPM/HPNA Measuring What Matters initiative. She also provided national professional leadership in service on the Board of Directors for the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and the American Pain Society (APS). Dr. Herr consults with national and federal groups regarding effective pain care for older persons, including the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Health Pain Consortium, and the FDA, and is leading a national effort to provide best practice tools and resources to improve pain care for older adults in long term care settings.

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