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Prevention of Pain After Surgery


4 June 2020


12:00 AM11:59 PM

Presented on 4 June 2020 at 10:00 EDT/16:00 CEST

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Winfried Meißner, Prof. Dr. med., Head of Pain Clinic and Palliative Care Department, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Jena University Hospital

“Acute pain after surgery: prediction and prevention”

After his residency as an anesthesiologist at University Hospital Berlin-Steglitz, Winfried Meissner was appointed Head of Jena University Hospital’s Pain Unit in 1994, and Head of the Palliative Care Department in 2009. The Pain Unit covers all areas of pain management (acute pain service, outpatient service unit, inpatient consultation service, multimodal pain management program, interdisciplinary pain conference, etc.). Prof. Meissner and his group have initiated and coordinate two large registries in the area of acute pain: QUIPS (Quality Improvement in post-operative pain management; in Germany) and its international counterpart PAIN OUT (Improvement in postoperative PAIN OUTcome). These registries offer feedback and benchmarking of pain treatment outcomes and facilitate health service research which resulted in a couple of landmark publications. In addition, he was coordinator of the NeuroPAIN project (chronic pain and neurologic consequences in sepsis survivors) and has broad teaching experience, e. g. development of curricula for perioperative care, palliative care, medical communication and medical English. He is coordinator of IMIPainCare’s subproject PROMPT (setting up a registry to follow-up postsurgical pain). In 2020, he received the Robert G. Addison Award by the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Meissner is president-elect of the German Pain Society and member of several national and international societies including ESA and IASP. Meissner is married and has five children.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, University Hospital Muenster

“Prevention of chronic pain after surgery – using drugs and regional analgesia techniques”

Esther Pogatzki-Zahn is an anesthesiologist, pain specialist and Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, University Hospital Muenster (UKM), Germany. She works as a pain specialist clinically and leads the Pain Service at the UKM. In addition, she is PI of the pain research lab at the University of Muenster (“Translational Pain Research Group”). Prof. Pogatzki-Zahn’s research focuses on peripheral and central mechanisms relevant for postoperative, neuropathic and cancer pain. Her current focus lies on the development of tools to assess innovative pain behavior measures in rodents, on preclinical “omic” and optogenetic studies, psychophysical testing in humans and the development of patient-reported outcome measures (PROM) in patients. Furthermore, she is involved in a number of national and international multicenter projects like “Pain-Out”, ” IMI-PAINCARE”, “PruSearch” and “POETpain”, some of which are aiming to prevent postoperative pain. She is a member of the Prospect Initiative (https://esraeurope.org/prospect/) and the German Research Network of Neuropathic Pain (DFNS) e.V., among other pain initiatives. Prof. Pogatzki-Zahn is Council member of the IASP and of the German chapter of the IASP and involved in many committees of pain and anesthesia societies. Within IASP, she currently co-chairs the Global Year 2020 for the prevention of pain of the IASP. She published more than 120 original peer reviewed manuscripts, 40 review articles/ editorials and 16 Book chapters (h-Index: 33), won several awards and receives currently research funds from the DFG, EU and the BMBF.

Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsych, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary

“Preventing pain after surgery in children: Harnessing pain memories”

Melanie Noel, PhD, RPsych is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary and a Full Member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Hotchkiss Brain Institute. Her expertise is on children’s memories for pain and co-occurring mental health issues and pediatric chronic pain. As Director of the Alberta Children’s Pain Research Lab, she developed conceptual models of child pain that guide pain research globally (95 peer-reviewed papers, H index = 29). She received early career awards from the International Association for the Study of Pain, Canadian and American Pain Societies, Canadian Psychological Association, and Society of Pediatric Psychology. She was named Avenue Magazine’s (Calgary) Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.

Dr. Noel co-chairs the Pain in Child Health Training Initiative, which is a transdisciplinary training initiative that connects scientists and trainees in pediatric pain from around the world and fosters excellence in pediatric pain science and advocacy. She is an executive board member of the Canadian Pain Society and is on the Scientific Program Committees of the Canadian Pain Society (Chair) and International Association for the Study of Pain. Dr. Noel is an advocate for pediatric pain management. She co-authored clinical practice guidelines for pain management of vaccine injections that were adopted by the World Health Organization.

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