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Simone Vigneri, MD, PhD

Head of the Neurology/Neurophysiology department


Santa Maria Maddalena Hospital


Bologna, Italy

Dr. Vigneri is the head of the Neurology/Neurophysiology department at Santa Maria Maddalena Hospital in Bologna, Italy. He has been in the pain field for 10 years and has been an IASP member for 6 years. He has attended 2 World Congresses.

What do you think is the next big “hot topic” in the pain field?

This is a nice one. Although several topics might be picked, I believe the upcoming challenges in pain medicine will be related with chronic pain and its social and economical burden. Considering the strong impact of chronic pain disorders at different levels including the impairment of productivity, education and social activities, how can physicians and professionals with different backgrounds and expertise cooperate in order to fulfill a multidisciplinary approach?

What has been your biggest professional challenge/obstacle thus far and how did you handle it/overcome it?

I am currently head of the Neurology/Neurophysiology Department in a private hospital that two years ago was officially included in the list of National Pain Management Centers in Italy. Until then It was sometimes hard to stand out and to see our results acknowledged as a team although the quality of our work and excellent results in clinical practice . Nevertheless, I always believed that hard work always pays off and we are all enthusiastic about the path we have chosen.

Why did you become an IASP member?/ Why are you an IASP member?

My main goal was (and still is) to learn from expert physicians, to exchange knowledge, to develop a network of scientist to be in touch with and mainly to promote scientific culture in Pain Medicine. Last but not least, meeting nice people besides well-known professionals.

What is your favorite member benefit?

I like the chance to be updated on the latest news in Pain Medicine, to attend high quality meetings around the globe and to be part of a network of scientist with different experiences and perspectives in pain management.

Are you involved with any Chapters or SIGs? What have you learned from them and what motivated you to join?

Being a neurologist/neurophysiologist, I joined the Neuropathic Pain SIG in order to be promptly updated about new guidelines, research studies, projects, and meetings. The definition of a neuropathic pain grading system for research and clinical practice was a fundamental step in the development of reliable enrollment criteria in our team’s recent published studies. Moreover, I am constantly in touch with some members of this group and this strongly contributes to my professional growth and to develop new ideas for future researches.

What is the last book you read for fun?

I’ve recently read Apropos of Nothing (Woody Allen) but I periodically go over The Emotional Brain by Joseph LeDoux, I love it!

Do you have a favorite account to follow on social media—for science or other topics?

I love Ted Talks! I believe it’s a great way to spread science knowledge in a language that can be understood by people with no medical knowledge. Sometimes I even watch it at the gym while I’m on the treadmill! Besides, I usually check new researches on PubMed or check my network updated on ResearchGate.

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