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Translating the Science of Placebo into Medical Practice

Join us to better understand the science of self-healing and how we can harness its potential in medical practice.

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22 November 2023

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Join us to better understand the science of self-healing and how we can harness its potential in medical practice.

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern (US) Time

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This webinar is being produced through a collaboration of the IASP’s Pain and Placebo Special Interest Group and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA – in particular, the University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Placebo Beyond Opinions Center. Both groups are aligned on advancing unbiased knowledge of placebo effects by promoting interdisciplinary investigation of the placebo phenomenon and nurturing placebo research.  

This webinar is unique in that it is being hosted (both in-person and virtually) by the university of Maryland. As such, a link to the webinar will not be distributed upon registration – rather, a link to the webinar will be distributed to registrants via email both 24 hours and 1 hour prior to the webinar. For any questions, please feel free to email Gregory Carbonetti at gregory.carbonetti@iasp-pain.org.


The IASP defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage” to better articulate the biopsychosocial dimensions of this phenomenon. While our understanding of pain has greatly evolved over the past decades, there are still fundamental questions that need to be addressed, including its psychological components.

To approach these questions and to highlight a recent publication from the Oxford University Press – Placebo Effects through the Lens of Translational Research – the IASP and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, invite you to join us for this webinar exploring the cutting-edge research and discoveries that shed light on the enigmatic world of the placebo effect. To better understand the science of self-healing and harness its potential in medical practice, we’ll explore the science of the placebo effect and how it influences treatment. The webinar will feature:

  • Wayne Jonas, MD, Healing Works Foundation
  • Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, University of Maryland School of Nursing, USA (host)

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About the Presenter 

Wayne Jonas, MD, is a widely published investigator, practicing family physician, and professor of medicine at Georgetown University and at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army. Wayne was the director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health from 1995 to 1999 and led the World Health Organization’s Collaborative Center for Traditional Medicine. Prior to that, he served as the director of medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He now advises national and international organizations on ways to implement evidence-based healing practices in their medical systems. He currently serves as the president of Healing Works Foundation. 

About the Host 

Luana Colloca, MD PhD, is an NIH-funded physician-scientist who conducted ground-breaking studies that have advanced scientific understanding of the psychoneurobiological bases of endogenous systems for pain modulation in humans, including the discovery that the vasopressin system is involved in the enhancement of placebo effects with a dimorphic effect. Currently, her team conducts basic and translational research on genomics of orofacial chronic pain, brain mechanisms of expectancy – and observationally induced hypoalgesia – and immersive virtual reality. Her research has been published in top-ranked international journals including Biological Psychiatry, Pain, Nature Neuroscience, JAMA, Lancet Neurology, Science, and NEJM. The impact of her innovative work is clear from her outstanding publications, citation rate, numerous invited lectures worldwide, and media featured by The National Geographic, The New Scientist, Washington Post, Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Nature, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and News and World Reports.

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