Monday, April 12, 2010

NIH Pain Consortium Symposium: “Moving Towards Personalized Pain Management”

This year's NIH Pain Consortium Symposium, titled "Moving Towards Personalized Pain Management," will include presentations and discussions of three topic areas: development of tools for individualized pain management, emerging therapies, and translating research in tailored pain management. The members of the Pain Consortium have invited a selective group of highly talented junior investigators to present posters representing a broad spectrum of current pain research findings. Researchers, health care providers, and the public are invited to attend. Registration is free. The event will be hosted by the co-chairs of the NIH Pain Consortium.
The symposium will be videocast live and archived at

Symposium Location
National Institutes of Health
Lipsett Auditorium, Building 10
Bethesda, MD 20892



Wednesday, May 5, 2010
7:30 AM  -  8:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM  -  8:45 AMIntroduction and Welcome 
Dr. Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director, National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, Pain Consortium Co-Chair
8:45 AM  -  9:00 AMMessage from the American Pain Society
Session One: 
Developing Tools for Individualized Pain Management
9:00 AM  -  9:20 AMHarvard Medical School: Assessment Tools to Characterize Individual Pain Phenotypes
Clifford Woolf, M.B., B.Ch., Ph.D., Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School
9:20 AM  -  9:40 AMDeveloping Imaging Biomarkers of Analgesic Effects
David Borsook, M.D., Ph.D., McLean Hospital, Harvard University
9:40 AM  -  10:00 AMMethodology for Adaptive Treatment Strategies for Chronic Disorders: Focus on Pain
Susan A. Murphy, Ph.D., University of Michigan
10:00 AM  -  10:20 AMMoving from the Means to the Standard Deviations in Pain Research: Novel Approaches to Characterize 
Christine Miaskowski, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, University of California, San Francisco
10:20 AM  -  10:40 AMQuestions and Answers: Panel
10:40 AM  -  11:00 AMBreak and Posters
Poster presentations will be held outside the auditorium.
Session 2: 
Translating Research into Tailored Clinical Practice
11:00 AM  -  11:20 AMIdentifying Risk Factors for Post-Surgical Pain
Robert Edwards, Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University
11:20 AM  -  11:40 AMTrends and Risks of Chronic Opioid Therapy Among the Elderly
Michael Von Korff, Ph.D., Group Health Research Institute
11:40 AM  -  12:00 PMPsychopathology as a Predictor of the Efficacy of Pain Management Strategies 
Ajay D. Wasan, M.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University
12:00 PM  -  12:20 PMPain in Rheumatoid Arthritis: More Than Inflammation
Daniel Solomon, M.D., Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University
12:20 PM  -  12:40 PMQuestions and Answers: Panel
12:40 PM  -  2:00 PMLunch Break and Posters
Poster presentations will be held outside the auditorium.
2:00 PM  -  2:10 PMPresentation of the Mitchell Max Award for Best Poster
Story Landis, Ph.D., Director, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Pain Consortium Co-Chair
2:10 PM  -  2:10 PMSession 3: 
Emerging Therapies for Individualized Pain Management
2:10 PM  -  2:30 PMTargeted Nerve Toxin for Cancer Pain 
Michael Iadarola, Ph.D., National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research
2:30 PM  -  2:50 PMEmerging Therapies for Pain Management: Glial Targets
Linda Watkins, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
2:50 PM  -  3:10 PMCentral Role of Protein Kinase-C Epsilon in Mediating Analgesic Synergy in 
Primary Afferent Terminals 
George Wilcox, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
3:10 PM  -  3:30 PMEmerging Therapies for Pain Management: Spinal Analgesics
James Eisenach, M.D., Wake Forest University
3:30 PM  -  3:50 PMQuestions and Answers: Panel
3:50 PM  -  3:50 PMClosing Remarks
Josephine Briggs, M.D., Director, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Pain Consortium Co-Chair

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