13-14th October, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen


Keynote lectures

  • Visualizing and quantifying spatial and qualitative pain sensations
  • The Harald Breivik Lecture:
    Somatosensory mapping in post-surgical pain
  • Bodily maps of emotions
  • What is the cost of chronic pain?
  • The distributed nociceptive system: A framework for understanding pain
  • Hot debate: What the last decade of systematic somatosensory assessments taught us about measuring pain?
  • QST and epigenetics of pain
  • Assessing pain after cancer treatment
  • Translational science and the treatment of neuropathic pain?
  • Developments in pain research in Scotland/U.K.
Detailed program

Keynote lecturers

  • Associate Professor, Aalborg University

    Shellie A. Boudreau is an Associate Professor at the Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), SMI, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark.

    She launched her research career within pain and neuroplasticity, branched into health tech, is the inventor of Navigate Pain™, and founded a start-up, Aglance Solutions ApS, based on her research.

    Her recent work focuses on new methods to map, track, and quantify pain experiences and discomfort across various conditions and diseases and explore the value that unique pain patterns may have for treatment and diagnoses.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen

    Mads Werner is a pain physician interested in the pathophysiology and management of persistent pain after groin hernia repair. More than 135 research publications in peer-reviewed journals. NIH-funding 2014-2020.

    The H-index/i10-index are 36/81, with a total of 6,200 citations. Editor of medical textbooks in anesthesiology and pain management published in Sweden and Denmark. Since 2019 Editor-in-Chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Pain.

  • Professor, Turku PET Centre, University of Turku

    I did my undergraduate studies majoring in psychology at University of Turku, Finland. I defended my PhD on neurocognitive mechanisms of social attention at University of Turku in 2006. After that, I worked as a post-doc at the MRC CBU in Cambridge, UK studying neural mechanisms of face perception in Andy Calder’s group.

    I returned to Finland in 2008, to work as Academy of Finland junior fellow and subsequently as senior fellow at Turku PET Center and Aalto University. After a four-year appointment as Assistant professor in cognitive neuroscience at Aalto University, I returned to the University of Turku with my laboratory.

    Currently I lead the Human Emotion Systems laboratory at Turku PET Centre and Department of Psychology, University of Turku. Our group studies functional and molecular neural mechanisms of human emotions and social interaction in complex, life-like settings with magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, magneto- and electroencephalography and behavioural techniques.

    I have written over 100 scientific articles on brain basis of emotions and social cognition, and acquired more than 4M€ grant money for our group. Currently our research is funded by the Academy of Finland, The Sigrid Juselius Foundation, and the Emil Aaltonen Foundation.

  • Senior Researcher, Oslo University Hospital

    Christopher Sivert Nielsen is a psychologist and epidemiologist specializing in population-based studies of chronic pain and pain sensitivity.

    His research interests encompass the causes and consequences of individual differences in pain sensitivity, and mapping the patterns of comorbidity associated with chronic pain and hyperalgesia.

    He currently leads the EU funded project PainFACT, aimed at identifying molecular mechanisms linking pain with fatigue, affective disorders, cardiovascular disease, and multimorbidity.

  • Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Ohio

    Robert C. Coghill’s research interleaves data obtained with functional MRI of brain activity with subjective reports of pain and psychological state.

    Together with a highly collaborative group of clinicians and scientists within the Pediatric Pain Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, he is using these approaches to better understand multiple forms of pediatric chronic pain.

  • Professor, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University

    Dr. Martin Schmelz is director of the Dept. of Experimental Pain Research at the Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University and as neurophysiologist focused on translational aspects of itch and pain.

    His focus in on sensitization of primary afferents recording from experimental animals, volunteers and patients spanning a period of 30 years (H-factor >65). Key research questions are mechanisms of ongoing activity and sensitized supra-threshold encoding of nociceptors.

  • Bioinformatician, Imperial College, London

    Dr. Jan Vollert is a bioinformatician with a PhD in Neurophysiology from the Medical Faculty Mannheim of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany.

    His research focuses on the application of statistical and computational models in pain research, mainly in Quantitative Sensory Testing. Dr. Jan Vollert published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, and the h-index is 17. Invited speaker at congresses of the IASP, the NeupSIG, and the European Pain Federation.

  • Assistant Professor, Aalborg University

    Rocco Giordano received a B.Sc. degree in health biotechnologies and a M.Sc. in medical biotechnology from the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.

    Subsequently, he worked as research assistant in several laboratories at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy, acquiring expertise in new high throughput molecular techniques to evaluate the expression of non-coding RNA and proteins. In 2016, he worked at IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Rome, Italy increasing his interest in pain research and genomic biomarkers.

    In September 2016, he enrolled as Ph.D. fellow at Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain under the supervision of Prof. Lars Arendt-Nielsen at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is interested in epigenetics, transcriptomics, proteomics and molecular biology behind the pain process.

    He focusses his research on evaluating potential circulating genomic biomarkers involved in pain pathways. In September 2021, he obtained a PhD in “Biomedical Science and Engineering” defending a thesis titled “Epigenetic and Proteomic Signatures for Chronic Pain Patients after Total Knee Replacement”, showing evidence of the interaction between epigenetic modifications and post-operative pain.

  • Professor, Danish Pain Research Center, Aarhus University

    Nanna B. Finnerup is professor and director of the Danish Pain Research Center at Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University.

    She has a long-standing research interest in neuropathic pain. She is past-president of SASP and past-chair of NeuPSIG.

  • Professor, University College, London

    Anthony Dickenson, BSc, PhD, FmedSci, FBPharmcolS is Emeritus Professor of Neuropharmacology in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at University College, London, United Kingdom.

    He gained his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, and has held posts in Paris, California and Sweden. He joined UCL in 1983 and was made Professor in 1995.

    His research interests are pharmacology of the nervous system with an emphasis on the mechanisms of pain and how pain can be controlled in both normal and pathophysiological conditions, and how to translate basic science to the patient.

    He has made seminal contributions to the science of pain and its treatments and several of his key studies have become pivotal to clinical pain management. Prof. Dickenson is an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society , was a member of the Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) for 6 years and is Section Editor for the journal Pain.

    He was elected as an Honorary Member of IASP and a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society. He has authored more than 360 refereed publications and has an h index of 104, all due to his motivated and brilliant research team; he is a founding and continuing member of the Wellcome Trust funded London Pain Consortium, an international group that has received funding of over £15M from 2002 to now.

    His research has been continually additionally funded since 1984 by bodies including the Medical Research Council, BBSRC, EU Funds (6 occassions), Arthritis UK, NIH USA and others.

  • Professor, University of Dundee, Scotland

    Chair in Pain Medicine, University of Dundee/ Consultant in Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine, NHS Tayside | Deputy Head of Division, Population Health and Genomics.

    Hon. Professor in Pain Medicine, University of EdinburghUntil May 2018, Lesley Colvin was a full-time pain specialist in the Lothian Chronic Pain Service, and Hon Professor, University of Edinburgh. Chair of Pain Medicine, University of Dundee, in May 2018.

    Recognising the importance of cross discipline collaboration, Lesley Colvin was one of the founders of the Edinburgh Translational Research in Pain (ETRiP) collaboration, set up in 2000. The aim was to bring together clinicians and basic scientists from a range of backgrounds to effectively translate novel basic science findings to clinical benefit.

    This developed, with successful grant applications and publications. In Dundee, working with Profs Blair Smith (Population Health) and Tim Hales (Neuroscience), the aim is to progress pain research, using an iterative approach to understand and improve management of challenging clinical pain syndromes.

    This includes collaboration with Irene Tracey, from Oxford, using fMRI to better understand clinical pain syndromes, such as chemotherapy induced neuropathy and multiple sclerosis. Citations: 5,649 and h-index: 38.

Additional events

  • Postgraduate course 12th October
  • Welcome reception 12th October 17:00 (main venue)
  • "Get-together" Dinner 13th October 19:00 (Kayak Bar)
  • Poster presentations with discussions
  • Verbal abstract presentations and discussions
  • Virtual session with the Scottish Pain and Research Community (SPaRC)
  • Sponsor exhibitions
  • Sponsor luncheon sessions (13th & 14th October)
  • Sponsor afternoon session (14th October)

The Meeting will be held at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen

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Fees and registration

Categories Timelines Registration fees
Student/Trainee, early bird* Latest 15 JUN 2022 85 EUR 625 DKK
Student/Trainee, standard* 16 JUN - 7 OCT 2022 110 EUR 825 DKK
Student/Trainee, late* 8 OCT - 14 OCT 2022 140 EUR 1 025 DKK
SASP-member, early bird Latest 15 JUN 2022 120 EUR 895 DKK
SASP-member, standard 16 JUN - 7 OCT 2022 150 EUR 1 095 DKK
SASP-member, late 8 OCT - 14 OCT 2022 190 EUR 1 395 DKK
Non-SASP-member, early bird** Latest 15 JUN 2022 135 EUR 995 DKK
Non-SASP-member, standard** 16 JUN - 7 OCT 2022 170 EUR 1 295 DKK
Non-SASP-member, late** 8 OCT - 14 OCT 2022 210 EUR 1 595 DKK
Post-graduate course 75 EUR 550 DKK

*proof letter from advisor or place of study required
** a free one-year subscription to the Scandinavian Journal of Pain

  • Students or trainees: early bird 625 DKK (85 €) and standard 825 DKK (110 €) (proof letter from advisor or place of study required)
  • SASP-members: early bird 895 DKK (120 €) and standard 1 095 DKK (150 €)
  • Non-SASP-members: early bird 995 DKK (135 €) and standard 1 295 DKK (170 €; become a SASP-member and in addition receive a free one-year subscription to Scandinavian Journal of Pain).
  • Awards (750€) will be given to three abstracts. Winners will be asked to give a 10-minutes plenary oral presentation at the meeting
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The organization committee gratefully acknowledges the funding by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the sponsoring from Grünenthal Denmark ApS, SOMEDIC SenseLab AB, Medtronic and Cephalon.

Scientific committee

  • Christopher S. Nielsen Oslo
  • Henrik B. Vægter Odense
  • Nanna B. Finnerup Aarhus
  • Morten B. Houlind Copenhagen
  • Carsten Mørch Dahl Aalborg
  • Mads U. Werner Copenhagen/Lund

Postgraduate course committee

  • Anne-Marie Heegaard Copenhagen
  • Christian Bjerggaard Vægter Aarhus
  • Kristian Kjær Petersen Aalborg
  • Páll Karlsson Aarhus
  • Mads U. Werner Copenhagen/Lund

Organizing committee

  • Lona L. Christrup Copenhagen
  • Henrik Dyhr (PCO) Copenhagen
  • Carsten Mørch Dahl Aalborg
  • Elisabeth Kjær Jensen Copenhagen
  • Mads U. Werner Copenhagen/Lund