ASM16 Keynote_SchweinhardtDr Petra Schweinhardt received her medical degree at Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany and she holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Oxford in England in neuroimaging of chronic pain. Currently, she is a full time researcher at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Her main research interests are the cerebral processing of pain in humans, in particular interactions between pain and reward systems, and brain alterations in patients with chronic pain. Dr Schweinhardt holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in the Neurobiology of Chronic Pain and is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry and the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr Schweinhardt will be hosting a plenary session on day 1 to discuss Pain and the reward circuitry – interactions in acute and chronic pain, and on day 2 where she will be presenting on the topic of Brain gray matter alterations in chronic pain – where do we stand?

Dr Schweinhardt will also be our special guest at the Meet the Speakers breakfast that has been offered to junior researchers, PhD students and post doctorate fellows. The aim of this session is to give younger scientists and clinicians an opportunity to ascertain career advice and guidance from the APS 2016 international plenary speakers.

We are delighted to have Dr Schweinhardt involved in APS 2016, we hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything this conference has to offer. To register for the 2016 Australian Pain Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting please click here.

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About Australian Pain Society

The Australian Pain Society is a multidisciplinary body aiming to relieve pain and related suffering through leadership in clinical practice, education, research and public advocacy.


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