The John Bonica Named Lecture is offered to an Australian guest speaker.
The Bonica lecture has been a feature of the Australian Pain Society scientific meeting since 1984. John Bonica himself presented the first lecture, and generally the honour is bestowed on an Australian scientist/pain clinician.
Dr. Bonica’s vision was to provide an egalitarian, interdisciplinary, and international forum to improve knowledge about pain, improve the education of health-care providers, and improve the care of patients. Widely regarded as the Founding Father of Pain Medicine, his passion lead to the incorporation of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) in May 1974.
2016 Bonica Lecture:
Dr Chris Vaughan is the 2016 Bonica Lecturer and will present Cannabinoids in neuropathic pain (models) in plenary session 6 on day 3 of the conference.
Chris is head of the Cellular Research Group at the Pain Management Research Institute, University of Sydney. Dr Vaughan’s research has focussed on the mechanisms underlying chronic pain and the actions of pain relieving drugs. A key aim of this work is to identify novel drug therapies for the treatment of chronic pain. Much of this work has been focussed on developing pharmacotherapies, based upon the plant Cannabis sativa, which might be used to engage the body’s own cannabis-like neurotransmitter system.
We are delighted to have Dr Vaughan involved in APS 2016, we hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything this conference has to offer.