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.
An in memoriam tribute to John Bonica can be found on the IASP website and a TED talk from 2015 by Latif Nasser discusses: “The amazing story of the man who gave us modern pain relief”.
2017 Bonica Lecture:
Dr Andrew Somogyi will be presenting the Bonica Lecture, discussing Pain and analgesia in the era of genetics.
Dr Andrew Somogyi teaches pharmacology in undergraduate medicine, dentistry, nursing and health science programs. He has an active research program centred on elucidating the dispositional mechanisms for altered human drug response in pain, depression and transplantation therapeutics through pharmacokinetic, metabolism, pharmacodynamic and pharmacogenomic studies. He has translated his research into clinical practice by establishing a Pharmacogenetics Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Pharmacogenomics and personalised healthcare is a theme of his overarching research and public health focus. He is a Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (ANZCA).
We are delighted to have Dr Andrew Somogyi involved in APS 2017 and present the Bonica Lecture. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything this conference has to offer.