2017 Sunderland Lecture: Dr Judith Turner


ASM2016_Sunderland_high resThe Sir Sydney Sunderland Named Lecture is offered to an international guest speaker.

The Sunderland Lecture was instituted at the 1987 meeting of the Australian Pain Society in recognition of Sir Sydney Sunderland’s contribution to the understanding of neuropathic pain. Sir Sydney Sunderland was an Australian neuro-anatomist who spent much of his career at the University of Melbourne. His major contribution to the research field was the description of recovery following peripheral nerve injury. There is a brief synopsis of Sir Sydney’s life and achievements on the Australian Academy of Science website.

2017 Sunderland Lecture:

turner_judithDr Turner will be presenting the Sunderland Lecture, discussing Cognitive-behavioural treatments for chronic pain: Recent innovation, new insights, and future directions.

Dr Judith Turner is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, USA. She received a PhD in clinical psychology from UCLA and has worked in the University of Washington multidisciplinary pain center since 1980.  Dr Turner has been active in leadership of the International Association for the Study of Pain and elected President for 2016-2018. She has published over 200 journal articles, and received the Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator award from the American Pain Society and the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine prize for clinical pain research.  Her current research interests include chronic opioid therapy, predictors and mediators of pain treatment outcomes, and randomized trials of cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain.

2017 Tess Cramond Lecture: Dr Siobhan Schabrun


ASM2016_tess_cramondThe Professor Tess Cramond Named Lecture is offered to an Australian researcher in the early part of their career. The Lecture is a relatively recent initiative of the Australian Pain Society, having first been presented at the 2007 Scientific Meeting.
Tess Cramond AO OBE commenced work as an anaesthetist in the early 1950s. In the fifty years that followed she was committed to and gained international recognition for the improvement of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain medicine. She had a specific interest in the relief of cancer pain and supported the development of palliative care services.

She established the Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic (now the Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre) at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland in 1967.

Professor Cramond held many significant positions, including Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists and President of the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMAQ). She received many accolades, including the Gilbert Brown Prize, an OBE and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), an Advance Australia Award, a Red Cross Long Service Award and the AMA Women in Medicine Award.

Sadly, Professor Cramond passed away in late 2015. A tribute to her amazing life and achievements can be found on our blog.

2017 Tess Cramond Lecture:

schabrun-siobhanDr Schabrun will be presenting the Tess Cramond Lecture, discussing Non-invasive brain stimulation for the treatment of pain: Therapeutic potential, limitations and controversies.

Dr Siobhan Schabrun received her Physiotherapy degree from the Universtiy of South Australia and holds a PhD in Neuroscience from The University of Adelaide. She is a current NHMRC Career Development Fellow at Western Sydney University and a former Fulbright Scholar. Her research seeks to understand why some people develop persistent muscuskeletal pain after injury while others do not, and to develop and test novel brain based treatments that can improve outcomes for people living with pain.

2017 Bonica Lecture: Dr Andrew Somogyi


ASM2016_BonicaThe 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:

somogyi_picDr 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 Drs Judith Turner, Siobhan Schabrun and Andrew Somogyi as our Named Lecturers for APS2017, we hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything this conference has to offer.

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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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