We are honoured to introduce the International Keynote Speakers for the
2019 Australian Pain Society 39th Annual Scientific Meeting,
to be held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in April 2019.
Professor Tor Wager
We warmly welcome Professor Tor Wager, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Cognitive Psychology in 2003, and served as an Assistant and Associate Professor at Columbia University from 2004-2009. Since 2010, he has directed Boulder’s Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory. Much of the lab’s work centres on the neurophysiology of pain and emotion and how they are shaped by cognitive and social influences. In addition to basic research, Prof Wager’s lab is involved in developing analysis methods for fMRI analysis. He and his group have developed several publicly available software toolboxes. More information about the lab’s activities, publications, and software can be found at http://wagerlab.colorado.edu.
Professor Beth Darnall
Beth Darnall, PhD is Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She is principal investigator for $13M in federally funded pain and opioid reduction research projects that test the effectiveness and mechanisms of psychological strategies in individuals with chronic pain. She investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing, targeted pain psychology treatments she has developed, prevention of post-surgical pain, and patient-centered outpatient opioid tapering. She delivers pain psychology and opioid reduction lectures and workshops nationally and internationally. She is author of The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016; Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014; and Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain ©2018 (American Psychological Association Press). She presented multiple lectures on “The Psychology of Pain Relief” at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Forbes, Scientific American Mind, The Washington Post, and TIME Magazine.
Professor Nanna Finnerup
Nanna Brix Finnerup, MD, DrMedSc, is Professor in pain research at the Danish Pain Research Center, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark. Nanna Finnerup graduated from the Medical School at Aarhus University 1993, and after her internship worked at the department of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Copenhagen. Since 1998 she has worked at the Danish Pain Research Center at Aarhus University. She obtained her degree of Doctor of Medical Sciences from Aarhus University in 2008, and is currently Professor at the Danish Pain Research Center.
Dr. Finnerup has authored more than 130 refereed publications. Her main research interest is the pathophysiology and therapy of neuropathic pain. Current research areas include spinal cord injury pain, chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain, painful diabetic polyneuropathy, post-surgical neuropathic pain, thermal sensory integration, neurophysiological assessment of pain mechanisms, placebo mechanisms, neuropharmacology, clinical trials, and systematic reviews.
Dr Finnerup is vice-chair of NeuPSIG, the neuropathic pain SIG of IASP and past president of the Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain (SASP). She is section editor of the journal PAIN. She has given a plenary lecture at the World Congress on Pain and the Sir Ludwig Guttman lecture at the International Spinal Cord Injury Society.
We are delighted to share the knowledge and expertise each International Keynote Speaker brings to the 2019 APS 39th ASM. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything the ASM has to offer.
Registrations are now open!