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

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:

2019 Sunderland Lecture: Professor Tor Wager


In 2019, Tor Wager, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will be presenting the Sunderland Lecture. 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 particular, Professor Wager is interested in how thoughts and beliefs influence affective experiences, affective learning, and brain-body communication. In addition to negative emotions and stressors, the lab also focuses on prosocial emotions, including compassion and empathy. In addition to basic research, Professor Wager’s lab is involved in developing analysis methods for fMRI analysis. He and his group have developed several publicly available software toolboxes. He regularly teaches workshops on fMRI analysis and has co-authored a book on the subject, titled Principles of fMRI. Finally, a third focus is on collaborative, translational research incorporating brain systems-level analyses into the study of clinical disorders, including chronic pain, PTSD, Parkinson’s Disease, depression, and schizophrenia. More information about the lab’s activities, publications, and software can be found at

We are delighted to have Professor Tor Wager involved in 2019 APS 39th ASM and present the Sunderland Lecture. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything this ASM has to offer.

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