2019 Sunderland Lecture: Professor Tor Wager


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: http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/aasmemoirs/sunderland.htm

2019 Sunderland Lecture: Professor Tor Wager

Wager_TorIn 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 http://wagerlab.colorado.edu.

2019 Tess Cramond Lecture: Dr Melissa Day


ASM2016_tess_cramondThe Professor Tess Cramond Named Lecture is offered to an Australian researcher in the early part of their career.

The Lecture was first presented at the 2007 Australian Pain Society 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, please click here.

2019 Tess Cramond Lecture: Dr Melissa Day

Day, Melissa PhotoDr. Day completed her MA(Clin) and PhD at the University of Alabama, followed by her Clinical Psychology residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Day then undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship in pain psychology, also at the University of Washington. She is now a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Australia and most recently, was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Fellowship, which she is completing within the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland, where she is also a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Day’s program of research has focused on implementing randomised controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy and mechanisms of cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based interventions for chronic pain conditions. She recently published a sole authored book with Wiley titled, “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Clinical Manual and Guide”. More recently she has also contributed to the “Bonica’s Management of Pain 5th edition”, as a co-author, writing a chapter on Group Therapy.

2019 Bonica Lecture: Professor Glenn King


The John Bonica Named Lecture is offered to an Australian guest speaker.ASM2016_Bonica

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.

2019 Bonica Lecture: Professor Glenn King

King_Glenn_For webGlenn is currently Professor and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB), University of Queensland. Glenn grew up in Sydney, where he completed his PhD studies at the University Sydney before postdoctoral studies at the University of Oxford. After academic appointments at the University of Sydney and the University of Connecticut, he joined the IMB in 2007. Glenn’s interest lies in using animal venoms to explore the molecular architecture of nociceptive pathways in order to develop novel pain therapies. He has published three coauthored books, 19 book chapters, and 240 journal articles.

King_Glenn_spiderRecent awards include the 2013 Beckman Coulter Discovery Science Award from the Australian Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 2013 ASB Sir Rutherford Robertson Award from the Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB), 2015 Medal of the Australian & New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance (ANZMAG), and the 2016 IMB Impact Award for Discovery & Innovation. Glenn is a former President of ASB, former Chair of ANZMAG, and he has been an elected member of the Executive Council of the International Society for Toxinology since 2012. In his limited spare time, Glenn rides his road bike and plays guitar badly.

2019 IASP Global Year Lecture: Professor Beth Darnall


iasp_logo_09nov10Each year the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) sponsors and promotes a Global Year Against Pain, a yearlong initiative designed to raise international awareness of pain. In each year, the IASP focuses on a different aspect of pain that has global implications. From the inaugural lecture in 2019, the Australian Pain Society will recognise the Global Year theme each year at its Annual Scientific Meeting.

The focus for the 2019 campaign, is the Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable, and this inaugural lecture will be delivered by Professor Beth Darnell of Stanford University.

2019 IASP Global Year Lecture: Professor Beth Darnall

Beth Darnall - Stanford, CA

Beth Darnall – Stanford, CA

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.

We are delighted to have Professor Beth Darnall involved in 2019 APS 39th ASM to present the IASP Global Year Lecture. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything this ASM has to offer.

Website: bethdarnall.com
Twitter: @bethdarnall

We are delighted to have Professor Tor Wager, Dr Melissa Day, Professor Glenn King and Professor Beth Darnall presenting their respective named lectures. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything this ASM has to offer.

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