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We are honoured to introduce the International Keynote Speakers for the
2020 Australian Pain Society 40th Annual Scientific Meeting
to be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart next April.


Dr Janet Bultitude

Dr Janet Bultitude

Please give a warm welcome to Dr Janet Bultitude.

Janet Bultitude is a Senior Lecturer at the Psychology Department and Centre for Pain Research at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are in pain, attention, sensorimotor interaction, and neurorehabilitation.

Drawing from her background in stroke research, her most recent work has focussed on “neglect-like” changes and other sensory symptoms in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and how these could be targeted to bring about pain relief.

An Australian, she moved to the United Kingdom after her undergraduate degree at the Australian National University and completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Bangor University in Wales.

Following this, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Space and Action laboratory at the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) in Lyon, France, and a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University in England. She has published in leading neuroscience journals and given invited presentations and conference talks around the world.

Dr Bultitude will be presenting the Sunderland Lecture, discussing The role and relevance of neuropsychological changes in chronic pain. You can also see Dr Bultitude present Bodily and sensory sensitivity in complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia: Systemic changes beyond the diagnostic criteria.

Twitter: @JanetBultitude


Professor John F. Cryan

Professor John F. Cryan

Please give a warm welcome to Professor John F. Cryan.

John F. Cryan is Professor & Chair, Dept. of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland and is also a Principal Investigator at APC Microbiome Ireland.

Professor Cryan’s current research is focused on understanding the interaction between brain, gut & microbiome and how it applies to stress, psychiatric and immune-related disorders at key time-windows across the lifespan.

He has published over 450 articles and is co-author of the bestselling “The Psychobiotic Revolution: Mood, Food, and the New Science of the Gut-Brain Connection” from National Geographic Press.

He has received numerous awards including UCC Researcher of the Year in 2012; UCC Research Communicator of the Year 2017, the University of Utrecht Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Research in 2013 and being named on the Thomson Reuters/Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher list in 2014, 2017 & 2018.

Professor Cryan was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2017. He also received a Research Mentor Award from the American Gastroenterology Association and the Tom Connor Distinguished Scientist Award from Neuroscience Ireland in 2017 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 2018. He was a TEDMED speaker in 2014 and is currently President of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.

Twitter: @jfcryan

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Dr Erin E. Krebs

Dr Erin E. Krebs

Please give a warm welcome to Dr Erin E. Krebs.

Erin E. Krebs, MD, MPH is an internal medicine physician and health services researcher at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research and University of Minnesota Medical School.

Her research addresses clinical questions related to chronic pain and opioid analgesics, informed by her practice as a primary care physician. She was principal investigator of the landmark Strategies for Prescribing Analgesics Comparative Effectiveness (SPACE) trial that compared long-term pain, function, and quality of life outcomes of opioid therapy versus non-opioid medication therapy for chronic back or osteoarthritis pain.

Her current research focuses on opioid tapering outcomes and care of patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. Dr Krebs completed medical school and internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota and received her MPH from the University of North Carolina, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Clinical Scholar.

Dr Erin E. Krebs will present Effectiveness of opioids for chronic pain and Patient-centered opioid tapering.

We are delighted to share the knowledge and expertise each International Keynote Speaker brings to 2020 APS 40th ASM. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy everything the ASM has to offer.

Registrations are now open!

Click here to register for the 2020 APS 40th ASM.

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About Australian Pain Society

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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