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2020 Sunderland Lecture: Dr Janet Bultitude

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Sir Sydney Sunderland

Background: The 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.

2020 Sunderland Lecture:


Dr Janet Bultitude

Dr Janet Bultitude will be presenting the Sunderland Lecture, discussing The role and relevance of neuropsychological changes in chronic pain.

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.


2020 Tess Cramond Lecture: Dr Christine Barry

Background: The 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.


Prof Tess Cramond

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.

2020 Tess Cramond Lecture:


Dr Christine Barry

Dr Christine Barry will be presenting the Tess Cramond Lecture, discussing Emerging evidence of macrophage contribution to chronic pain associated with the female reproductive tract.

Dr Christine Barry is a Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Histology at Flinders University in Adelaide. She is a registered physiotherapist with 20 years clinical experience, including 10 as a Titled Member of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, before completing her PhD in 2011 at the University of Adelaide.

Her current research focuses on plasticity of sensory neurons, especially in the female reproductive tract. She was awarded a 2019 Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation Project Grant to investigate sensory neuron activity and neuron-immune cell interactions relevant to vulvodynia.


2020 Bonica Lecture: Professor Jennifer Martin

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


Dr John 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.

2020 Bonica Lecture:


Prof Jennifer Martin

Professor Jennifer Martin is a leading clinical pharmacologist. She is the Chair of the discipline of Clinical Pharmacology in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle and a senior staff specialist in internal medicine at the John Hunter Hospital.

Professor Martin is also Director of the NHMRC-funded Australia Centre for Cannabinoid Clinical and Research Excellence (ACRE), Australia’s first federally-funded research centre in medicinal cannabinoids to ensure quality and safety in the implementation of medicinal cannabis use in the community.

She is also lead chief investigator on a $1.96 million Cancer Council NSW pathways grant to develop a personalised chemotherapy dosing system for cancer patients, and more than $3m in funding for medicinal cannabis research as part of NSW Government’s Clinical Cannabis Medicines Program. In addition, Professor Martin is part of Australia’s first medical cannabis trial to produce world-class pharmacokinetic analysis and sophisticated modelling to inform drug dosage and frequency of administration.

Based at the Hunter Medical Research Institute, the former Rhodes Scholar leads a team of pharmacy and medicine experts together with pharmacoepidemiologists and pharmacoeconomists.


2020 IASP Global Year Lecture: Professor Michele Sterling

Background: Each 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.IASP GlobalYear2020_logo

The focus for the 2020 campaign, is the Global Year for the Prevention of Pain, and this lecture will be delivered by Professor Michele Sterling from the University of Queensland.

2020 IASP Global Year Lecture: Professor Michele Sterling


Prof Michele Sterling

Michele Sterling is Professor in the Recover Injury Research Centre, Program Lead of the Designing Better Therapies research program and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Road Traffic Injury Recovery. She is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. She is internationally recognised for her research on whiplash-associated disorders. Michele’s research focusses on the mechanisms underlying the development of chronic pain after injury, predictive algorithms for outcomes and developing effective interventions for musculoskeletal injury and pain.

She has received over $13M in research funding from the NHMRC, ARC and industry partners, including 7 NHMRC project grants, 2 CRE’s – the most recent as CIA. She has editorial roles with several leading journals and textbooks, and is a widely published author. She has received numerous awards for her research including the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award in 2005. Michele is an elected member of the leadership Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

We are delighted to have Dr Janet Bultitude, Dr Christine Barry, Professor Jennifer Martin and Professor Michele Sterling 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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