2021 IASP Global Year Lecture: Professor Lorimer Moseley AO

Monday 19 April, 09.45am – 10.05am AEST (followed by live Q&A)

Learning and back pain. Challenges, opportunities and groovy little tricks

Each year the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) sponsors and promotes a Global Year About 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.

Prof Lorimer Moseley AO

The focus for the 2021 campaign, is the Global Year About Back Pain, and this lecture will be delivered by Professor Lorimer Moseley AO from the University of South Australia.

Professor Lorimer Moseley AO (DSc PhD FAAHMS FFPMANZCA (Hon) MAPA (Hon) FACP) is a pain scientist, clinician and educator. He has authored 350 papers and five books. His public education and outreach articles and videos have had over 9 million reads/views. He leads Innovation in Implementation & Clinical Translation (IIMPACT) in Health at the University of South Australia, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Research, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine and an Honoured Member of the APA. For further information on Professor Moseley AO please visit the APS 2021 conference website.

2021 Sunderland Lecture: Professor Siri Leknes

Monday 19 April: 3.15 – 4.00pm AEST (includes live Q&A)

How opioids shape our feelings: Sorting facts from myths

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

Professor Siri Leknes

The Sunderland Lecture was instituted at the 1987 meeting of the APS 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

Professor Siri Leknes is a Professor of Social and Affective Neuroscience at the University of Oslo, Norway and a Senior Researcher at Oslo University Hospital. Her lab, the Leknes Affective Brain lab (LAB lab) studies how the brain and body give rise to pleasurable and painful feelings, and how these feelings are connected to decisions and behaviour. For further information on Professor Leknes please visit the APS 2021 conference website.

2021 Tess Cramond Lecture: Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon

Tuesday 20 April: 10.05 – 10.25am AEST (followed by live Q&A)

Non-invasive brain stimulation for pain: from understanding heterogeneity towards personalised pain medicine

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 APS ASM. 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.

Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon

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.

Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University and the head of the “Pain, Addiction and Mental Health Group” at the Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health. Bernadette’s research program is dedicated to understanding the relationship between neurobiological and psychosocial mechanisms of the pain experience and how these may be harnessed to advance the application of non-invasive brain stimulation to treat persistent pain.

For further information on Dr Fitzgibbon please visit the APS 2021 conference website.

2021 Bonica Lecture: Dr Susie Lord

Tuesday 20 April, 3.00 – 3.20pm AEST (followed by live Q&A)

Equity in pain care distribution – Applying a public health ethics lens

Dr Susie Lord

The John Bonica Named Lecture is offered to an Australian guest speaker. The Bonica lecture has been a feature of the APS ASM 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. There is a brief synopsis of Dr Bonica’s life and achievements on the IASP website.

Dr Susie Lord is a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, leading the Children’s Complex Pain Service, John Hunter Children’s Hospital, and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle.

For further information on Dr Lord please visit the APS 2021 conference website.

It is our great pleasure to have Professors Lorimer Moseley AO and Siri Leknes as well as Doctors Susie Lord and Bernadette Fitzgibbon involved in APS 2021, we look forward to hearing them all present.

Registrations are now open. Visit the APS 2021 website for more updates.

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