We look forward to sharing the knowledge and expertise of this wonderful National Keynote Speaker line up at the inaugural Virtual Scientific Meeting 2021 of Australian Pain Society.

All speakers will be joining us live for interactive sessions

that will include time for Q&A with delegates.

Professor Ian Cameron

Professor Ian Cameron

Tuesday 20 April, 9.30 – 9.50am AEST

Chronic pain after motor vehicle crash injury: Assisting recovery

Professor Ian Cameron is a clinician researcher who is the Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine, and is Head of John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, at the University of Sydney. He has research and clinical interests in chronic pain. He is a NHMRC Practitioner Fellow conducting and translating research on injury related disability.

Dr Nick Christelis

Dr Nick Christelis

Monday 19 April, 2.55 pm – 3.15pm AEST

Combining interventional pain medicine and allied health

Dr Nick Christelis is medical director and co-founder of Pain Specialists Australia, a multidisciplinary pain clinic, that is tier 1 college accredited for pain medicine specialist training.

He holds two specialist pain medicine qualifications: one from Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FFPMANZCA), the other, from the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London, UK (FFPMRCA). 

Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon

Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon

Tuesday 20 April, 10.05 – 10.25am AEST

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

Dr 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.

Dr Susie Lord

Dr Susie Lord

Tuesday 20 April, 3.00pm – 3.20pm AEST

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

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.

Professor Lorimer Moseley AO

Prof Lorimer Moseley AO

Monday 19 April, 09.45am – 10.05am AEST

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

Professor Lorimer Moseley (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. He has been recognised by awards from government or society organisation in 13 countries.

Dr Feng Pan

Dr Feng Pan

Tuesday 20 April, 09.50 – 10.05am AEST

2021 Rising Star Award recipient

Sleep disturbance and its association with pain severity and distribution: A prospective 10.7 year study

Dr Feng Pan is a Senior Research Fellow at University of Tasmania Menzies Institute for Medical Research, supported by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. He has been researching on both epidemiology and clinical interventions to osteoarthritis-related pain. Much of his work has been on identifying biomechanical risk factors for chronic pain and osteoarthritis, identifying pain and osteoarthritis phenotypes and testing new therapeutic treatments.

Dr Pan has received several awards for his research including Tasmania STEM Young Researcher of the Year award, Royal Society of Tasmania Annual Doctoral Awards, International Osteoporosis Foundation Young Investigator Award, Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Scholarship, Bone, Muscles & Joint Diseases Young Scientist Award, etc. He is a General Officer of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), Musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Pan is an editorial member of peer-reviewed journals including Pain and Therapy, Frontiers in Medicine, BMC Public Health, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, and PLOS ONE.

Dr Sam Robinson

Dr Sam Robinson

Monday 19 April, 09.30 – 09.45am AEST

2020 Rising Star Award recipient

Gain from Pain: Using Venomous Animals to Explore a New Nociceptive Pathways

Dr Samuel Robinson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland. He is the 2020 Australian Pain Society Rising Star Award Winner.

His research expertise is in the discovery of new plant and animal toxins and investigation of their structure, function and potential for biomedical applications. Sam is an expert on plants and animals that sting, and the biology, chemistry, pharmacology and pathophysiology underlying those stings.

His research is providing new understanding on the mechanisms of chemical defence and predation used by animals and plants. The new toxins he has discovered are being used as tools for improving our understanding of the human body and designing new and better treatments for certain diseases.

Emeritus Professor Maree Smith AC

Emeritus Professor Maree Smith AC

Tuesday 20 April, 10.25 – 10.45am

The somatostatin 4 receptor is a novel target for evoking pain relief in a rat model of chronic mechanical low back pain

Maree Smith AC, is Emeritus Professor and Director of the Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development (CIPDD) in the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland. Internationally, she is a leading researcher in biomedical discovery/translation with particular expertise in the novel pain therapeutics field. She is inventor on a patented novel analgesic technology that was licensed to the UQ spin-out company, Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, for commercialization and acquired by Novartis in 2015. Although her focus is on IP-sensitive research, she has maintained an excellent publication output, with 170 publications to date. She has also advised/co-advised 30 PhD students and 50 Research Masters/Honours students to completion, as well as mentored numerous researchers in the past three decades.

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