Plenary Lectures

IASP's World Congress will feature an exciting array of plenary lectures covering a diverse range of pain disciplines, from the world's top pain scientists and leaders.

By addressing new research, revealing changes in the industry, and looking to the future, plenary lectures help build a dynamic scientific program for the World Congress.

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Plenary Lectures Schedule

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Time
8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

John J. Bonica Award Lecture: “Central Sensitization: Clinical Utility of a Physiological Concept for ICD-11 and Nociplastic Pain”

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program

The physiological concept of "central sensitization“ refers to a leftward shift of the stimulus-response functions of nociceptive neurons in the…

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

Peripheral Neuroimmune Interactions Drive Itch and Inflammation

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common chronic itch disorder and affects ~10% of people worldwide. AD is an inflammatory…

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time
8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

Cytokines and Pain

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

John D. Loeser Award Lecture: The Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Is Now 40 Years Old: Time for a Reappraisal?

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program

The biopsychosocial model of pain has been generally credited with providing a unifying perspective for clinicians and researchers in extending…

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT
2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

Mechanisms and Manifestations in Musculoskeletal Pain – from Experimental to Clinical Pain Settings

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program

Musculoskeletal pain is extremely frequent, a major socio-economic burden, and contemporary treatment is inadequate. Acute musculoskeletal pain presents with localised…

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time
8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

Mosaic of “Pain Genes” and Biological Pathways Contributing to Human Pain

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program

The molecular pathophysiology of chronic pain is largely unknown. The genetic and molecular studies of human pain can nevertheless provide…

8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

Neuroimaging of Pain and Affect: Pathways, Biomarkers, and Interventions

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Prof. Tor D Wager

Pain and related forms of affect are central to human life. Their experience defines our wellbeing, and the brain processes…

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT
2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

Neuronal Interactions with Microbes in Pain and Host Defense

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Isaac Chiu

The sensory nervous system is constantly exposed to microbes at barrier tissues such as the skin and gut. We and…

Friday, September 23, 2022

Time
8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

Nonopioid Analgesics Discovery and the Valley of Death – EMA401 from Concept to Clinical Trial

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Prof. Maree T Smith

Success in translating promising preclinical efficacy data for molecules from analgesics discovery programs to positive clinical trial outcomes is limited,…

8:15am EDT9:30am EDT
5:00pm EDT6:30pm EDT

Elucidating Pain Mechanism with Venom-Derived Peptides and Natural Toxins: What Doesn’t Kill You Might Treat Your Pain

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Dr. Irina Vetter

Pain following envenomation is a well-known phenomenon: touching a nettle, stepping on a bee or becoming wrapped in jellyfish tentacles…