Plenary Speakers

IASP’s World Congress will feature an exciting array of plenary talks and panels 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 speakers help build a dynamic scientific program for World Congress.

John D. Loeser Prize Lecture

The Biopsychosocial Model of Pain is Now 40 Years Old: Time for a Reappraisal?

Michael Nicholas, PhD, Professor Pain Management Research Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital, Australia

John J. Bonica Prize Lecture

Central Sensitization: Clinical Utility of a Physiological Concept for ICD-11 and Nociplastic Pain

Rolf-Detlef Treede, MD, Professor Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Ronald Melzack Award Lecture

Mosaic of Pain Genes and Biological Pathways Contributing to Human Pain

Luda Diatchenko, MD, PhD, Professor McGill University, Canada

William D. Willis, Jr. Memorial Award Lecture

Using Molecular Profiling to Understand Heterogeneity of Nociceptors

Patrik Ernfors, PhD, Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

Cytokines and Pain

Michaela Kress, MD, PhD, Professor, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria

How Ethics and the Social Determinants of Health Intersect to Yield Unequal Burdens and Social Inequalities in Pain Care

Carmen Green, MD, Professor and Dean,City University of New York (CUNY) School of Medicine, United States

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

Thomas Graven-Nielsen, DMSc, PhD, Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark

Peripheral Neuroimmune Interactions Drive Itch and Inflammation

Diana Bautista, PhD, Professor, University of California, Berkeley, United States

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

Tor Wager, PhD, Professor, Dartmouth University, United States

Neuronal Interactions with Microbes in Pain and Host Defense

Isaac Chiu, PhD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, United States

Sex and Gender: Putting the Individual Back into Individual Differences

Ed Keogh, PhD, Professor, University of Bath, United Kingdom

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

Maree Smith, PhD, Emeritus Professor, The University of Queensland, Australia