Refresher Courses

World Congress offers a full day of Refresher Courses on 19 September. Attendees must register for World Congress.

Refresher Courses:
Provide attendees opportunities to learn the latest information on an array of topics that are critical to the study of pain.
Carry a separate registration fee covering the course, syllabus, and a coffee break.

Classroom 3

Refresher Course Topics

An Evidence-Based Approach to Chronic Abdominopelvic Pain

This session considers 3 key areas relating to the generation/maintenance of chronic abdominopelvic pain and its management.

Assessment, Mechanism-Based Pharmacological and Interventional Treatment for Neuropathic Pain

Join Jijun Xu, Nadien Attal, and Jianguo Cheng for an assessment of mechanism-based pharmacological and interventional treatment for neuropathic pain

Caring for Youth with Migraine and Other Headache Disorders: What the Evidence Suggests

This course will provide a contemporary update on how the evidence base is translated into current interdisciplinary care internationally. In addition, currently funded science by the NIH and industry will be highlighted, providing a glimpse into the future of pediatric headache medicine.

Cortical Signatures in Pain Conditions

Discrete pain processing pathways are regulated differentially according to the cognitive status of the individual. In this refresher course, the neuroanatomical framework by which distinct aspects of nociception are subserved will be discussed.

CRPS from Bedside to Bench

The aim of the refresher course is to educate course attendees in the clinical presentation of CRPS including the variability in the clinical picture, and furthermore to describe the current understanding of CRPS pathophysiology based on the most recent research findings.

Intensive Interdisciplinary Pain Treatment for Pediatric Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a prevalent, highly disabling condition among children and adolescents, resulting in physical limitations, school absences, social problems, and psychological comorbidities. Research in pediatric chronic pain shows that function improves before pain but can be hard to accomplish in traditional outpatient, multidisciplinary settings.

Neuro-Immune Interactions in Chronic Pain – A Topical Overview

Neuro-immune interactions are crucial to many chronic pain states. This workshop will not only provide an overview of the “classical players” that have been implicated, e.g. macrophages and microglia, but will also introduce attendees to recent topical ideas and findings.

Neuropathic Pain Assessment in Real Life: From the Bedside to the Lab

This refresher course is intended to provide clinicians and basic scientists interested in practical aspects of neuropathic pain diagnosis with a critical, real-life, and evidence-based approach to the challenges in diagnosing and interpreting confirmatory tests for neuropathic pain.

Nociception and Neuroplasticity: Peripheral and Central Mechanisms

This refresher course will discuss the intricate mechanisms that underlie afferent nerve stimulation, peripheral and central sensitization, and spinal cord/brain encoding of pain.

Pain & Work: Evidence Based Practice to Enhance Work Participation and Quality of Life

This course will provide participants with state-of-the-art evidence on the interplay between chronic pain and work. We will present the evidence for this along with characteristics for ‘good’ work, how leading biopsychosocial work-health integration models, their principles, and supporting evidence can be applied to clinical care, and successful examples of integration of pain care and work, including integrated workplace-based interventions to reduce pain and increase work participation, quality of life, and productivity.

Placebo and Nocebo Effects: Basic Science and Implications for Clinical Trials and Clinical Practice

During the last decade, psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying placebo and nocebo effects have been identified, and by now it is possible to outline how this knowledge may influence the design and outcome of clinical trials as well as to which extent these effects can be optimized in clinical practice in ethically appropriate ways.

The Central Amygdala in Chronic Pain – Circuit, Neuropeptides, and Nociplasticity

Evidence in human studies also suggests the involvement of the CeA in patients with chronic pain, suggesting understanding its function would have translational value to tackle the unexplored mechanisms underlying chronic nociplastic pain. This refresher course will provide you with the most updated information to understand the CeA and what makes the CeA the primary player in various forms of pain.