Monday, September 19th
8:30am-4:30pm EDT


Sig Symposia

Social Aspects of Pain SIG Symposia

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The inaugural symposium of the IASP Social Aspects of Pain SIG (SocSIG) brings together some of the brightest minds in the field of pain research – both established and emerging – to showcase multilevel perspectives on the social foundations of pain and highlight avenues through which social aspects of pain can be harnessed to improve pain management. Reflecting the scope of social aspects of pain, the full-day program features an interdisciplinary group of basic, clinical, and translational scientists and thought-leaders presenting their latest research into intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and systemic factors underpinning the experience, expression, assessment, and/or management of pain. Social aspects of pain have historically been treated as peripheral rather than fundamental to the study and treatment of pain. The symposium will demonstrate that social processes play a defining role in the experience and expression of pain and play a crucial role in effective pain management 



8:30-9:15 – Symposium Opening

    • Amanda C de C Williams, PhD (UK): Evolutionary account of chronic pain
    • Tor Wager, PhD (USA): Social neuroscience of pain
    • Rebeccah Slater, PhD, MSc, BSc, ARSM (UK): Adverse childhood events and the developmental psychobiology of pain

10:45-11:00 – Morning Coffee Break

    • Kenneth Craig, PhD (Canada): Social communication model of pain: 50 years of research
    • Kai Karos, PhD (Belgium): Pain as a signal of social threat
    • Jeff Mogil, PhD, FCAHS, FRSC (Canada): Social modulation of pain in non-human animals

12:30-13:30 – Lunch break

    • Line Caes, PhD (UK): Pain in childhood and family dynamics
    • Claire Ashton-James, PhD (Australia): Social cohesion and sense of belonging
    • Roger Fillingim, PhD (USA): Race, ethnicity, and group identification

15:00-15:15 – Afternoon Coffee Break

    • Michael Nicholas, PhD (Australia): Pain Rehabilitation for injured workers – the influence of social policies
    • Flavia P. Kapos, PhD, DDS (USA): Socioeconomic inequities and pain over the life course
    • Owen Williamson, FRACS, FAOrthA, FFPMANZCA, FRCSC (Australia): Politics of pain: A view from the inside

16:15 – Closing Remarks

16:30 – End of Symposium