Neuro-Immune Interactions in Chronic Pain – A Topical Overview

Monday, September 19th
1:00pm4:30pm EDT

About the Session


  • Camilla Svensson, PhD (Sweden)
  • Franzisk Denk, PhD, (UK)
  • Janne Gierthmühlen, Prof. Dr. med. (Germany)


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, such as macrophages and microglia, but will also introduce attendees to recent topical ideas and findings:

  • Should pain researchers understand more about stromal cell immunology, given that fibroblasts drive chronic inflammation in many diseases?
  • Are we at risk of forgetting the early pain literature on the autonomic nervous system, which could be a crucial player in neuro-immune communication?
  • What do we need to know about auto-antibodies to make sense of pain in auto-immune disease?