Monday, September 19th
9:30am-5:30pm EDT


Sig Symposia

Pain and Placebo SIG Symposium

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This symposium showcases the most recent advances in the area of placebo research. Placebo research has played an important role in the development of our understanding of how placebo effects influence pain and treatment outcomes (e.g. patient-provider communication, conditioning). We will highlight specific psychoneurobiological pathways that have been demonstrated to alter pain and treatment effects. The symposium includes 12 presentations from worldleading speakers in the placebo field whose research advances upon current understanding
of the way in which placebo and nocebo effects work and which neurobiological and psychological mechanisms play a role. Moreover, the most recent insights into clinical practice and recommendations are discussed.



9:30 – Symposium Begins

9:30 – Andrea Evers, PhD (Netherlands): Opening Remarks

9:40 – Fabrizio Benedetti, MD, PhD (Italy, Switzerland): The Nocebo Effect: How Pain is Generated from Nothing (Pre-Recorded)

10:05 – Tor Wager, PhD (USA): Predicting Individual Differences in Placebo Analgesia from Brain and Genetics

10:30 – Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS (USA): Predicting Individual Differences in Placebo Effects directly in Patients Populations

10:55-11:10 Morning Coffee Break

11.10 – Lene Vase, Msc, PhD, DMSc (Denmark): How May Knowledge of Placebo and Nocebo Mechanisms Inform Clinical Trials
and Practice?

11.35 – Christian Buechel, MD (Germany): Expectation Effects in Pain: Predictors and Mechanisms

12.00 – Ulrike Bingel, MD, PhD (Germany): Neurobiological Mechanisms of Nocebo Effects in Pain

12:25-13:25 Lunch break

13:25 – Andrea Evers, PhD (Netherlands): Expectancies and Counterconditioning to Change Nocebo Effects in Pain.

13.50 – Ben Colagiuri, PhD (Australia): From me to you: exploring social transmission of nocebo effects (Pre Recorded)

14.15 – Sigrid Elsenbruch, PhD (Germany): Placebo and Nocebo Effects in Visceral Pain

14:40-15:00 Afternoon Coffee Break

15.00 – Winfried Rief, PhD (Germany): Changing Patient’s Expectation in Pain and Depression

15.25 – Julia Schmitz, PhD (Germany): Can Positive Treatment Expectancies Reduce Clinical Back Pain in Patients with
Chronic Back Pain?

16:15 – Closing Remarks

16:30 End of Symposium