About the Session
Pain and Placebo SIG Symposium
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: Opening Remarks
9:40 – Fabrizio Benedetti (Italy, Switzerland): The Nocebo Effect: How Pain is Generated from Nothing
10:05 – Tor Wager (USA): Predicting Individual Differences in Placebo Analgesia from Brain and Genetics
10:30 – Luana Colloca (USA): Predicting Individual Differences in Placebo Effects directly in Patients Populations
10:55-11:10 Morning Coffee Break
11.10 – Lene Vase (Denmark): How May Knowledge of Placebo and Nocebo Mechanisms Inform Clinical Trials
11.35 – Christian Buechel (Germany): Expectation Effects in Pain: Predictors and Mechanisms
12.00 – Ulrike Bingel (Germany): Neurobiological Mechanisms of Nocebo Effects in Pain
12:25-13:25 Lunch break
13:25 – Andrea Evers (Netherlands): Expectancies and Counterconditioning to Change Nocebo Effects in Pain.
13.50 – Ben Colagiuri (Australia): From me to you: exploring social transmission of nocebo effects
14.15 – Sigrid Elsenbruch (Germany): Placebo and Nocebo Effects in Visceral Pain
14:40-15:00 Afternoon Coffee Break
15.00 – Winfried Rief (Germany): Changing Patient’s Expectation in Pain and Depression
15.25 – Julia Schmitz (Germany): Can Positive Treatment Expectancies Reduce Clinical Back Pain in Patients with
Chronic Back Pain?
15.50 – Damien Finniss (Australia): Transitional Placebo Effects: From the Hospital to the Community Setting.
16:15 – Closing Remarks
16:30 – End of Symposium