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


Sig Symposia

Pain, Mind, and Movement SIG Symposium

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The SIG on Pain, Mind & Movement is delighted to present a Symposium on the IASP World Congress on Pain 2022. The Symposium’s theme has been developed to align with the 50th anniversary of IASP. The symposium will blend knowledge and expertise from both high-income and low- and middle-income countries. Presentations will address broader topics on how the brain, mind, behavior and movement influence pain and disability. This will be an inspiring multidisciplinary event to learn lessons from the past, review current evidence (present), and discuss/set future directions. It is important to highlight that this symposium will foster communication between researchers, clinicians and patients to drive research and stimulate international study and collaborations. The unique format supports presentations from our members, including short oral presentations and clinical workshops with a clear clinical focus within an evidence-based perspective, but with little lecturing and the emphasis on skills training, case studies, demonstrations, etc. Two world-experts will present keynote lectures, one on pain mechanisms and one on pain treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Encourage integration between basic and clinical research on how mind and movement influence pain and disability,
  2. Foster communication between researchers, clinicians and patients to drive research and stimulate international collaboration,
  3. Discuss how knowledge on pain has evolved in recent years and the next steps for the future.




8:30 – Symposium Begins

8:30 – Opening Remarks

8:40 – Clinical Workshop 1:

  • Presenter: Tamar Pincus, Steven Linton, Melanie Noel, Noa Ben Ami
    Validation, Reassurance, And Behavioural Change: How Can Non-Psychologists Best Deliver?

10:00 – Flash Talk Oral Presentations

  • Presenter: Rosa Andias
    Effectiveness of blended-learning pain neuroscience education and exercise in community adolescents with chronic neck pain- a randomized controlled trial with 6-month follow-up
  • Presenter: Katie A. Butera
    Characterizing movement-evoked pain responses to functional tasks in a sample of adults with low back pain
  • Presenter: Jessica Fernandez
    Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT) was More Effective than Core Exercises (CE) in Reducing Pain and Improving Specific Functionality in Patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Presenter: Wouter Van Bogaert
    The mediating role of pain cognitions and sensory function on the treatment effect of perioperative pain neuroscience education in patients with lumbar radiculopathy

10:40 – 11:00 – Morning Coffee Break

11.00 – Clinical Workshop 2

  • Presenter: Eva Huysmans
    The lifestyle approach to chronic pain: integrating stress, sleep and nutritional management in the multimodal rehabilitation of chronic pain

12:20 – Discussion

12:20-13:20 – Lunch break

13.20 – Keynote Presentation

  • Presenter: Prof. Catherine Bushnell, PhD (USA)
    The Brain’s Role in Perceiving, Modifying, and Managing Pain: State of the Art

14.00-15.00 – Flash Talk Oral Presentation

  • Presenter: Arthur Woznowski-Vu
    Sensitivity to physical activity: underlying processes, prognostic value, and association with momentary pain-related measures in daily life
  • Presenter: Keith Smart
    Pain as a ‘threshold concept’ in undergraduate physiotherapy curricula?
  • Presenter: Tasha Stanton
    “I’d rather it now and with less effort”: exploring delay and effort-based discounting in chronic pain
  • Presenter: Eva Huysmans
    Sex and pain characteristics influence the effectiveness of preoperative pain neuroscience education in people undergoing total knee arthroplasty: secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial
  • Presenter: Nathan Hutting
    A practical approach in person-centered self-management support in musculoskeletal pain conditions.

15:00-15:20 – Afternoon Coffee Break

15.20 – Keynote Presentation

  • Presenter: Prof. Francis Keefe, PhD (USA)
    The Psychosocial Treatment of Chronic Pain: Where it Started, How it’s Going, and What’s on the Horizon

16:00 – Priority Setting Discussion

16:25 – Closing Remarks

16.30 – End Symposium