Associate Professor


Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience


King's College London


United Kingdom

Dr. Kirsty Bannister


Kirsty Bannister is an Associate Professor at King’s College London. Her specialty field is the central modulation of pain with a specific focus on the functionality of inhibitory controls in the descending pain modulatory system and their forward translation to the human domain (experimental and clinical). Based on the knowledge that most chronic pain sufferers do not receive adequate pain relief, she ultimately wishes to contribute to the development of novel therapies that offer an improved analgesic profile by gaining a deeper understanding of pain circuitry functionality.
Her funders include the MRC, Academy of Medical Sciences, Parkinson’s UK and the NC3Rs. Kirsty has published more than 40 articles on pain circuit functionality and descending modulatory controls and she fulfils associate editor roles for Pain, Pain Reports and British Journal of Pharmacology among others. In 2022 Kirsty was awarded the IASP Patrick D Wall prize for Pain Basic Science research.


Monday, September 19, 2022

1:00pm EDT4:30pm EDT

Nociception and Neuroplasticity: Peripheral and Central Mechanisms

Categories: Refresher Course
Room: 601 B

The peripheral and central nervous systems work in concert to alert us to touch and/or painful stimulation. Peripheral inflammatory mediators…

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

4:30pm EDT6:00pm EDT

News from the Brainstem: Functional Plasticity in Noradrenergic Nuclei Upon Stress and Injury

Tracks: Basic Science
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 716 B

Multiple lines of evidence demonstrate that one important mechanism underpinning chronic pain is dysfunction of brainstem-origin noradrenergic-control pathways encompassed by…

Friday, September 23, 2022

1:30pm EDT3:00pm EDT

Conditioned Pain Modulation (CPM): To Be or Not To Be?

Tracks: Assessment, Diagnosis & Measurement Of Pain
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 717 A

This house believes that conditioned pain modulation (CPM) is a useful tool for research and clinical work. This is based…