Associate Professor


Department of Health Science and Technology


Aalborg University



Kristian Kjaer Petersen

MSc, PhD, DMSc.

Dr. Petersen has a long-term mission to develop the concept of “Personalized Mechanistic Pain Medicine” to provide the correct treatment for the right patient in a fast, evidence-based, and safe manner. Specifically, Dr. Petersen studies factors that modulate pain mechanisms and aims to target these mechanisms using tailored interventions to provide pain relief for patients with chronic pain.
Dr. Petersen holds a Ph.D. (2014) and a DMSc. (2021) with focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms for pain in osteoarthritis, and how these mechanisms can predict the response to standard pain treatments. Dr. Petersen is an early career researcher (age: 36) who have published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers on pain mechanisms with a focus on osteoarthritis and 4 book chapters within the area of pain assessments and predicting outcomes after pharmaceutical interventions and surgery.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

4:30pm EDT6:00pm EDT

A Translational Approach to Mechanistic-Based Pain Medicine

Tracks: Assessment, Diagnosis & Measurement Of Pain
Categories: Topical Workshop, Virtual Program
Room: 718 A

The number-needed-to-treat (NNT) for most pharmaceutical therapies remains high. This could be explained by the non-selective manner with which chronic…

Thursday, September 22, 2022

4:30pm EDT6:00pm EDT

Pain in Osteoarthritis

Tracks: Specific Pain Conditions/Pain In Specific Populations
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 718 B

Osteoarthritis is prevalent, and the prevalence is expected to increase in future due to increasing level of obesity and increasing…

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…