Thomas Graven-Nielsen
Professor, Institut for Medicin og Sundhedsteknologi
Professor, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet
Center for Sanse-Motorisk Interaktion
Pain and Motor System Plasticity
Centerleder, Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain
Foto: Lars Horn / Baghuset 
Dato: 18.01.22

Professor and Director


Health Science and Technology


Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), Aalborg University



Prof. Thomas Graven-Nielsen


Thomas Graven-Nielsen acquired his PhD within Biomedical Science and Engineering in 1997 (Aalborg University, Denmark). In 2006 he obtained a Doctoral degree in Medical Science (DMSc, Copenhagen University). He is Director at Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), Aalborg University, Denmark (since 2015), and Full Professor in Pain Neuroscience since 2008. The Danish National Research Foundation funds CNAP. The research focuses on translational studies of musculoskeletal pain bridging the gap between basic animal findings and clinical manifestations of pain. The scope is to identify and modulate key features of human pain neuroplasticity leading to prevention of maladaptive neuroplasticity and promote advantageous neuroplasticity. Development of pain models, bio-markers, and assessment technologies are key biomedical tools for the translational studies. Thomas has published 345+ peer-reviewed scientific papers (H-index: 66) and received several awards, most notably the Knight of the Order of Dannebrog (2020). Advocacy for pain research has been a cornerstone activity.


Monday, September 19, 2022

8:30am EDT12:00pm EDT

Cortical Signatures in Pain Conditions

Categories: Refresher Course
Room: 701 A

Discrete pain processing pathways are regulated differentially according to the cognitive status of the individual. In this refresher course the…

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

Mechanisms and Manifestations in Musculoskeletal Pain – From Experimental to Clinical Pain Settings

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Room: Plenary Room Level 800

Musculoskeletal pain is extremely frequent, a major socio-economic burden, and contemporary treatment is inadequate. Acute musculoskeletal pain presents with localised…

Thursday, September 22, 2022

10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

Phenotyping Pain Mechanisms in Low Back Pain: Modulatory Factors and Clinical Utility

Tracks: Specific Pain Conditions/Pain In Specific Populations
Categories: Topical Workshop, Virtual Program
Room: 718 A

Treatment success for back pain patients without curable pathophysiological or pathoanatomical cause, is limited by imprecise mechanistic assessment in clinical…

4:30pm EDT6:00pm EDT

Large-Scale Studies Elucidating Pain and Sensitivity in a Life-Course

Tracks: Assessment, Diagnosis & Measurement Of Pain
Categories: Topical Workshop
Room: 714 A

The pain system undergoes structural and functional adaptation during the life course. Important stages during the life span may either…