Virtual Program

The World Congress Virtual Program will provide access to select areas of the scientific programming available in person.

Virtual Program Attendees will have access to:

  • The President's Address
  • All Plenary Lectures
  • Select Topical Workshops
  • Select Basic and Clinical Sessions
  • Poster Sessions
  • Exhibitors
  • Attendee Networking
  • Post-Congress Webinars

Virtual attendees will have the opportunity to gain CME credits for available sessions.

If you're unable to attend in-person, the virtual program is an excellent way to take part in World Congress, the largest global gathering of pain professionals.

VIRTUAL PROGRAM (1500 × 1500 px) (1)

Available Virtual Programs

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Time
8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

John J. Bonica Award Lecture: “Central Sensitization: Clinical Utility of a Physiological Concept for ICD-11 and Nociplastic Pain”

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

The physiological concept of „central sensitization“ refers to a leftward shift of the stimulus-response functions of nociceptive neurons in the…

10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

The Future of Psychological Assessment and Treatment is Wholly ‘Digital’

Tracks: Novel Experimental/Analytic Approaches/Tools
Categories: Topical Workshop, Virtual Program
Room: 718 A

Covid-19 has accelerated the adoption of telemedicine and Digital Therapeutics (DTx) for use in chronic pain. The conversation has changed…

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

Peripheral Neuroimmune Interactions Drive Itch and Inflammation

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

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is the most common chronic itch disorder and affects ~10% of people worldwide. AD is an inflammatory…

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

Sex, Gender and Pain: Past, Present and Future

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

There are differences between men and women in the perception and experience of pain. Women generally experience more pain across…

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…

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time
8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

Cytokines and Pain

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

The session addresses bidirectionally crosstalk of immune cells with neurons along the pain pathway and how and these interactions are…

8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

John D. Loeser Award Lecture: The Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Is Now 40 Years Old: Time for a Reappraisal?

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

The biopsychosocial model of pain has been generally credited with providing a unifying perspective for clinicians and researchers in extending…

10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

What’s New in Combination Pharmacotherapy for Neuropathic Pain? From Bench to Bedside

Tracks: Treatment/Management
Categories: Topical Workshop, Virtual Program
Room: 718 A

Laura Stone will illustrate the therapeutic potential of combination pharmacotherapy by highlighting – with recent examples – additive and synergistic…

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…

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

The Genesis of the Unequal Burden of Pain: A Selective Review Examining Social Inequities and Unheard Voices

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

Title: The Genesis of the Unequal Burden of Pain: A Selective Review Examining Social Inequities and Unheard Voices Author:…

4:30pm EDT6:00pm EDT

Mechanisms of Susceptibility/Resistance to Chronic Pain Development

Tracks: Mechanisms
Categories: Topical Workshop, Virtual Program
Room: 718 A

Basic and clinical chronic pain research has been focused on the individuals that manifest pain and on the mechanisms sustaining…

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Time
8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

Neuroimaging of Pain and Affect: Pathways, Biomarkers, and Interventions

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Prof. Tor D. Wager
Room: Plenary Room Level 800

Pain and related forms of affect are central to human life. Their experience defines our wellbeing, and the brain processes…

8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

Ronald Melzack Award Lecture: Mosaic of “Pain Genes” and Biological Pathways Contributing to Human Pain

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Dr. Luda Diatchenko
Room: Plenary Room Level 800

The molecular pathophysiology of chronic pain is largely unknown. The genetic and molecular studies of human pain can nevertheless provide…

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…

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

Lessons for Clinicians and Researchers Across the Lifespan: What Acute Pain Research With Young Children Can Teach Us All

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

Despite centuries of research focused on elucidating answers regarding pain, research continues to progress without a definitive essential definition. Using…

2:00pm EDT3:15pm EDT

Neuronal Interactions With Microbes in Pain and Host Defense

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Isaac Chiu
Room: Plenary Room Level 800

The sensory nervous system is constantly exposed to microbes at barrier tissues such as the skin and gut. We and…

4:30pm EDT6:00pm EDT

Molecular Pathophysiology of Pain Resolution

Tracks: Genetics
Categories: Topical Workshop, Virtual Program
Room: 718 A

The molecular pathophysiology of chronic pain states is largely unknown. The genetic and molecular studies of pain in both humans…

Friday, September 23, 2022

Time
8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

Nonopioid Analgesics Discovery and the Valley of Death – EMA401 from Concept to Clinical Trial

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Prof. Maree T. Smith
Room: Plenary Room Level 800

Success in translating promising preclinical efficacy data for molecules from novel non-opioid analgesics discovery programs to positive clinical trial outcomes…

8:15am EDT9:30am EDT

William D. Willis, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. Memorial Lecture Award: Using Molecular Profiling to Understand Heterogeneity of Nociceptors

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Prof. Patrik Ernfors
Room: Plenary Room Level 800

Distinct types of sensory neurons have unique contributions to somatosensation and pain. A comprehensive classification of sensory neurons is crucial…

10:45am EDT12:15pm EDT

The Intersection of Trauma and Pain: Translation across Children, Adults, and Animals

Tracks: Pain In Special Populations
Categories: Topical Workshop, Virtual Program
Room: 718 A

Painful experiences (e.g. surgeries, injuries) can be traumatic for individuals of any age, but adverse experiences and trauma in early…

1:30pm EDT3:00pm EDT

Introducing Optical Imaging Advances to Unravel Chronic Pain Mechanisms

Tracks: Imaging: Pain Imaging And Neuroimaging
Categories: Topical Workshop, Virtual Program
Room: 718 A

Despite important advances in identifying molecular mechanisms in nociceptive sensitization, we are still far from treating pain disorders adequately. A…

3:15pm EDT4:30pm EDT

Elucidating Pain Mechanism with Venom-Derived Peptides and Natural Toxins: What Doesn’t Kill You Might Treat Your Pain

Categories: Plenary Lecture, Virtual Program
Presented By: Dr. Irina Vetter
Room: Plenary Room Level 800

Pain following envenomation is a well-known phenomenon: touching a nettle, stepping on a bee or becoming wrapped in jellyfish tentacles…