For over 25 years, the European Pain Federation has been bringing together the most recognised experts in the field of pain science to exchange knowledge, ideas and the latest advances in the field. 2020 has been a challenging year, not least of all for education. To meet the needs of the pain community in 2020, the European Pain Federation is organising its first Virtual Pain Education Summit on 6-8 November 2020.
Inge Arnts is working as a Nurse Specialist in chronic pain since 2011 in the Radboud Expertise Centre
for Pain and Palliative Medicine of the Radboud university, Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Her specific
experience include the guidance and care of the spinal cord stimulation and motor cortex
stimulation group. This include chronic pain patients with typical neuropathic pain.
She is invited more times as a speaker for national nursing care congresses in acute and chronic pain
She is involved in specific studies for spinal cord stimulation and motor cortex stimulation.
Born in Tipperary however educated and worked in the UK prior to returning to Ireland in 1999. Following many years as a Community Nursing Sister in Birmingham UK and working in the community for an inner city hospice, I returned to Ireland remaining in the field of palliative care. I became a nurse educator in 2003 and have worked as alecturer in University of Limerick since 2006 where I have continued to contribute to the field of palliative care in research and publication. I enjoy making a difference to practice through education and research and one of my career highlights was receiving the Univserity of Limerick award for Excellence in Teaching.
Kirsty Bannister graduated from UCL in 2003 with a BSc in Pharmacology (first class honours) before completing a Master of Research and subsequent PhD in Epigenetics at Imperial College London. In 2008 Kirsty began a post-doctoral placement back at UCL in the Neuropharmacology of Pain laboratory, investigating neural and pharmacological systems that sub-serve pain transmission and modulation in the spinal cord and brain. Kirsty joined King’s College London in the autumn of 2017 on a permanent basis as a Lecturer in Neuropharmacology, and Principal Investigator. Her interests remain investigating descending mechanisms of pain control in both normal and pathological conditions, and how to translate basic science to the patient. Kirsty has authored 24 refereed publications and has led multiple symposia at international meetings including the World Congress on Pain, European Pain Federation EFIC, Pain Mechanisms and Therapeutics, and The Physiological Society. In 2017 Kirsty won the EFIC IBSA publication award for her original research article ‘An investigation into the inhibitory function of serotonin in DNIC’.
Fabrizio Benedetti, MD is Professor of Neurophysiology and Human Physiology at the University of Turin Medical School, Turin, Italy, and Director of Medicine and Physiology of Hypoxia at Plateau Rosà, Switzerland. He has been nominated member of The Academy of Europe and of the European Dana Alliance for the Brain. He is author of the book Placebo Effects (Oxford University Press, 3rd Edition, 2020), which received the Medical Book Award of the British Medical Association.
Mike Bennett is the St Gemma’s Professor of Palliative Medicine and is Director of the Academic Unit of Palliative Care. The Academic Unit is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary research and teaching unit based at the University of Leeds and St Gemma’s Hospice, UK. He qualified from University of Birmingham in 1988 and completed an MD (doctoral thesis) in 1999 resulting in the LANSS Pain Scale, an internationally used tool for identifying neuropathic pain. In 2017, he secured formal University Teaching Hospice status for St Gemma’s Hospice (first in the
UK) where he works clinically 2 days per week.
His main research interests are in cancer pain and neuropathic pain, and evaluating interventions at the end of life. He currently leads an £2.2m NIHR Programme Grant and a £1.4m Yorkshire Cancer Research Programme Grant focused on early integration of palliative care and better pain management for cancer patients. Since taking up his post in Leeds, he has generated over £9.5m in research grants and awards. He has published over 200 papers in scientific journals. He chaired the Cancer Pain SIG for the International Association for the Study of Pain and chaired the NCRI Palliative and Supportive Care Clinical Studies Group from 2008 to 2014, and chaired the NICE guideline evidence review on Opioids in Palliative Care.
He led the writing of Core Standards for Cancer Pain which are now adopted into the NHS and form part of the CQC inspection framework, and led the writing of the cancer pain taxonomy for ICD-11 as part of the IASP task force. He co-leads an EFIC task force on European standards for cancer pain management. He co-edited the book ‘Practical Management of complex cancer pain’ which won the BMA Book of the Year in 2015. He has chaired various organizing and scientific committees for international conferences of the European Association for Palliative Care.
Nina Bohm Starke is a gynecologist and clinical researcher at the Karolinska Institutet, the largest and most renowned academic medical research center in Sweden. Her research has focused largely on the biological, psychological, and treatment modalities associated with vulvodynia. She is internationally recognized for her contributions in this field. In her clinical work she is in charge of the vulvar clinic at the department, taking care of patients with vulvovaginal disorders.
Specialist in Pain Medicine and specialist in Anesthesia. Grandparent of European Diploma in Pain Medicine. Director of Institute of Pain Medicine, at Tel Aviv Medical Center Past-President of Israel Pain association and Councilor for Israel at European Pain Federation. Member of the Board of EDPM.
Research interests: Cannabinoids for pain management, Invasive procedure for pain, Psychological aspects of chronic pain patient.
Susan Broekmans has a bachelor and Master degree in Nursing. Since 2001 she’s working as a clinical
nurse specialist in the University Hospital Leuven and the Center for Pain Management and Algology
(Belgium). In 2011 she successfully defended her PhD on medication adherence in patients with chronic non-malignant pain.
Besides her clinical job, she coordinates the education for specialized pain nurses in Leuven (Belgium). She participated in the task force to develop the Core Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Nursing.
Juanita M.J. Cheuk-ALam, MSc, RN is a nurse practitioner, a teacher and researcher. She currently medically assists and coordinates the Acute Pain Service of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is an active member of the research department of Anesthesiology and focuses on acute postoperative pain management, new techniques in treatment, assessment of pain in elderly people and trauma patients with complex pain Juanita believes that promoting excellence and advancement of expertise is the baseline for quality of ‘paincare’. She lectures early recognition and assessment of pain and multimodal treatment based on the biopsychosocial approach in general and in (fragile) elderly at Erasmus Academy, the Rotterdam University of applied sciences and the HAN University of applied sciences.
Daniel Ciampi de Andrade is a professor since 2013 at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. He did his training in pain care and research at the USP and in Paris, France (APHP/INSERM). He coordinates the Multidisciplinary Pain Center from the neurology department at the USP since 2010, where he is dedicated to pain research, pain education and patient care.
His lines of research are clinically-oriented, focusing on pain in neurological diseases, and novel pain treatments such as non-invasive brain stimulation. Also, the heads the League Against Pain, a pain
outpatient clinic specifically dedicated for health-provider students willing to be acquainted with chronic pain patients. Also, he has inaugurated in 2013 the first 12-month residency program for neurologists and neurosurgeons interested to specialize in pain management after their regular their medical residency training.
Since 2005 I work as a clinical psychologist at the chronic pain ward of the university hospitals of Leuven in Belgium, led by professor Bart Morlion. I am trained as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist and performed my doctoral thesis on the role of early adversities in fibromyalgia patients.
Felicia is the past Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Pain and Palliative Care Forum and a Co-Editor of the British Journal of Pain.
Felicia is on the editorial board of a number of journals including the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Pain: Clinical Updates and is an Officer of IASP Acute Pain Special Interest Group. She has published over 60 peer reviewed publications plus books and chapters together with e-learning modules on pain and medicine safety.
She is an Honorary Lecturer at King’s College London, Honorary Tutor at the University of Cardiff and also teaches at a number of other HEIs. Felicia enjoys teaching and has been actively involved in a number of educational campaigns to heighten awareness of pain in varied settings and in diverse patient populations.
Her clinical and research interests include pain assessment, pain after surgery, persistent post-surgical pain and procedural pain. Felicia was awarded Honorary Membership of the British Pain Society in 2015 and in 2017 was awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.
Geert Crombez, Ph.D., is Professor of Health psychology in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Ghen