9th Congress of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) 2015 Vienna

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  • The 9th Congress of the European Pain Federation, EFIC® (EFIC 2015) will shine a spotlight on current trends and future developments in pain medicine. EFIC® has long been known as the European leader in the field of pain, and its European congresses harness the expertise and experience of 36 national Pain Chapters, representing more than 20,000 healthcare professionals.

    EFIC® 2015 takes place in the majestic city of Vienna, Austria from 2 – 5 September 2015, and the scientific programme will provide delegates with unmatched access to the latest knowledge and research of the world’s leading pain experts through its fascinating sessions and practical courses.

    Plenary Speakers

    • Vania Apkarian, USA: “Brain determinants of risk for pain chronification
    • Ralf Baron, Germany: “Personalized treatment in neuropathic pain: vision becomes reality
    • Luana Colloca, USA: “Placebo and Pain: An exploration of research and clinical findings
    • Liesbet Goubert, Belgium: “Toward a science and practice of resilience in the face of pain
    • Michaela Kress, Austria: “Non-​coding RNAs: novel perspectives for clinical applications
    • Andrew Moore, UK: “What makes evidence useful for everyday use?
    • Rebeccah Slater, UK: “Pain in Infancy: measurements and consequences
    • Michele Sterling, Australia: “Exercise for chronic musculoskeletal pain: update and future challenges
    • Kris Vissers, The Netherlands: “New clinical paradigms in the treatment of pain in cancer patients

    Conference Topics

    Basic Science (Anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, behaviour)

    • Animal pain models
    • Anticonvulsants
    • Antidepressants
    • Biologics /​peptides
    • Brainstem, thalamus, and cortex
    • Cannabinoids
    • Central​sensitization
    • Endogenous pain modulation
    • Gene expression
    • Human pain models
    • Imaging – animals
    • Imaging – humans
    • Interoception
    • Ion channels
    • Itch
    • Local anaesthetics
    • NSAIDs, COXIBs, acetaminophen
    • Opioids
    • Peripheral sensitization
    • Primary afferents
    • Proprioception
    • Receptors
    • Spinal cord
    • Tolerance and addiction

    Clinical pain states

    • Amputation pain
    • Arthritis
    • Complex regional pain syndromes
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Headache (Migraine)
    • Headache (Other)
    • Headache (Tension type)
    • Joint, bone, and muscle pain
    • Neck and back pain
    • Neuropathic pain
    • Orofacial pain
    • Pain and dementia
    • Pain in children
    • Pain in the elderly
    • Perioperative pain
    • Procedural pain
    • Sex specific pain
    • Visceral pain

    Human behavioural science

    • Affective modulation
    • Cognitive processes
    • Endurance-​avoidance
    • Learning processes
    • Motivational processes
    • Occupational, school, and work context
    • Pain behaviour
    • Patient health-​care provider communication
    • Perception and psychophysics
    • Placebo and expectation
    • Self and identity
    • Social cognition

    Pain treatment (conservative)

    • Acute pain /​perioperative pain – Opioids
    • Acute pain /​perioperative pain – Other
    • Anticonvulsants
    • Antidepressants
    • Cancer pain – Opioids
    • Cancer pain – Other
    • Cannabinoids
    • Complementary and alternative medicine
    • Headaches
    • Neuropathic pain
    • Novel therapeutic agents
    • NSAIDs, COX2 inhibitors and acetaminophen
    • Opioids
    • Palliative Care
    • Physiotherapy
    • Preemptive analgesia
    • Rehabilitation
    • Topical analgesics
    • Visceral pain

    Pain treatment (invasive)

    • Brain, spinal and peripheral neural stimulation
    • Nerve blocks, indwelling catheters
    • Radiofrequency blocks
    • Spinal analgesia
    • Sympathetic blocks

    Pain treatment (psychological)

    • Autonomic training
    • Cognitive-​behavioural treatment
    • Education and information
    • ehealth and mhealth delivery
    • Exposure-​based treatments
    • Family assisted treatment
    • Hypnosis
    • Interpersonal therapy
    • Mindfulness, ACT, DBT
    • Partner assisted treatment

    Multidisciplinary pain treatments

    Epidemiology, assessment, organisation of pain treatment

    • Acute pain services
    • Assessment (Other)
    • Assessment (Patient Reported Outcomes)
    • Assessment (Quantitative Sensory Testing)
    • Documentation
    • Epidemiology
    • Systematic Reviews

    Ethics, education, history, law

    • Education /​Lay
    • Education /​Professional
    • Ethics – animal research
    • Ethics – clinical practice
    • Ethics, education, history, law
    • History and philosophy of pain
    • Legal issues related to pain and pain treatment
    • Public relations

    Scientific Programme Committee

    • Chair: Christopher Eccleston (UK) – Centre for Pain Research, The University of Bath
    • Nadine Attal (France) – Centre d’Evaluations er de Traitement de la Douleur, Hôpital Ambroise Paré
    • Rae Frances Bell (Norway) – Centre for Pain Management and Regional Centre of Excellence in Palliative Care, Haukeland University Hospital
    • Ulrike Bingel (Germany) – Department of Neurology, University Hospital Essen
    • Isabelle Decosterd (Switzerland) – Pain Center, University Hospital Center and University of Laussane.
    • Ananda Fernandes (Portugal) – Nursing School of Coimbra
    • Nanna Brix Finnerup (Denmark) – Danish Pain Research Center, Aarhus University.
    • Joke A Hunfeld (The Netherlands) – Psychiatry: Medical Psychology & Psychotherapy, Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam,
    • Eija Kalso (Finland) – Pain Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki.
    • Irene Kouroukli (Greece) – Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Clinic, Hippocratio General Hospital
    • Barbara Przewlocka (Poland) – Department of Pain Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmacology, Smêtna
    • Amanda Williams (UK) – Clinical Health Psychology, University College, London

    CME/​CPD Accreditation

    European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical E​ducation (UEMS/​EACCME)

    An application has been made to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) for CME accreditation of this event.

    American Medical Association (AMA)

    Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

    Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-​EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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