Explainer – what is pain?

This is an expanded and re-targeted version of the original piece, 'Explainer-What is Pain', published in The Conversation. ‘..if someone has a pain in his hand, then the hand does not say so ….. one does not comfort the hand, but the sufferer: one looks into his face.’ Wittgenstein 1953[1] ‘So what is pain?’ It might seem like an easy question – … [Read more...]

How different cultures experience and talk about pain

Roland Sussex, The University of Queensland   Many things contribute to how we experience and express pain. Gender, age, education, socioeconomic status, the relative power of the participants in the conversation, and whether the person in pain is speaking in their mother tongue or another language all affect a person’s experience of … [Read more...]

EP3 AND PainAdelaide April 2016

EP3 By the sea... Adelaide, Australia, 1-3 April 2016 AND PainAdelaide 2016, 4 April 2016 Five speakers to ignite your senses. Four days to learn, connect and be inspired. One unique Festival of Pain. What could be better than four days of pain-dedicated cutting edge education and learning? Prof Frank Keefe 
Prof Giandomenico … [Read more...]

Need a reason for a trip to Southern France next May?

Well now you have found one. The Biennial congress of NeuPSIG - the Neuropathic Pain special interest group of the IASP, is meeting in May in Nice. As a member of the Scientific Programme Committee, I can honestly declare that (i) I reckon we have a top shelf line up of speakers and sessions, including debates that we know can get a bit fiery, … [Read more...]

Ebola and the viral spread of information

Ebola is increasingly in the news with much information - and misinformation - in the media. The following are extracts adapted from two blog posts by Symplur [1,2], who are not only following the spread of information about this disease, but also looking at whether organisations and people who know much about Ebola are able to influence this … [Read more...]

Dr Andrew Moore on Evidence and Pain

The second of three keynote speaker interviews by Australian Pain Society at their annual conference: Dr Andrew Moore on evidence and pain and the effectiveness of certain types of drugs. Dr Andrew Moore is Director of Pain Research, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford, and Chairman of the International Association for the … [Read more...]

The Gruffalo’s Trial and some blatant advertising

The following blog is an adapted editorial that I published earlier this year in the journal – Pain and Rehabilitation: The Journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA). The journal has been on the go for over 20 years and was started by the late Louis Gifford who was a founder member of the PPA. I am currently the Editor-in-chief of this … [Read more...]

PhD researchers of the world, unite and take over!

PhD researchers often have a struggle to get their work (in progress) onto the stage of an international congress. Indeed, places on stage of the large international pain congresses are limited, and they are traditionally allocated to the leaders in the field.  The first colloquium in the world to focus on PhD researchers in the field of pain … [Read more...]

Do brain changes really contribute to persistent low back pain?

If you’ve recently attended a pain conference, had a glass of wine with a pain boffin or spent time googling ‘pain’ you’ve no doubt come across the terms ‘neuroplasticity’ and ‘central sensitization’. These buzzwords are increasingly used to describe biological changes that might contribute to persistent low back pain. But do they really explain … [Read more...]

Could pain science be becoming fashionable? WCPT announces successful symposia.

The World Congress on Physical Therapy, which will be held in Singapore next May, has just announced the successful proposals for symposia. There were, apparently, a very large number of submissions. However, an intriguing thing has happened - 20% of symposiums are focussed on pain. At first glance, one might think - only 20%? However, if that is … [Read more...]