Dear Friends

Spring is in the air in most parts of Europe and I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead.  Brexit is looming large on the horizon with a lot of uncertainties as the UK Parliament is going through endless debates, but I see no such divisions in our world of pain medicine.  There are plenty of interesting meetings in the coming months including the 11th Congress of the European Pain Federation in Valencia, Spain in September.  I am outlining some of the other important events below and if I have missed out on something that is important, please do not hesitate to contact the EFIC Executive Office or me directly so that we can post future issues and use the various social media platforms to spread the message.

There had not been many meetings I attended this year so far.  The Seventh “Advances in Pain Medicine International Winter Symposium” hosted by the London Pain Forum happened in Tignes Le Lac, France; as usual the meeting brings together a group of pain clinicians who have a common interest in pain management as well as winter sports, thus making most of the best of Alpine conditions.  The meeting was opened by our own Prof Luis Garcia-Larrea, Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Pain with a superb presentation “From Nociception to Compassion: a journey through the Cortical Integration of Pain in Humans”.  There were several topics on neuromodulation “The Underworld of Sub-perception Spinal Cord Stimulation” (Dr Simon Thomson, UK) and “Advances in Peripheral Neuromodulation” (Dr Teo Gorozenuik, UK) and “Electrical Stimulation for Mechanical low back pain” (Dr Sarah Love-Jones) were some of them.  “Treatment of Neuropathic pain” (Dr William Hwang, USA) “Long-term management of Painful Diabetic Neuropathy” (Dr Ivanova-Stoilova, UK).  “Headache and Trigeminal Neuralgia” (Dr Vladimir Gorelov, UK) and “Treatment of Discogenic pain” (Dr Tony Hammond) and “Modic changes” (Dr Myelenbusch, The Netherlands) created some controversy, but interesting discussions.  “Innovations in Ultrasound techniques” and live demonstrations by Dr Athmaja Thottungal, UK was once again popular this year.  It was fascinating to listen to “Novel Focal Pain Intervention: Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulation by Micro-cautery” Dr Camilus Power (Ireland) and we discussed the need for more research into this field.

“Use of Medical Cannabis in Switzerland” Dr Christophe Perruchoud (Switzerland) “Legalisation of Cannabinoids in the UK” (Dr Arun Bhaskar) gave an overview of the changing landscape; we also teamed up and did another session on cancer pain management.  I am looking forward to the next edition in 2020.

I am attaching a list of meetings and courses below and I would give out the details of these in the upcoming issues. I look forward to seeing you at some of these meetings.

In addition to the below, you will find updates on various events and pain congresses in the EFIC meeting calendar here.

Meetings

There are several high caliber meetings during the first few days of April both in Europe and across the Atlantic as well as Down Under.

The 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Pain Society is held on 2-5 April, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Further information regarding this meeting is available on the link given below. https://www.canadianpainsociety.ca/

The Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain Congress, “From Cells to Societies: What do we not know about pain?” is held on 3-5 April, 2019 at the Konfor Hotel Karl Johan, Oslo, Norway.  The meeting boasts of several renowned speakers. Further information is available on the link given below. www.sasp2019.com

The American Pain Society Scientific Meeting: “Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Innovations in the Treatment of Pain” is around the same time 3–6 April, 2019 at the Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.  Further information is available on the link given below.
http://americanpainsociety.org/meetings-and-events/2019-scientific-meeting/2019-scientific-meeting

The 2019 World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases on 4–7 April, 2019 at the Palais des Congrès de Paris, Paris, France.  The meeting jointly organized every year by the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) and the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) debate on unresolved clinical and therapeutic dilemmas, supported by evidence-based medicine and expert opinions, on issues in the fields of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Muscles, Pain and Joint Diseases.  Further information is available on the link given below. http://www.wco-iof-esceo.org/

The 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Pain Society is held on 7-10 April, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.  The IASP Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable is the main theme of the meeting.  Further information is available on the link given below.
http://www.dcconferences.com.au/aps2019/

The British Pain Society ASM 2019 is being held at the Hilton Tower Bridge in London on 01-03 May 2019.  The meeting focuses on the multi-disciplinary aspect of Pain Management and hopefully bring together the various professionals.  For the first time, there is a cadaver course attached to the meeting for those of you who wants to improve their technique on fluoroscopy and ultrasound guided interventions for Pan Management.   I look forward to personally welcoming you for this event.  Further details of this meeting can be obtained on the following link given below. https://www.britishpainsociety.org/2019-asm-london/

7th International NeupSIG Meeting is held on 09-11 May, London Metropole Hotel, London.  This meeting brings together a wealth of expertise and Prof Andrew Rice has put together a great bunch of experts in an exciting scientific programme.  Further information is available on the link given below. https://www.eventscribe.com/2019/NeuPSIG/?navItemNumber=7796

The above meeting is shortly followed by the 4th Abdominal and Pelvic Pain World Congress organised by the Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Special Interest Group, IASP is held on 11-12 May, 2019, London, United Kingdom.  Further information is available on the link given below.
http://www.iasp-pain.org/SIG/AbdominalandPelvicPain

The 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care is held on 23–25 May, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.  Further information is available on the link given below.
http://www.eapc-2019.org

The 14th World Congress of The International Neuromodulation Society is held on 23-31 May 2019 at the Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia.  Further information is available on the link given below.
https://ins-congress.com/2019/Pages/default.aspx#.XJ1RvC2cYyk

The 42nd Congress of the Italian Association for the Study of Pain is on 6–8 June 8, 2019 in Rome, Italy.  Further information is available on the link given below. www.aisd.it

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR): “European Congress of Rheumatology” is on 12–15 June, 2019 at the IFEMA, Av. Partenón, Madrid, Spain. Further information is available on the link given below.
http://www.eular2019-madrid.org/

The 2019 ISPP – 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, is held on 16-20 June 2019 at Basel, Switzerland under the auspices of the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood.  Further information is available on the link given below. http://www.ispp2019.org

The Spine Intervention Society 2019 European Meeting is being held at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Munich, Germany 25-26 May, 2019.  Further information is available on the link given below. https://www.spineintervention.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1159734&group

The Philosophy & Ethics SIG Meeting of The British Pain Society is being held on 23-26 Jun (Sun-Wed) at Rydall Hall, Ambleside, Cumbria The Lake District.  The theme of this years’ meeting is “Exploring the Way Ahead for Pain Medicine: Caring for the Patient and the Clinician”.  Further information is available on the link given below. https://www.britishpainsociety.org/mediacentre/events/philosophy-ethics-sig-annual-meeting-24-26-june-2019/

The 5th Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN): “Neuroinflammation – Opening New Treatment Strategies for Neurological Disease” at the Norges Varemesse – Norway Convention & Exhibition Centre, Oslo, Norway on 29 June-02 July.  Further information is available on the link given below. https://www.ean.org/oslo2019/

The Spine Intervention Society Annual Meeting is being held at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York, United States of America on 14-17 August.  The meeting showcases the best evidence-based approaches and discussions for spinal interventions for pain management. https://www.spineintervention.org/page/AnnualMeeting

The 11th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC, “Pain in Europe XI: Bringing the Future to the Present” at the Feria Valencia, Valencia Spain on 04-07 September.  You will hear more about this from other columns and future issues.  Further information is available on the link given below. https://efic-congress.org/

The Pain Management Programme SIG Meeting of The British Pain Society is held on 11-12 September at the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, United Kingdom.  Further information is available on the link given below. https://www.britishpainsociety.org/mediacentre/events/pmp-sig-conference-2019/

The Annual Neuromodulation Society of the UK & Ireland Annual Scientific Meeting and Hands-on Cadaver Workshop is held at the The Aspire Conference Venue, University of Leeds at Leeds, United Kingdom on 15-17 November, 2019.  Further information is available on the link given below.  Further information is available on the link given below.
http://www.painandneuromodulationlondon.com/

The “Acute Pain and Persistent Pain After Surgery” is held at The Royal Marsden Hospital on 12-13 December, 2019 London, United Kingdom.  Further information is available on the link given below. https://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/acute-pain-and-persistent-pain-after-surgery

The 23rd North American Neuromodulation Society Annual Meeting is held on 23-26 January, 2020 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.  Further information is available on the link given below. https://neuromodulation.org/Meetings/2020AnnualMeeting.aspx

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