Neural Circuits of Pain – IV

International Satellite Symposium, 24-25 April 2022, Heidelberg, Germany


Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent health problems in the modern world. This conference will focus on interrogating, discussing and debating structural and functional insights into circuits and networks underlying sensory and affective components of pain and their modulation by conditions which induce structural reorganization and functional plasticity, including disease states, negative emotions and stress. Therefore, this meeting will connect global pioneers and experts with next generation troubleshooters to discover new knowledge, explore growing research, discuss latest insights and advances on neural circuits at all levels in pain pathways spanning novel data in basic science as well as clinical research. The venue of the symposium is centrally situated in the picturesque city of Heidelberg and is easily accessible via public transportation. There is sufficient time after the satellite symposium to travel to the EFIC meeting in Dublin, Ireland. To facilitate scientific exchange, we plan to limit the number of attendees to maximally 150-180, provided no additional Covid-related regulations apply.

This Satellite Symposium will be hosted by the Heidelberg Pain Consortium (Collaborative Research Centre 1158 of the German Research Foundation). In addition to invited international expert speakers, we would like to particularly give young scientists an opportunity to present their research, who will be selected on the basis of abstracts submitted. Poster presentations are also possible. We, therefore, encourage international scientists to participate and particularly encourage young doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to submit abstracts for talks.

We are excited to announce that this Satellite Symposium will be held in-person. Having gone through the various restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will provide a unique opportunity to gather once again as a community and to meet each other in-person in the beautiful city of Heidelberg.

Nevertheless, your health and safety are extremely important for us. In this meeting, we will be strictly following all COVID-19-related security and health measures and restrictions, in accordance with local and international regulations. The organizers are closely monitoring the global and local situation in relation to the COVID-19 developments. Updates will be provided on the conference website.

We welcome the international pain research community to Heidelberg!

Rohini Kuner, 
Pharmacology Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany

Herta Flor,
 Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim and Heidelberg University, Germany

Conference coordinators:
Pooja Gupta and Anne Seller, Pharmacology Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany

This Satellite Symposium is endorsed by the European Pain Federation EFIC.®