Programme of the International Satellite Symposium

“Neural Circuits of Pain – IV”

Dates: 24-25 April 2022

Venue: Marriott Hotel, Vangerowstrasse 16, Heidelberg


Sunday, 24 April 2022


09:00 – 10:15                

Registration, Coffee and `Emergency´ breakfast in Foyer

10:15 – 10:20               

Welcome (Rohini Kuner, Heidelberg University, Germany) in Friedrich Hegel Room

Session 1:

Chair: Rohini Kuner, Heidelberg University

10:20 – 11:10               

John Wood, University College London, UK: Sodium channels, gate control and pain – Back to the Future!!!

11:10 – 12:00               

Ru-Rong Ji, Duke University School of Medicine, USA: Homeostatic control of pain by checkpoint inhibitors

12:00 – 13:00              

Lunch in Marriott Restaurant

13:00 – 14:00               

Poster Session in Karl Jaspers and Ernst Bloch rooms (Posters # 1-14)


Young Scientists Symposium

Session 2:

Chairs: Francisco Taberner, Institute of Neurosciences Alicante and Simon Beggs, University College London

14:00 – 14:20              

Magnus Schindehütte, University Hospital Würzburg: MR-Gangliography in Fabry disease

14:20 – 14:40              

Elisa Damo, Heidelberg University: Neuropathic pain: Characterization of adrenoceptors analgesic downstream signaling in Spinal Microglia

14:40 – 15:00              

Rangel Leal Silva, Heidelberg University: Peripheral noxious stimuli trigger cortical astrocytic Ca+2 signals through distinct pathways

15:00 – 15:20              

Carmen La Porta, Heidelberg University: The impact of psychosocial stress on inflammatory joint pain

15:20 – 15:40              

Mina Kandic, CIMH, Heidelberg University: White matter brain alterations predict chronic back pain after 6 months follow-up along categorical and dimensional approach

15:40 – 16:00              

Sheng Liu, Heidelberg University: Cellular basis for prefrontal modulation of pain by fear

16:00 – 16:30             

Coffee Break in Foyer

Session 3:

Chair: Herta Flor, Heidelberg University

16:30 – 17:20              

Eija Kalso, University of Helsinki, Finland: Sleep, pain and anxiety – the vicious circle in chronic pain

17:20 – 18:10              

Thomas Graven-Nielsen, Aalborg University, Denmark: Psychophysical and cortical effects in clinical and experimental musculoskeletal pain lasting for several days

18:10 – 19:00 

Paul Geha, University of Rochester Medical Centre, USA: Chronic pain and motivation: from behavior to the brain and back

19:00 – 21:00

Conference reception in Marriott Restaurant

Monday, 25 April 2022


Session 4:

Chair: Stefan Lechner, Heidelberg University and University of Hamburg

09:00 – 09:50               

Michaela Kress, Medical University Innsbruck, Austria: Interleukin-6 signal transducer as hub regulator of nociception

09:50 – 10:40               

Felix Viana, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain: Neuroprotection of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy by Sigma1 receptor antagonists: role of TRPA1 channels

10:40 – 11:10               

Coffee break in Foyer

Session 5:

Chair: Thomas Kuner, Heidelberg University

11:10 – 12:00               

Yves De Koninck, Laval University, Québec, Canada: Novel tools to probe pain pathways

12:00 – 13:00              

Lunch in Marriott Restaurant

13:00 – 14:00                

Poster Session in Karl Jaspers and Ernst Bloch rooms (Posters # 15-28)


Young Scientists Symposium

Session 6:

Chair: Francisco Taberner and Ana Gomis, Institute of Neurosciences Alicante

14:00 – 14:20               

Timo Nees, Heidelberg University: The molecular mechanism and physiological role of silent nociceptor activation

14:20 – 14:40               

Malika Renz, CIMH, Heidelberg University: Challenges of continuous real-time fMRI neurofeedback using multi-band accelerated echo-planar imaging and short repetition times

14:40 – 15:00               

Amrita Das Gupta, Heidelberg University: Multimodal analysis of structural plasticity of cortical grey matter volume in Chronic Pain

15:00 – 15:20               

Stephanie Küppers, CIMH, Heidelberg University: Oxytocin improves positive emotional valence to painful stimuli via action in the insular cortex

15:20 – 15:40                 

Angela Serian, CIMH, Heidelberg University: Changes in Brain Activity and Pain Inhibition as Possible Predictors for Phantom Limb Pain in Leg Amputees – a Longitudinal Study  

15:40 – 16:10              

Coffee Break in Foyer

Session 7:

Chair: Martin Schmelz, Heidelberg University

16:10 – 17:00               

Tor Wager, Dartmouth College, USA: Brain pathways related to human pain and aversion

17:00 – 17:50                 

Gregory Scherrer, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA: Neural circuits and therapeutics for the emotional and cognitive dimensions of pain experience

17:50 – 18:00                

Concluding remarks and end of meeting