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During the 6 years that Pain@Otago has been a research theme there has been significant growth in the field of pain research. This event also celebrates the collaborations with communities and other researchers across New Zealand and internationally.

Event details:

Date: Friday 3rd December 2021

Venue: This will be a hybrid event held in the School of Physiotherapy, Dunedin and on Zoom.

Registration: Registration is open via Eventbrite


Opening sessions

8:30 Opening address:
Dr Ram Mani: Director, Pain@Otago Research Theme

8:45 Keynote address: Research Advances in Neuromodulation of Pain.
Professor Dirk De Ridder, Department of Surgical Sciences, School of Medicine.

9:10 Equity in pain management
Ms Cheryl Davies (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati WehiWehi), Senior Māori Researcher, Manager of the Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma and Research Trust.
Dr Hemakumar Devan, Research Fellow, University of Otago; Pain management Physiotherapist, Wellington Regional Pain Service.

Tea Break

Clinical Pain Research

10.30 Building tools and teams to improve knowledge about osteoarthritis
Associate Professor Ben Darlow, Primary Health Care and General Practice, UoO, Wellington.

10.55 Research Impact: NZ STarT Back Research Programme
Professor David Baxter and Dr Cathy Chapple. Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR), School of Physiotherapy, UoO.

11.15 Why do some develop nociplastic pain and others don't?”
Dr Jacqui Clark, Pain and Brains

Rapid fire: Early Career Research Spotlight

11.35 Rapid Fire presentations

Developmental Factors in Paediatric Chronic Pain
Amanda Meys, Masters Research, Auckland University of Technology

Long-Term Outcomes and Prognostic Factors in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Shari Cave, Masters Research, The University of Auckland

Consumer involvement in musculoskeletal research – lessons from a survey of Aotearoa/New Zealand musculoskeletal researchers
Jaquille Haribhai-Thompson, Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington

Does poor sleep quality lead to increased low back pain the following day?
Edel O'Hagan, PhD Candidate, Centre for Pain IMPACT, Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Prince of Wales Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Do measures of sensitisation predict ecological momentary assessments of pain, function, psychosocial and sleep outcomes in people with knee osteoarthritis? A study protocol.
Mark Overton, PhD Candidate, School of Physiotherapy.

EEG Neurofeedback Training for Pain Management in People With Knee Osteoarthritis: A Pilot, Feasibility Randomised Control Clinical Trial.
Jerin Mathew, PhD Candidate, School of Physiotherapy

Reliability and validity of movement-evoked pain in patients with subacromial shoulder pain: a study protocol
Tim Wang, PhD Candidate, School of Physiotherapy

Development and clinimetric evaluation of the AxEL (Attitude toward Education and advice for Low-back-pain) Questionnaire.
Edel O'Hagan, PhD Candidate, Centre for Pain IMPACT, Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Prince of Wales Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Detection of sensitization phenomena at disease-related acupoints in patients with chronic low back pain: a matched-sample cross-sectional study.
Huijuan Tan, PhD Candidate, School of Physiotherapy

12:30 Lunch break

Emerging Researchers Session

1.00 From local to global: improving musculoskeletal health
Dr Saurab Sharma, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Pain IMPACT, NeuRA

1.20 Understanding pain in IBD
Dr Carrie Falling, Lecturer & Research Fellow, CHARR, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago

1.40 Breathing and Pain in the Brain
Dr Olivia Harrision, Rutherford Discovery Research Fellow, University of Otago

2.00 Neuromodulation for low back pain
Dr Divya Adhia, Research Fellow, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago

Clinical Pain Research (Part 2)

2.30 Orofacial Pain: Pathophysiological aspects of masticatory muscle pain
Professor Mauro Farella, School of Dentistry

2.50 Managing people with osteoarthritis: more tools for the toolbox
Dr Cathy Chapple, CHARR, School of Physiotherapy

3.10 The Otago Shoulder Health (OtShoH) project: patient education and self-management for patients with rotator cuff related shoulder pain.
Associate Professor Gisela Sole, CHARR, School of Physiotherapy

Afternoon break

3:50 Pre-clinical research: Pain diagnostics and management
Chair: A/P Rajesh Katare

3.50 Neuropeptides and migraine
Professor Debbie Hay, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Otago

4.10 Preclinical development of safer non-addictive pain pharmacotherapies
Dr Bronwyn Kivell, School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington

4:30 Rapid fire: Early Career Research Spotlight (Part 2)

CGRP blocking drugs for migraine: towards a better understanding of mechanisms of action.

Dr Michael Garelja PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Otago, Dunedin

Understanding the Pharmacological Profile of PACAP-responsive Receptors in the Spinal Cord.

Zoe Tasma, PhD, Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

CGRP and the AMY1 receptor: Identifying Targets for Migraine and craniofacial pain
Tayla Rees, PhD Candidate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland.

4:45 Closing remarks and Rapid Fire award


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