#EFIC2022 Plenary Sessions

As #EFIC2022 will be a hybrid meeting – meaning that it will take place in real life but also enable remote participation – the two main themes of this congress are Pain & Its Comorbidities and Digitalised Services in Pain Management. Each #EFIC2022 plenary session consists of 3-4 talks, bridging basic and clinical research. The presentations are followed by a panel discussion with the speakers and the chair.

Sleep and Pain

This session will focus on the crucial role of sleep in health and well-being where the glymphatic system has also emerged as an important player. It will also elucidate how sleep can be managed and monitored, using also modern digitalized systems, in a patient with pain.

Depression and Pain

Depression is a common comorbidity in a patient who suffers from chronic pain. In this session we will learn about the origins of this comorbidity, both its basic mechanisms and also through clinical research on patients. 

DIGITALISED SERVICES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PAIN AND COMORBIDITIES

Digitalised services are taking an important role in health care, a process that was significantly developed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This session will address both the huge possibilities in health care in general and in pain management in particular.

NEW RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES IN PAIN MANAGEMENT

Randomised and controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses have become the gold standard of clinical research. However, even these methods have caveats and they cannot be used to answer questions related to rare diseases or consider the huge individual variability in treatment responses. New research methods are clearly needed. This session discusses the possibilities of single case studies and the use of very large data sets that biobanks and various registries offer.

NOVEL TOOLS FOR PAIN RELIEF IN THE 2020s

The currently available pharmacological and other methods provide only a minority of chronic pain patients with efficacious pain relief without adverse effects. New tools are needed. This session discusses how stem cells can be used in drug discovery, the systemic neurotransmitter responses to CNS drugs, and how biologics can alleviate pain.

FROM PERIPHERAL NOCICEPTORS TO BRAIN PLASTICITY

What is the role of peripheral nociceptors in acute and chronic pain and how does the brain respond to long-lasting nociceptive information from the periphery? Does silencing of the peripheral nociceptors in chronic pain abolish the experience of pain and if not, what mechanisms have taken over and how can they be managed to provide pain relief to the patient in pain?