The Challenge of Chronic Pain

01 - 03 March 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    Chronic pain is a major health care challenge. Approximately 20% of the
    world’s population has an on-going pain problem, many of whom are poorly
    served with currently available treatment modalities. Because pain
    affects the elderly disproportionally, it is becoming an increasingly
    important and expensive problem in our aging population. The growing use
    of neurotoxic drugs to treat cancer and infectious diseases, and the
    recognition of sexual dimorphism in both pain mechanisms and the clinical
    presentation of pain syndromes further emphasize the need to better
    understand the underlying mechanisms of acute and chronic pain, so that
    improved therapies can be offered to patients.

    The second Challenge of Chronic Pain conference will discuss recent
    discoveries and current challenges in pain research, with a focus on
    translating basic research insights into new therapies. Advances in our
    understanding of peripheral and central pain mechanisms, pathways and
    processes will be highlighted. We will explore the clinical landscape of
    chronic pain and pain syndromes, the innovative approaches in target
    validation in animal and human studies, and their translation into novel
    therapeutic interventions.

    This meeting is aimed at scientists, clinicians, and those working in
    industry or on translational research, interested in understanding
    chronic pain and improving the process from mechanism to therapy.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 12:00 on Wednesday 1 March,
    and close at 13.30 on Friday 3 March 2017.

    An optional Big Data workshop will be held at EMBL-EBI after the
    conference finishes on Friday 3 March at 14:00 – 16:00. The workshop will
    focus on RNAseq and EBI databases. Places are strictly limited and on a
    first come, first served basis.

    Topics will include:

    • Chronic pain: the clinical landscape and translational horizons
    • CNS processing in acute and chronic pain
    • The genetics of pain
    • Cellular biology of pain
    • Peripheral pain molecules
    • Drug discovery and development
    • Neuro-immune interactions
    • Imaging

    Please find a copy of the draft programme here.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    University of California, San Francisco,
    Stephen McMahon King’s College London,
    Cheryl Stucky Medical College of Wisconsin,
    Fan Wang Duke University, USA
    John Wood University College London, UK

    Keynote speakers
    Howard Fields
    University of California San Francisco, USA
    Nick Franks Imperial College London, UK

    Robert Brownstone University College London,
    Cathy Bushnell
    National Institutes of Health, USA
    James Cox University College London, UK
    Yves De
    Laval University, Canada
    Nanna Brix Finnerup Danish Pain Research
    Center, Denmark
    Robert Gereau
    Washington University School
    of Medicine, USA
    Peter Goadsby King’s College London, UK

    Sten Linnarsson Karolinska Institute,
    Sarah Ross University of Pittsburgh, USA

    Dinah Sah Voyager Therapeutics, USA
    Karolinska Institute, Sweden
    Andrew Todd University of Glasgow, UK
    University of Colorado, USA
    Steve Waxman Yale School of Medicine, 
    Xu Zhang Institute of Neuroscience, China

    Conference organiser
    Emily Rees Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £210
    Student On site twin accommodation £310
    Student On site single accommodation £373
    Academic No accommodation £310
    Academic On site twin accommodation £410
    Academic On site single accommodation £473
    Commercial No accommodation £410
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £510
    Commercial On site single accommodation £574

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: 31 January 2017

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 1 and 2 March 2017. Please
    note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: 17 January 2017

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    The conference organisers would like to thank the following organisations
    for their support: