Lars ARENDT-NIELSEN, Dr Med Sci., Ph.D., is full professor in translational pain research, founder, and director of the international pain research Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI), Aalborg University, Denmark. He has published more than 840 peer-reviewed journal papers on experimental and clinical assessment of pain and on application of human pain biomarkers in evaluating new pain management procedures. The clinical studies are focused on diagnostic procedures in the area of musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, gynecological pain, and pharmacological screening of new compounds developed for pain management. Has delivered more than 220 keynote lectures at international conferences. Has served on the IASP Council and as co-chair of the IASP Global Year Against Musculoskeletal Pain in 2010, and co-chair for the IASP Global Year Against Joint Pain 2016, and is the Editor-in-Chief of IASP Press. He is chair of IASP’s Special Interest Group on Musculoskeletal Pain. In 2007, He is knighted by the Danish Queen for his contribution to science. He is also founder of C4Pain, a clinical trial unit specialising in mechanistic, early clinical trials where new analgesic or anti-inflammatory compounds are profiling in healthy volunteer or clinical studies.

Dr. Becker Stephan
Stephan BECKER, Prof. Dr. med., MD, Director Spine of IMSART, a privately held institute in Vienna, Austria, Head Spine Medimpuls Vienna, Austria and Palma Clinic, Mallorca. Medical studies at UCL / Brussels, McGill / Montreal, University Saarland and University Heidelberg. Graduation in Medicine, University Heidelberg 1989, Dr. med. University Saarland 1990. Medical residency in Great Britain, France and Germany, Fellowships EFFORT Greece, SOFCOT Universite de Nice. 1992 MCCEE (Evaluating Exam Medical Council of Canada) Specialisaiton in orhtopaedics in 1997, Fellow the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EBOT) 2001.
2000 – 2008 Guest lecturer and Guest professor at various universities in the EU, East Europe and Asia. Since 2008 Professor associé Université de Sherbrooke, Canada; since 2009 guest professor Temple University Philadelphia. Founding member Spine Allaince, a third world non – profit medical organisation. Board position of various medical international societies, reviewer of various international peer review medical journals. >400 (partially invited/keynote) lectures at seminars and international conferences;
11 book chapters, 4 books, >70 proc. papers; > 100 operations / instructional surgical courses in 27 countries on 6 continents. He is furthermore the CEO of iBio Medical LLC, an international integrated biomedical company for promoting and creating integrated biomedical centers and therapies worldwide, CMO of a German based immunological viral cancer therapy company, the Chief Medical Development Officer of an Austrian Heart Rate Variability monitoring company and specialist surgical advisor at Exterapartners, a premier life science strategic partnering and product commercialization firm from Cambridge / USA with a biopharma and medtech sectoral focus.


After working for most of my professional life representing the interest of patients in the UK and Europe from within the third sector, I now run my own company, Neil Betteridge Associates. This offers high level, patient focused advice on a range of issues affecting the lives of patients, especially people with chronic pain and other long-term conditions. Recently, for example, I am acted as strategic adviser to the Royal College of Physicians on the development of a new patient involvement strategy.
Current voluntary positions include being a Patient and Public Voice member of NHS England’s Clinical Reference Group on Specialised Pain Services; Co-Chair of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition; and International Liaison Officer, Public Affairs, of EULAR, the European rheumatology network.
I am also Patient Adviser to the Professional Record Standards Body, which works to enable the recording and sharing of electronic records to deliver better care; board member of the UK Fit for Work Coalition; and founder member of the European Federation of Pain Doctors’ (EFIC) Patient Liaison Group.
Whilst working as CEO of Arthritis Care, and Chair of ARMA (the UK umbrella body for rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions), the Health Minister appointed me as the Patient Adviser on the national ‘18 Weeks’ programme to reduce waiting times for treatment. I remain a Patient Adviser to NHS England, working with NHS Improving Quality and NHS Elect on Enhanced Recovery, Efficient and Effective Elective Care and 7 Day Services.
In the same period, the Minister for Transport appointed me as official adviser to the UK government on disability and transport issues, a position I held for 6 years.
He has also served as a trustee of the Long term Conditions Alliance (now National Voices) and was Vice President of EULAR for an 8 year period.

Roberto CASALE MD, PhD
Graduated in Medicine and Surgery from Pavia University, Italy.
Specialized in Neurology with a postgraduate course in Clinical Neurophysiology;
Specialised in Anaesthesiology & Pain Relief,;
Trained in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.;
PhD in Advanced Technologies in Rehabilitation and Sports
He is Scientific Director at Habilita Care & Research Rehabilitation Hospitals, Bergamo, Italy. He is lecturer at University Schools of Specialization in Clinical Neurophysiology in Pavia (teaching course: Clinical Neurophysiology and pain) and University Schools of Specialization in PMR in Padova (teaching course: Pain management in a rehabilitation setting).
He is the Director of the EFIC Pain School on “ Neurological Diagnosis in chronic pain” formerly known as EFIC Montescano Pain School and now moved to Bergamo.
From 1992 to 2015 he was Director of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology & Pain Rehabilitation Unit. Since 2001 to 2015 Director of the Dept. of Neuromotor Rehabilitation. Salvatore Maugeri Foundation, Scientific Institute of Montescano, PV, Italy.
He has been Councillor and Secretary of AISD (Italian Association for the Study of Pain) as well as Councillor of EFIC (European Chapters of IASP) and Co-ordinator of the SiG « Pain and Rehabilitation » of SIMFER (Italian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).
Actually he is the Chairman of the ESPRM SIG on “Pain and Disbility”
His Scientific Interests are: Pain medicine (Physiopathology of pain and pain therapy, Muscle pain, Botulin Toxin, Neuropathic pain, CRPS, Microneurography) Rehabilitation medicine (chronic pain and associated motor disability, central and peripheral nervous system lesions, Localized muscle fatigue).

Maurizio CUTOLO, MD,  is Professor of Rheumatology and Professor of Internal Medicine, Director Research Laboratories, Academic Division of Clinical Rheumatology and Postgraduate School of Rheumatology- University of Genova -IRCCS San Martino Italy.
Actually Past President of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and Past Chairman of the International League of Associations for Rheumatology (ILAR).
MC has served as Chairman of the Committee for Education and Training of EULAR and is Board member of the Scientific Committee, former VPresident of the International Society for NeuroimmunoModulation (ISNIM), former VPresident of the Italian Society for Rheumatology.
MC is Co-founder and former chairman of two Study Groups at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR): NeuroenocrineImmunology of the Rheumatic Diseases (past chairman 1999) and on Capillaroscopy and Rheumatic Diseases (chairman actually). Founder and Chairman of the Study Group on Neuroimmune Endocrinology at EULAR. MC is Member of the Editorial Board of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Current Opinion in Rheumatology and Associate Editor of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. MC is Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society for Rheumatology (2010) and of the Russian Society for Rheumatology (2011), DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA University of Bucharest (2014).
Major involvements for the basic/clinical research of MC include, advanced therapies in systemic sclerosis, capillaroscopy in rheumatic diseases, role of sex hormones in the immune response and rheumatic diseases,  the endocrine system of vitamin D, the chronotherapy of rheumatoid arthritis with night glucocorticoids, synovial macrophages as targets for biologicals in rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation and cancer,  role of biosimilars in rheumatic diseases.

, BSc, PhD, FmedSci, FBPharmcolS is Professor of Neuropharmacology in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at University College, London, United Kingdom. He gained his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, and has held posts in Paris, California and Sweden. His research interests are pharmacology of the brain, including the mechanisms of pain and how pain can be controlled in both normal and pathophysiological conditions, and how to translate basic science to the patient.
Prof. Dickenson is an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society , was a member of the Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain for 6 years and is Section Editor for the journal Pain. He has authored more than 325 refereed publications and has an h index of 84, all due to his motivated and brilliant research team; he is a founding and continuing member of the Wellcome Trust funded London Pain Consortium. Prof. Dickenson has given plenary lectures at the World Congress on Pain, the American Pain Society, the European Pain Congress, the Canadian Pain Society, the Belgium Pain Society, ASEAPs, the Scandinavian Pain Society, the British Pain Society, the Thailand Pain Society, the Irish Pain Society, the Singapore Pain Society, the Australian Pain Society, the New Zealand Pain Society and many other international and national meetings. He has also spoken at the Royal Institution, to GPs and schools on pain.

Fitnat DINCER, Prof., Dr., M.D
Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine
Chair – Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine – Ankara-Turkey –
The President of Accreditation Committee of the Turkish Board of PRM
– ESPRM – European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Chair -ESPRM- Musculoskeletal System Disorders Committee –
– UEMS -Union European Medical Specialists / EBPRM – European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Senior Fellow of EBPRM, UEMS – EBPRM Expert, UEMS -EBPRM Trainer, UEMS -EBPRM Coordinator of National Managers, UEMS European Board Certified Physiatrist –
– EULAR- International Evidence Based Medicine Guideline Author in Hand Osteoarthritis Diagnosis and Hand Osteoarthritis Management and Fibromyalgia with 1700 citations.

Prof. Elon EISENBERG graduated from Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University in Israel. He completed a residency in Neurology, at Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel, and Neurology – Pain Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. Prof. Eisenberg has been the director of the Institute of Pain Medicine at Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel, and the President of the Israeli Pain Association. He is currently the director of the Pain Research Unit at the Institute of Pain Medicine, Rambam Health Care Campus and a Professor of Neurology and Pain Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He is also the Honorary Treasurer of the European Pain Federation –EFIC. His main areas of research include mechanisms and treatment of pain with special emphasis on neuropathic pain, CRPS, cancer pain and opioids. Prof. Eisenberg has published nearly two-hundred scientific articles, book chapters and abstracts in various areas of pain.

Prof. Dr. Patrice Forget, M.D. Ph.D., attended medical school at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). He is anesthesiologist teaching and taking patients in charge for cancer surgery and chronic pain management at the Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, and for the next years, at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel. He is involved in clinical research, studying pain and the impact of surgery and anesthetic drugs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) on cancer outcome. Last ten years, as main investigator and/or national coordinator, he published more than 80 articles, letters and/or abstract. He is vice-President of the Belgian Pain Society, Cochrane collaborator and REDCap consortium member.

Dr Brona FULLEN is a lecturer in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Dublin, Ireland. She holds a BSc Physiotherapy (UUJ), MSc Healthcare (Acupuncture, UCD), and PhD (UCD) degrees. Clinically Brona specialized in the topic of pain working in Pain services at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, St Vincent’s University Hospital and Tallaght Hospital Dublin.In UCD she teaches in the area of pain science to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.  She is Director of the MSc programmes in Advanced Physiotherapy Studies and Healthcare (Acupuncture). Her research areas of interest include the assessment and rehabilitation of people with chronic pain in a range of conditions including musculoskeletal dysfunction, obesity, and spinal cord injury. She has supervised MSc and PhD students to completion, and has presented her research at national and international meetings. Brona is a past President of the Irish Pain Society (Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain), and the first Chartered Physiotherapist to be elected to the European Pain Federation EFIC® Executive Board.

Yves HENROTIN is Professor of Pathology, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and director of the Bone and Cartilage Research Unit at the University of Liège (Belgium) He is also head of the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation department at the Princess Paola Hospital, Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International, the French Society of Rheumatology and the International Cartilage Repair Society. Between 2006 and 2013, he was a member of the board of directors the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), the premier organization focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis. He was elected treasurer in 2010. He was chairmen of the world BMJD debate and consensus congress in 2010 and 2012 and chairman of the 2010 OARSI world congress. He is also the vice-president of the Spine section and the osteoarthritis section of the French Society of Rheumatology, board member of the French Society of Rheumatology since 2011, president of the Belgium Back Society since 2000 and president of the Belgium Scientific Society of Physical Therapy since 2008. He was the Belgium delegate and board member of the COST B13 action “Low back pain: guidelines for its management” organized by European Commission Research Directorate General. He is coordinator of the WP 1 of FP-7 programme D-BOARD, an European consortium dedicated to OA biomarkers research. He is co-President of the board of the National Council of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for the Belgium Health Ministry. He serves the editorial board of several scientific reviews including Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, the Journal Experimental Orthopaedic and Annals of Physical and rehabilitation Medicine. He is honorary editor-in-chief of International Journal of Orthopaedics. He has published over 200 scientific peer-reviewed papers and 10 chapters of book. He is the co-editor of the book “Osteoarthritis: clinical and experimental aspects” (Springer), co-editor of “Primer in OA” (edited by the OARSI) and editor of the book “Nonpharmacological modalities for the management of osteoarthritis” (Bentham). In 2005, he received a prestigious national prize (De Cooman Prize) for his contribution in the better understanding of osteoarthritis pathophysiology. He is also the founder and the chairman of the board of two spin-off company of the University of Liège: Artialis SA, a company specialized in the research and development of biological markers of musculoskeletal disorders and Synolyne Pharma SA , a company developing medical device for the joint viscossuplmentation and tissue repair. He is also the founder and the President of the Osteoarthritis foundation.

Leonardo KAPURAL
, M.D., Ph.D. is a Pain Physician at the Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research. He is also Professor of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University, School of Medicine. Dr. Kapural’s interests include peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, discogenic low back pain and visceral abdominal pain.
Following his Fellowship in Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, he stayed in Cleveland Clinic’s Pain Management Department for 10 years, serving also as Director of Clinical Research and Professor of Anesthesiology at CCLMC of the Case Western University.
Dr. Kapural is an active member of number of professional organizations including the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, North American and International Neuromodulation Societies. In addition, he is an invited speaker to many national and international meetings. He served as Director-At-Large of American Academy of Pain Medicine, and currently as Director-At-Large of both North American and International Neuromodulation Society.
Dr. Kapural’s experience is broad and encompasses teaching and clinical education, extensive research, and innovations in the area of pain treatments which brought him two Innovator Awards. His noteworthy research findings have been published in more than 100 journal articles, more than 100 abstracts, two books and 25 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the “Best Doctors in America”.

Henrik KEHLET HENROTIN was Professor of Surgery at Copenhagen University and is now Professor of Perioperative Therapy at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University, Denmark. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK, the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the German Surgical Society and the German Anaesthesiological Society.
Professor Kehlet’s research interests have focused on surgical pathophysiology, acute pain physiology and treatment, the transition from acute to chronic pain, postoperative fatigue and organ dysfunction. These efforts have condensed to form the concept of ‘fast-track surgery’ with the aim of achieving the ‘pain and risk-free operation’.
Professor Kehlet has published about 1000 scientific articles and has given more than 300 invited lectures at international scientific meetings, including several honorary lectures, the last one being the Excellence in Research Award, American Society of Anesthesiology, 2014.

Michael L. KUCHERA, D.O., FAAO is a specialist in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and current a professor at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis Indiana USA. Since his 1980 graduation from the founding osteopathic college in Kirksville Missouri and a neuroelectrodiagnostic fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Kuchera sequentially served as a full-time medical faculty member at three universities in positions ranging from residency director and chairperson of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine to dean. For a decade at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, he was co-director of the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging where he conducted clinical research as the director of its Human Performance & Biomechanics Laboratory.
Dr. Kuchera has co-authored several textbooks and is a frequent and highly sought-after national and international speaker on the diagnosis and management of somatic dysfunction in patients with pain, systemic disorders or specific neuromusculoskeletal complaints. He served on the Scientific Committee and as a moderator for the 3rd International Fascial Research Congress. Recognized by his peers with their highest national awards as a researcher, as a leader and as a medical educator, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine has also awarded him fellowships in the areas of medical education, medical education leadership, and for authoring educational works of enduring value.
Dr. Kuchera is a past president of the American Academy of Osteopathy, serves on their Education Committee, and chairs their committee on International Affairs. He is also vice-president of the Foundation for Osteopathic Research & Continuous Education (FORCE) and a member of the Council on Research for the American Osteopathic Association. A long-time member of both the Education and Executive Boards of FIMM (Fédération Internationale de Médecine Manuelle), he currently serves as FIMM Secretary-General.

Eva KOSEK,  MD, PhD is holding a position as full Professor in Clinical Pain Research at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. She received her medical degree from the Uppsala University in 1986 and her PhD from the Karolinska Institute in 1996. She is a specialist in rehabilitation medicine and pain relief and currently active as senior consultant at Stockholm Spine Center, Sweden. Dr. Koseks research focuses on pathophysiological mechanisms in chronic musculoskeletal pain, with special reference to central pain modulation in fibromyalgia, chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The research is hypothesis driven and the research group uses a wide variety of techniques such as genetics, quantitative sensory testing and imaging (functional magnetic resonans imaging, positron emission tomography). Dr. Kosek is an elected Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and Chair of the Terminology Task Force. She is a member of several professional associations such as Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain (SASP), the Swedish Medical Association and the Swedish Medical Association for Pain Relief. Dr. Kosek is a reviewer for several scientific journals and has published many articles and abstracts. She has lectured at conferences and symposia worldwide.

Professor of Anesthesiology, Head of the Acute Postoperative Pain Service
Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc, University Catholic of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
Research areas/ Interests: Pr Lavand’homme has published several papers including book chapters on acute postoperative pain mechanisms and management as well as on the prevention of persistent pain after surgery. She is specialized in chronic pain and has worked several years in Pain Clinic after a fellowship in United States. She is member of various scientific societies, past-Chairperson of the Acute and Chronic Pain Scientific Committee of the European Society of Anesthesiology, member of the Faculty of 1000 Medicine Reports advisory board for anesthesiology and pain management. She is associate editor in European and US peer reviewed journals. She has recently participated to the elaboration of the French guidelines for enhanced recovery after elective colorectal surgery (Groupe Francophone de Rehabilitation Améliorée après Chirurgie, GRACE). She is currently member of the IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain) Task Force mandated by the WHO to develop a new pragmatic classification of chronic pain (including chronic post-surgical and post-traumatic pain) to be included in the revised version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD11).

Dr. MAUS graduated from Mayo Medical School in 1981, completed a Diagnostic Radiology residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1985, and joined the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiology. After several years working primarily in Interventional and Vascular Radiology, Dr Maus completed a Neuroradiology Fellowship in 1994 and remains a Senior Member of the American Society of Neuroradiology.
Fostering an interest in image-guided pain interventions, Dr. Maus founded a section within Mayo Clinic Radiology to provide image-guided pain management procedures in 1999, working closely with PM&R, Neurology and Surgical colleagues in the Mayo multidisciplinary Spine Center. He is currently co-chair of the Mayo Clinic multidisciplinary Interventional Spine Group. He has been a Mayo Fellows Association teacher of the year in Radiology, the recipient of the Mayo Individual Award for Excellence in 2003 and 2009, and the Carmen award for excellence in clinical practice in the Mayo Department of Radiology in 2012. Dr. Maus has authored numerous papers and book chapters on spine imaging and intervention, with particular emphasis on outcomes assessment after spine pain management procedures. For the past 4 years, Dr. Maus has joined a research collaboration at Mayo Clinic investigating gene therapy and other novel analgesic strategies for the treatment of radicular pain.
Dr. Maus has been an active member of the Education Division of the International Spine Intervention Society as a Bio-skills instructor, past Education Division Chair, and current Chair of the International Education Committee. He currently sits on the Society Executive Board of Directors as its Treasurer.

, Prof. Dr.
Head of Pain Unit and Palliative Care Department
Jena University Hospital – Dept. of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine
After his residency as an anesthesiologist at University Hospital Berlin-Steglitz, Prof. Meissner was appointed head of Jena University Hospital’s Pain Unit in 1994, and head of the Palliative Care department in 2009. Since 2013, he is also head of the interdisciplinary Pain Day Clinic. His clinical expertise covers all aspects of pain management (acute pain service, outpatient service unit, inpatient consultation service, multimodal pain management, interdisciplinary pain conference, etc.) with a focus on acute pain and palliative pain treatment. He has initiated and coordinates the two well-known pain registries QUIPS (Quality Improvement in post-operative pain management; in Germany) and its international counterpart PAIN OUT (Improvement in postoperative PAIN OUTcome) that offer feedback and benchmarking of pain treatment outcomes. In addition, he was coordinator of the NeuroPAIN project (chronic pain and neurologic consequences in sepsis survivors) and has broad teaching experience, e. g. development of curricula for perioperative care, palliative care, medical communication and medical English.

Professor Morlion trained as an anaesthesiologist, is director of the Leuven Centre for Algology & Pain Management at the University Hospitals of Leuven and professor at the University of Leuven. He teaches pain management and pharmacology at the KU Leuven and several university colleges in Belgium, including an Associate Professorship at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
He is member of the executive board of the European Pain Federation EFIC as President Elect, to take office in September 2017. From 2006 till end of 2012 he has been the President of the Belgian Pain Society – the Belgian Chapter of the IASP and represented Belgium as councillor in the European Pain Federation EFIC from 2006-2013. He is program director of the Belgian Interuniversity Postgraduate Studies in Algology and is also an active member of several committees in international scientific societies (EFIC and IASP). He is deputy editor of the European Journal of Pain and regular peer reviewer for many journals. His professional interests include all aspects of multimodal chronic pain management, cancer pain management, pharmacotherapy of pain, and quality management.

MD, PhD, Prof
Pain Center Department Cochin Hospital, Paris Descartes University, INSERM 987, Paris, France
Professor Serge Perrot is a rheumatologist and a pain specialist. He currently heads the Pain Center of Cochin Hospital, in Paris, France, with a specific interest on pain in musculoskeletal conditions. He is currently the Vice-President of the French Pain Society (SFETD). He is the founder and president of the French group of rheumatology pain specialists (CEDR), an organization that links the French rheumatological society with the French pain society.
He is professor of clinical therapeutic at Paris Descartes University. He was an expert for the French Drug Agency (AFSSAPS) and French transparency agency (HAS) for 10 years. He is involved in IASP/WHO new International Classification of Diseases 11, in the chapter on musculoskeletal pain. He has participated in several workshops to establish national and international guidelines on pain management and has coordinated more than 50 studies on rheumatology in the field of pain. He has published more than 150 papers on pain in musculoskelal disorders and painful rheumatological conditions. Professor Perrot has worked on morphine and inflammation for several years at the French national medical research institute (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale [Inserm]).

Dr Dragan PRIMORAC is a pediatrician, forensic expert and geneticist. He serves as adjunct professor at Eberly College of Science, The Pennsylvania State University, and Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven, in the United States and as professor at Medical Schools in Split and Osijek in Croatia. He is the founder of the Special Hospital for Orthopedics, Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “St. Catherine” in Croatia as well as cofounder of Department of Forensic Sciences at the University of Split, Croatia.
Dr. Primorac is a pioneer in the application of DNA analysis for identification of bodies in mass graves and one of the founders of forensic DNA analysis in the region. He authored close to two hundred scientific papers and abstracts in clinical medicine, molecular genetics, forensic science, population genetics, genetic legacy of Homo sapiens sapiens and education, science and technology policy. His papers have been cited 3124 times (Google Scholar) while h-index is 24. Currently, he is PI in FP-7 projects entitled “Multi-dimensional OMICS approach to stratification of patients with low back pain”, worth 7.6 million euros. Dr. Primorac was invited speaker at more than sixty conferences all around the world and he is the co-founder and the President of The International Society of Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS).

Prof Dr. Med Hans-Georg SCHAIBLE
Hans-Georg Schaible is Professor for Physiology and Director of the Institute of Physiology at the University of Jena since 1997. He got his medical degree 1978 at the University of Tübingen after having studied medicine at the Universities of Hamburg and Tübingen. He was then Post Doc at the Institute of Physiology at the University of Kiel ans Assistant professor at the Institute of Physiology at the University of Würzburg. After the « Habilitation » in Physiology in Würzburg 1988, he was awarded a Heisenberg fellowship and worked at the Universities of Edinburg (U.K.) and Würzburg. 1991-1996, he was Associate Professor for Physiology at the Institute of Physiology at the University Würzburg.
Research interests are the basic neurobiological mechanisms of joint pain, neuroimmune interactions in arthritis, pain in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthristis. His group studies pain mechanisms and neuroimmune interactions at the peripheral, spinal and cortical level. 2010-2014, he was chaiman of a German Research consortium entitled « Neuroimmune connections in inflammation and Pain », since 2015 he is chairman of a interdisciplinary German Research consortium entitled « Neuroimmunology and Pain » bringing together pain researchers, immunologists and rheumatologists. He is coeditor of the Journal « Der Schmerz ».

Wolfgang Von HEYMANN, Dr. med. Born 1950 in Hamburg. Medical studies in Bonn, specialised in general surgery 1976/83, then in orthopaedic surgery 1986 in Bremen.
Training in MM 1982/83, 1985-90 assistant teacher, still working as fully qualified teacher.
1991 – 2015 ambulatory for MM-Medicine.
Editorial Board German Journal “Manuelle Medizin” since 1996.
2006-10 President of FIMM (Fédération Internationale de la Médecine Manuelle), then Vice President, 2012/14 Acting President, as the President died; still FIMM officer, also ESSOMM (European Scientific Society for annual Medicine) officer. Contributions to MM-training in Bulgaria, Turkey, Italy, Spain.
2010 – 2018 elected President of German physicians MM society (MWE), 4500 members.
2011 diploma Philadelphia College Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), EROP-diploma (European Register of Osteopathic Physicians).
2015 officially retired, ambulatory closed, but continuing as teacher/officer in MM-Medicine.

Director, Institute for Pain Medicine, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel Specialist in Internal Medicine, Specialist in Pain Relief.
Graduate of medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 1984, Residency Internal medicine, Rambam Medical Center 1996 Specialist in Pain Medicine 2011 (founding father of pain specialty in Israel) Director of the Rambam School of Pain Medicine (established 2010) Director Pain Education Program, Rappaport school of medicine, Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
President of FIMM (International Federation of Musculoskeletal, Medicine) Past president and founding father of the Israel Society for Musculoskeletal Medicine
Dr. Vulfsons has been instrumental in promoting the field of pain medicine and particularly education in pain medicine for the last 10 years. He has developed a comprehensive program for pain education at the Rappaport faculty of medicine, Technion ,Haifa. After founding the Israel society for musculoskeletal medicine he developed CME course for medical graduates in pain medicine and has taught hundreds of doctors in various courses and seminars. Today Dr. Vulfsons continues to run the large well developed Rambam Institute for Pain Medicine, together with othe duties mainly in education. He is also involved in research, mainly in education of pain and musculoskeletal medicine.

David WALSH is Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Nottingham and Consultant Rheumatologist at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he directs the Back Pain Unit which provides diagnostic assessment and multidisciplinary Pain Management Programmes for people with chronic low back pain. In 2010 he established the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre in Nottingham, together with a multidisciplinary research team which includes preclinical neurosciences, psychology, neuroimaging, orthopaedics, genetics, epidemiology and evidence synthesis. The Centre aims to develop new and improved treatments through a translational research programme into the mechanisms by which changes within the joint and in the nervous system interact with psychosocial factors to produce arthritis pain. His preclinical research has focused on structural changes that contribute to joint pain, in particular angiogenesis, nerve growth, inflammation and matrix turnover in the synovium and subchondral bone. His clinical research is defining the spectrum of pain phenotypes in people with arthritis based on underlying pain mechanisms, in order to better target treatments to those most likely to benefit.

Dr Stephen WARD has been a consultant in pain medicine since 2000 having trained at the prestigious Walton Centre in Liverpool. He is lead clinician for the department of pain medicine at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals and works primarily within the neurosciences unit.
His clinical interest is the management of spinal pain and interventional pain management. Academically, Dr Ward is a proponent of evidence based pain practice and is an experienced guideline developer and systematic reviewer – he co-chaired the UK Map of Medicine low back pain pathway, was a member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians guideline group and is the current Chair of the NICE guideline on low back pain and sciatica.
Dr Ward is a member of the Cochrane back group, the Standards Committee (evidence analysis) of the Spinal Intervention Society and the UK Clinical Reference Group for complex spinal surgery. He chaired the first UK National Pain Audit and has been a council member of the British Pain Society as well as an elected member of the board of the UK Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Dr Chris WELLS is President of EFIC, The European Pain Federation. This is the largest multi-disciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain science and medicine in the world. It comprises the 37 European Chapters of the National Pain Societies of IASP© (International Association for the Study of Pain). Established in 1993, EFIC’s constituent Chapters represent Pain Societies from 36 countries and more than 20.000 healthcare professionals across Europe, who study pain and treat patients suffering from pain. Dr Wells has just retired from clinical practice in the management and treatment of pain in Liverpool and the North West of England. He graduated in 1970 from Liverpool University. He was the first doctor in the UK to specialise solely in pain medicine from 1982, when he took over as Director of the Walton Centre pain service from Dr Sam Lipton. He was Director of the Pain Clinic from 1983 to 1994. Throughout his time at the Pain Clinic he pioneered new techniques such as drug delivery systems and Pain Management Programmes (1983 onwards).   He set up the first continuously-running Pain Management Programme in Europe at the Walton Centre, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. His clinical interests include the assessment and management of back pain and neuropathic pain. Dr Wells left the Walton Centre in 1994, but continued to practice on a private basis in the Noth West before embarking on NHS Choose and Book work from 2007 onwards until his retirement.
Dr Wells was a Council member of the British Pain Society from 1995 to 1999 and was Secretary from 2000 to 2002.   He has organised 4 national Pain Society meetings and he gave the Annual British Pain Society Lecture in 2008; he was made an Honorary Member of the group that year. He started an international group of over 1100 doctors interested in neuropathic pain, NeuPSIG, a Special Interest Group of IASP©.   He was made one of 3 Honorary Members of this group in 2010. He has been active in the European Pain Federation for 13 years. Dr Wells was Honorary Secretary from 2002 to 2005, then Chaired the By-laws Committee until 2008; in 2011 he was unanimously chosen as President Elect and became President in 2014. He lectures throughout Europe and the rest of the world on pain and its management and is actively involved at these meetings to reshape the face of pain management through research, evidence based medicine, education and innovation. He has initiated a multidisciplinary core curriculum in Europe, leading to a Diploma in Pain Medicine for all medical doctors. He has been a Board member of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) and the World Society of Pain Clinicians (WSPC); he is one of 3 Founder Examiners for the WIP’s Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice examination.
He is a member of the current NICE Guideline Development Group on low back pain and sciatica. He has just been selected as a Citizen of Honour by the Liverpool City Council.

Dr Vikki WYLDE is a Research Fellow in health services research at the Musculoskeletal Research Unit, University of Bristol. Her research interests focus on improving patients’ outcomes and experience of joint replacement, with a particular focus on chronic post-surgical pain. Areas of expertise include complex intervention development and evaluation, clinical trials, outcomes assessment and quantitative sensory testing. Dr Wylde is currently Principal Investigator on a NIHR-funded randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of outpatient physiotherapy after knee replacement. She is also working on a 5-year NIHR-funded programme of research into the post-operative prevention and treatment of chronic pain after knee replacement (the STAR Programme).