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2016 Symposia
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Wednesday May 25
9:00 AM  - 9:45 AM
Mary Ellen Jeans Lecture: Drugs and placebos: what's the difference?

11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM
Opioid Analgesics: Bridging the Preclinical and Clinical Perspectives

11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM Large scale registries and databases: harnessing "big data" in the study of pain

11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM
Good News in Ontario: Partnering with government to address chronic pain

  11:00 AM  - 12:30 PM Physiological Indicators of Pain: Uncovering the Benefits and Challenges Using the Context of Infancy  
  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Novel Strategies aimed at addressing common Chronic Pain problems patients present with in the Primary, Tertiary and Palliative Care Settings
  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Chasing Moving Targets: Challenges and Opportunities to Enhance Pain Management Practices Targeting Healthcare Professionals, Families and Policy Makers  

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   Advances in Acute Pain Research: Evidence in Improving Patient Pain-related Outcomes
  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   Cognitive Dysfunction, Disruption and Biases in Pain  

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Perspectives on and Best Practices for Patient Engagement in Pain Research, Clinical Practice and Health Systems Improvement  
  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM  I feel your pain: The social neuroscience of empathy for pain and touch
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
The Role of Families in Pain Experiences Across the Lifespan
  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Complex pelvic pain in women: the BC experience  

 Thursday May 26
7:15 AM - 8:30 AM Opioids in the Management of Pain, Maintaining the Appropriate Balance. CRISM (Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse)-CIHR Opioid working group (2014-2016)  
  8:45 AM - 9:30 AM
Plenary Lecture: Does exercise increase or decrease pain? Underlying mechanisms and clinical implications  
  9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Early Career Award Lecture: Transitional Pain Medicine: Perioperative Care as a Model for Novel Chronic Pain Treatments
  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Over-the-counter treatments in children and adolescents with every day, recurrent and chronic pain: Perspectives from Canada and Norway  
  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Persistent postoperative neuropathic pain following spine surgery  
  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Supraspinal Mechanisms Contributing to Chronic Pain  
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Chronic pain hurts the pocketbook, too. Understanding the economic impact of chronic pain for the individual and the government payer.
  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Nerve injury and pain; peripheral and central perspectives  
  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Trainee Workshop: The path of least resistance in academia and beyond  
  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM An update on novel uses of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) for assessment, prevention, and rehabilitation of pain problems  
  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM  Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain Surgery in Children and Adults: What We Know and Where We Need to Go  
  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Spinal Cord Stimulation for the treatment of neuropathic pain  
  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 
Hot Topics Session
  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Taking the pain out of studying pain expression: toward abbreviated measurement systems  
  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Legal issues and neuroethics of brain-imaging based "pain-o-meters": friend or foe?  
  Friday May 27
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Plenary Lecture: Ethical Implications of Innovations in Clinical Trial Design and Conduct
  9:45 AM  - 10:30 AM  Plenary Lecture: “Listening” & “Talking” to Neurons: Clinical implications of glial dysregulation of pain, opioid actions & drugs of abuse.
  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM  Virtual Reality and Pain: A New Frontier or Smoke and Mirrors?  
  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
From Past to Future: QST to Jedi mind tricks  
  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Addressing the rising epidemic of maternal prescription opioid use and associated neonatal consequences.
  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
New insights into neuropathic pain in breast cancer