Anna Maria Aloisi
Dept Medicine, Surgery and Neuroscience
University of Siena
Prof. Anna Maria Aloisi was born in Montalcino (Siena), Italy, in 1960, took the degree in Medicine at Siena University in 1985 and spent all her academic career in the Institute of Human Physiology at the University of Siena. Her research activity is characterized by a continuous interaction with many national and international groups and was focused on the study of pain mechanisms with particular attention on the sex differences in the pain-induced responses and on the role of gonadal hormone-induced effects in pain mechanisms in humans and rodents. Her further interest is on the role of the limbic system in behavior.
Dept of Health Science and Technology, School of Medicine, Aalborg University
Lars Arendt-Nielsen has been engaged in pain research, pain education, and pain policy for more than 30 years and worked at various institutions around the world. Founder and director of Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Denmark, with 80+ researchers and Ph.D. students employed. Published more than 900 peer-reviewed papers on translational, experimental, and clinical pain research. Collaborating with over 20 pain research centers and clinics around the world. A keen interest has been to support pain patient organizations in their efforts to help their members to be recognized by political and health care systems. Knighted by the Danish Queen for the contribution to science.
Dept Medicine, Surgery and Neuroscience
University of Siena
Prof. Giancarlo Carli was born near Siena, Italy in 1938. He received his MD Degree from Siena University (1962) and was postdoctoral fellow both at Siena (Prof. Alberto Zanchetti) and Pisa (Prof. Giuseppe Moruzzi) Universities and at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Prof Vernon B. Mountcastle). He developed his academic carrier in Siena first as associate (1971) and then as full Professor (1981). He served as Chairman of the Institute of Human Physiology (1974-2002) and as Chairman of the Department of Physiology (2008-2010). He is an expert on the effects of persistent pain on animal behavior and on chronic pain in fibromyalgia patients.
Dept of Cell and Developmental Biology
The Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem
Marshall Devor was born in Toronto, Canada in 1949. His AB and PhD degrees were from Princeton University (1970) and MIT (1975). He was a postdoctoral fellow with the pain research pioneer Prof. P.D. Wall at University College London and later at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (HUJI). He joined the HUJI faculty as Research Associate in 1977 and rose to the rank of Professor in 1988. He served as Department Chairman (3 terms) and in a number of other University, national and international roles. He has contributed considerably to the understanding of the physiological basis of neuropathic pain and more recently to mechanisms involved in loss of consciousness and pain-free surgery.
Stephanie C. Koch
Dept Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology
University College London
Stephanie C. Koch received her Masters in Pharmacy at the University of Bath, before pursuing an MSc in Neuroscience at University College London. She completed her PhD at University College London with Professor Maria Fitzgerald studying the postnatal development of spinal inhibitory circuits. As a postdoctoral fellow, she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship to train at the Salk Institute with Professor Martyn Goulding. Here she studied spinal sensorimotor circuits and the mechanism by which local inhibitory networks serve to control aberrant recruitment of reflexes. She is currently based at University College London, studying the spinal inhibitory control of touch.
University of Southampton
Center for Translational Pain Medicine, Dept of Anesthesiology, Duke University
Durham, NC, USA
William Maixner received his PhD and DDS degrees from the University of Iowa, where he also completed a 2-year Fellowship before being appointed Staff Fellow and Pharmacology Research Associate at the NIH. He joined the Dental School faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1985, rising through the academic ranks from Assistant Professor to Distinguished University Professor and serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1999-2005, when he was named Director of the Center for Pain Research and Innovation. He joined Duke University in January 2016 as Director of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology. An expert in the pain field, Dr. Maixner has published widely in basic pain mechanisms, neuronal pain coding properties, pharmacology of opioids, gender differences in pain perception, and human pain genetics. His Duke program focuses on translating laboratory and clinical findings into novel diagnostics and therapeutics to prevent or alleviate chronic pain.
Dept of Neurophysiology
Center for Brain Research
Dept of Neurology, MC Mutual
Clinical Neurophysiology, King’s College Hospital
Dr Jordi Serra received his medical degree from the Universitat de Barcelona and completed his residency in Neurology at Hospital de Bellvitge, Barcelona, in 1992. He spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Neuromuscular Unit of Good Samaritan Hospital and Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, USA, where he specialized in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of neuropathic pain patients. Dr Serra has authored many scientific journal articles, and book chapters. Dr Serra has produced pioneering work on the recording of abnormal activity in pain fibers using microneurography, both in animals and in neuropathic pain patients. Dr. Serra serves as Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology at King’s College Hospital in London.
Univ. of Heidelberg
Manfred Zimmermann is an Emeritus Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Following studies of physics and biophysics Manfred received degrees of Dr.-Ing. (1965) and Dr. med. habil. (1969) at the Universities of Karlsruhe and Heidelberg. In 1973 he became a Professor of Physiology at Heidelberg University. He was Visiting Professor at Monash University (Australia), Wuhan Medical University (China) and Siena University (Italy). His research was on the neurophysiology of nociception, with a focus on descending inhibition from the midbrain onto spinal afferent processing, and the association of neuronal gene transcription with pain, regeneration and apoptosis in the CNS. In 1973 Manfred was a founding member of IASP, and served as IASP Councilor and Chairman of the Committee for Ethical Issues. In 1975 he was a founder of the German Pain Society and served as its President from 1982 to 1996. In 1993 he was founding member of EFIC and served as the President from 1996 to 1999. During his term EFIC had its first presentation to the European Parliament in 1998. 1975-2003 Zimmermann was founder and Chief Editor of Neuroscience Letters, and 1987-1992 founding Editor of “Der Schmerz”, the German Pain Journal. From 1984 Zimmermann was an initiator of pain therapy as a medical specialty in Germany, which was finally legalized by the Medical Board in 1996.