Brisbane Pain Research: Multidisciplinary Perspectives & Therapeutics

Friday  7 December  2018  8:00 AM    Friday  7 December  2018 7:00 PM
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Last update 08/12/2018


 Hosted by the IMB Centre for Pain Research, we invite you to the first Brisbane-wide whole-day multidisciplinary pain research symposium to be held on Friday 7 December at the Queensland Bioscience Precinct Auditorium. This student-led event brings together pain research groups from different disciplines across Brisbane  and provides a platform for researchers at all career stages to showcase their work alongside leading national and international speakers in the field.

 This symposium is open to all members of the community with an interest in advancing pain research and treatments.

 Our aim is to stimulate scientific discussion, collaboration and ongoing engagement to advance pain research and treatments with all sectors of the community, i.e. basic and clinical pain researchers, people living with pain-related conditions, medical practitioners and allied health professionals, academics and hospital administrators, industry representatives, government health agencies & regulatory bodies, people caring for those living with pain-related conditions and community support groups.

 Generous prizes for the Best Posters and Best Punchy Poster Talks will be awarded!

 The full program details are below and will be updated further.



8:00       Registration / Hang up posters


9:00 – 10:00   Session 1: Fundamental Pain Research (Chair: Ms Mathilde Israel)


9:00 Welcoming Speech Prof. Richard Lewis, Director of IMB Centre for Pain Research


9:05 Keynote Speaker Dr Chris Towne

— Senior Director of Gene Therapy at Circuit Therapeutics (USA)

‘Light-activated gene therapy for treatment of neuropathic pain’


9:40 Prof. Michele Sterling 

— Director, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Road Traffic Injury Recovery (CRERTI); and Program Lead, Designing Better Therapies, RECOVER Injury Research Centre                                                     

‘Preventing chronic pain after road traffic injury: New directions for treatment’

10:00  10:30  Morning Tea/Coffee & Poster Walk Around Session


 10:30 – 12:00   Selected Short Talks & Punchy Poster Talks - PPT! (Chair: Dr David Klyne)

Dr Samuel Robinson — IMB Centre for Pain Research & Centre for Advanced Imaging, UQ

Molecular mechanisms underlying sting pain

 James Hughes — Emergency & Trauma Centre, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital & School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology

The experience of care of patients presenting in pain to the emergency department

 Erin Brown — Centre for Children’s Burns & Trauma Research and School of Psychology, UQ

Procedural pain and parental posttraumatic stress: Consequences for young child burn wound re-epithelization

 Michael Arao-Arao — School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology

What a pain! How much do people know about migraines? An investigation of migraine management in Australia

 Emily Cox — School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences, UQ

Type 2 diabetes: Not a painless condition

 Dr Scott Farrell — RECOVER Injury Research Centre, UQ and Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University

Small fibre pathology in chronic whiplash-associated disorder

 Camila Ferraz — IMB and Department of Pathological Sciences, Center for Biological Sciences, State University of Londrina, Brazil

Jararhagin — a metalloproteinase from Bothrops jararaca venom — induces mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia through TRPV1 channel activation 

Dr Felicity Han — School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ

Formulation of bioerodable ketamine microparticles as an analgesic adjuvant treatment using supercritical CO2 micronization technology

 Thomas Park — Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development, UQ

Investigating analgesic efficacy of J-2156 in a novel rodent model of chronic low back pain

 Nathalia Costa — School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, UQ

Risk factors for flare of low back pain differ between flares identified by a patient and flares defined by an increase in pain

 Dr Emma Crawford — UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

A qualitative investigation into chronic pain service provision in an urban Indigenous context: How research has informed an emerging service delivery model and future research opportunities

 Adrián Campos-González — Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory, Department of Genetics & Computational Biology, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Persistent pain and depression: Examining clinical comorbidity and shared risk factors


12:00 – 13:30   Lunch & Poster Walk Around Session

(presenters to stand by their poster for poster competition judging)


13:30 – 15:00   Session 3: Clinical Pain Research (Chair: Prof Michele Sterling)


13:30 Keynote Speaker A/Prof. Paul Gray

— Director of Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Metro North Hospital & Health Service; Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

‘Clinical pain research: The need and the challenges’


14:00 Prof. Janet Hardy                                                                                                               

— Medical Director Mater Cancer Care Centre, Director Palliative & Supportive Care Services, Division of Cancer Services, Mater Adults Hospital                                                                                                 

An evidence-based approach to pain management in patients with advanced cancer’  


14:15 Prof. Roy Kimble

— Director of Centre for Children’s Burns & Trauma Research, Queensland Children’s Hospital

Non-pharmaceutical interventions for paediatric burn pain and anxiety: Evidence and translation into clinical practice’


14:30 Dr Kylie Tucker

— Senior Lecturer, School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ Faculty of Medicine; Affiliate Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, UQ Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences

‘Insights into the motor adaptation to musculoskeletal pain in humans’


14:45 Prof. Paul Hodges

— NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow; Director, NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury & Health, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, UQ Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences

‘Interactions between the immune and motor systems in pain and injury: Implications for motor control’            

15:00 – 15:30   Afternoon Tea/Coffee & Poster Walk Around Session

(presenters to stand by their poster for poster competition judging)

15:30 – 16:30   Session 4: Pre-Clinical & Translational Pain Research (Chair: A/Prof. Marie-Odile Parat)


15:30 Dr Yannick Goumon

— Principal Investigator, Institute of Cellular & Integrative Neurosciences, CNRS, Strasbourg, France                        

Lithium reverses neuropathic pain through a mu opioid-dependent mechanism’


15:50 A/Prof. Marie-Odile Parat

— Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, UQ Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences; Mater Research Institute-UQ, Faculty of Medicine

‘Preclinical and clinical evidence that opioid administration modulates TLR4 signalling’                               


16:05 Dr Rink-Jan Lohman

— Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy, UQ Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences

Dynorphin peptide fragments as therapeutic options for pain management’    


16:20 A/Prof. Mehdi Mobli

— Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Imaging; Affiliated Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Science; Affiliate Research Fellow, IMB

Structural details of how venom peptides engage their membrane embedded receptors’


16:4517:15   Best Poster & Best PPT! award presentations and Closing Remarks

A/Prof. Irina Vetter (Co-Director, IMB Center for Pain Research and Princpal Research Fellow, IMB)


17:30 – 19:00   Dinner & Mixer: Aussie BBQ finish





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Who Can Attend

This symposium is open to all members of the community with an interest in advancing pain research and treatments. Postgraduate research candidates (Hons, Masters, PhD), early career researchers (ECRs) and clinicians are particularly encouraged to participate in the symposium. Undergraduate students and members of the general public are also welcome to attend.


Where do I submit my abstract?

Abstract submission closed Friday 2nd November 2018. 

Registrations end 26th November 2018.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Alexander Mueller at or Hana Starobova at for any questions regarding the event.

What are the parking options at UQ?

There are many carparks available around the St Lucia campus. Further information can be found here.

Organising Committee

Alexander Mueller (IMB)

Hana Starobova (IMB)

Bryan Tay (IMB)

Yashad Dongol (IMB)

Mathilde Israel (IMB)

Tianjiao Zhao (IMB)

Dan Wang (IMB)

Md. Mahadhi Hasan (IMB)

Gagan Sharma (Centre for Advanced Imaging)

Alan Zhang (Centre for Advanced Imaging)

David Carter (IMB)

Fernanda Caldas Cardoso (IMB)

David Klyne (School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences)

Trung Ngo (UQ Diamantina Institute, Faculty of Medicine & Translational Research Institute)

A/Prof. Irina Vetter (Co-Director, IMB Centre for Pain Research and Principal Research Fellow, IMB)

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Institute for Molecular Bioscience (Queensland Bioscience Precinct)
306 Carmody Road, Saint Lucia, 4072, QLD, Australia
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306 Carmody Road, Saint Lucia, 4072, QLD, Australia
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