Scientific Programme

Information on Scientific Programme of the ASM


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  1. Programme Outline
  2. Plenary Speakers and Topics
  3. Parallel Sessions A1-A4
  4. Parallel Sessions B1-B4
  5. Parallel Sessions C1-C4

Programme Outline

Monday 30 March / Supplementary Meetings

09:00-17:00         Acute Pain “Synchronicity – Working together to reduce chronicity”
08:15-17:30        Interventional Pain Medicine SIG -" Current updates for  your practice"


Tuesday 31 March/ Supplementary Sessions and ASM

09:30-11:30         Opioids for Non-Medical Prescribers / Meet the Experts / Headache SIG
12:00-12:10         Welcome from President & SPC Chair
12:10-12:50         Plenary 1 – BPS Lecture
13:00-14:00         Lunch & Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposium
14:00-15:25         Topical Plenary 2 – Low Back Pain
15:25-16:00         Coffee break
16:00-17:20         Parallel A’s / Ultrasound Workshops

                            A1: Personalised Pain – Biomarker, Big Data and Biologics
                            A2: Treating patients involved in litigation
                            A3: Developments in Neuromodulation
                            A4: Data-Roaming

17:30-18:30         Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposium
18:30-20:30         Welcome Drinks Reception


Wednesday 1 April / ASM

08:00-09:00         Meet the Experts / SIG Business Meetings
09:10-10:30         Parallel B’s / Ultrasound Workshops

                            B1: Legal implications on MDT working
                            B2: Opioid Tapering
                            B3: Beyond the nervous system; pain modulation via other bodily systems
                            B4: How to hit the spot – US guidance v’s fluoroscopy

10:30-11:00         Coffee Break
11:00-11:50         Topical Plenary 3 - Cannabis
11:50-12:40         Topical Plenary 4 – NICE debate
12:40-13:45         Lunch /Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposium
13:50-15:00         AGM
15:00-16:00         Poster Oral Presentations
16:00-16:30         Coffee Break
16:30-17:10         Plenary Session 5 – Pat Wall Lecture
17:25-18:25         Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposium
18:30-late            Drinks Reception


Thursday 2 April / ASM

08:00-09:00         SIG Business Meetings
09:00-10:20         Parallel C /Ultrasound Workshops

                            C1: Meeting the needs of older people
                            C2: Radiofrequency ablation
                            C3: Clinicians guide to Cannabis products in pain management
                            C4: Development of a model of care for inpatient services

10:20-11:30         Coffee Break / Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposium
11:35-12:50         Topical Plenary 6 – Fibromyalgia and widespread pain
12:50-14:00         Lunch / Industry Sponsored Satellite Symposium
14:00-15:15         Topical Plenary 7 – Pain Research
15:15-15:25         Closing Ceremony


Friday 3 April / Supplementary meeting

09:00-17:30          Hands-On Cadaver Workshop on Interventional Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation Procedures


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Plenary Speakers and Topics

BPS Lecture - Plenary Session 1

Dr Phil Hammond

Topical Plenary Session 2
Low Back Pain 

  • Regenerative medicine and biological treatment of the spine. Speaker tbc
  • Cognitive Functional Therapy and recent developments in physical rehabilitation. Dr Mary O’Keefe
  • Psychological Interventions for low back pain: start of the art and future directions. Prof Tamar Pincus

Topical Plenary Session 3
Cannabis (Real World Data)

Topical Plenary Session 4
The Big Plenary Debate

NICE or Nasty: Medical paternalism versus patient autonomy: should we be bound to follow professional guidelines?

FOR: Dr Paul Chrisp
AGAINST: Mrs Victoria Abbott-Fleming
Moderator: Patricia Hitchcock QC

Pat Wall Lecture - Plenary Session 5

Dr Vilayanur Ramachandran

Topical Plenary Lecture 6
Fibromyalgia and widespread pain

  • The epigenetics of widespread pain. Dr Frances Williams
  • Is fibromyalgia an autoimmune disease? Dr David Andersson  & Dr Andreas Goebel


Topical Plenary Lecture 7
Pain Research

  • Understanding pain mechanisms – what have we learned from the laboratory? Prof Steve McMahon
  • Big Pharma and big data – lessons from epidemiology. Speaker tbc
  • Clinical effectiveness in persistent pain: navigating the evidence maze. Dr Neil O’Connell

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Parallel Sessions A1-A4

Participants are asked to choose one from the following four sessions below and indicate their preferred option on the online registration form.

A1: Personalised Pain – Biomarkers, Big Data and Biologics in 21st century Pain Management’
Chair: Dr Matthew Brown

  • Biomarkers in pain – are targeted approaches hitting the bullseye or missing the point? Dr David Magee
  • Data in pain medicine – will big data and the medtech revolution change the landscape of pain medicine? Dr Matthew Brown
  • Biologics, targeted therapies and pain – are novel therapies causing novel problems?  Dr Paul Farquhar-Smith


A2: Treating patients involved in litigation: Separating the myths from the truths and optimising clinical outcomes
Chair: Dr Glyn Towlerton

  • Medical interventions in litigating patients: Unravelling the facts from the fiction. Dr Jon Valentine
  • Pain management programmes: Experiences and clinical outcome data from The Walton Centre, Liverpool. Dr Hannah Twiddy 
  • Psychiatric & Psychological intervention: The changing views on the impact of the resolution of litigation on outcome. Dr Paul Mallett 


A3: Developments in neuromodulation
Chair: tbc

  • E-tool for SCS referral and selection. Dr Simon Thompson
  • Sub-threshold spinal cord stimulation at various kilohertz frequencies. Dr Adnan Al Kaisy
  • Neuromodulation – the next 10 years. Prof Tom Yearwood


A4: Data Roaming
Co-Chairs: Felicia Cox & Jane Quinlan 

  • Bench to bedside - Procedure-specific Risk Factor Analysis for the Development of Severe Postoperative Pain. Prof Esther Pogatski-Zahn 
  • How PAIN Out data can impact care delivery. Prof Ruth Zaslansky 
  • Chronic pain in inpatients - UK data from the CHiPS project. Dr Suchita Kanagasundaram
  • Panel discussion

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Parallel Sessions B1-B4

Participants are asked to choose one from the following four sessions below and indicate their preferred option on the online registration form.

B1: Legal implications of Multidisciplinary working or ‘I will just book a little injection’
Co-Chairs: Dr Martin Hey & Dr Glyn Towlerton

  • Aspects of consent and the changing laws. Dr Raj Munglani 
  • Non GMC professionals should not book patients for procedures. Dr Jon Valentine 
  • Non GMC professionals should book patients for procedures. Dr Nick Padfield 


B2: Opioid Tapering
Chair: tbc 
Session details tbc


B3: Beyond the Nervous System: pain modulation via other bodily systems
Chair: Mr Craig Crawley

  • The Body’s Protective Systems – Integrating pain management via the sensory, immune, and endocrine systems. Mr Craig Crawley
  • Dietary advice – the forgotten self-management strategy. Dr Lucy Ward
  • Pain reduction and pain management: integrating pain clinic services. Speaker tbc


B4: How to hit the spot – US guidance vs fluoroscopy for interventional techniques
Chair: tbc

  • Accuracy and safety aspects of lumbar medial branch blocks under US or fluoroscopy control. Speaker tbc  
  • Cervical nerve root blocks are safer than and as precise as fluoroscopy under US control. Dr Athmaja Thottungal
  • Advances of US for pain interventions, where are we and where can we go? Speaker tbc

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Parallel Sessions C1-C4

Participants are asked to choose one from the following four sessions below and indicate their preferred option on the online registration form.

C1: Meeting the needs of older people – advancing work in pain education and pain in older people
Chair: Dr Amelia Swift

  • Updated guidance of management of pain in older people. Mrs Margaret Dunham
  • Using patients’ views and experiences to reform pain education for students and health professionals – findings from a meta-ethnography. Ms Kate Thompson
  • Example of an existing patient centred education tool – FLO’s story. Dr Cormac Ryan and Prof Denis Martin


C2: Radiofrequency ablation: are we doing it right?
Chair: Dr Ganesan Baranidharan

  • Does RF technique influence the outcome? What have we learnt from the available evidence? Dr Stephen Ward
  • What are the obstacles to teaching and learning RF techniques? An overview of Cervical RF ablation technique Dr Sherdil Nath
  • An overview of Lumbar RF ablation technique. Dr Ganesan Baranidharan


C3: Clinicians guide to using Cannabis products in pain management
Chair: Prof Roger Knaggs.

Speakers and topics tbc


C4: Development of a model of care for Inpatient pain services toward better management of patients admitted with chronic and complex pain
Chair: Dr Suchitra Kanagasundaram

  • Chronic and complex pain workload of Inpatient pain services - What next? Dr David Hutchings
  • The role of the physiotherapist in the Inpatient pain team Jackie Walumbe
  • Psychological Interventions – managing the distressed inpatient with complex pain presentation. Dr Zoey Malpus

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