OPIUM: Oxford Pain Interdisciplinary Update Meeting

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A 3 day meeting held at Oriel College, Oxford from Thursday 16th December until Saturday 18th December 2010. Oxford Pain: Interdisciplinary Update Meeting (OPIUM) is a unique meeting designed to encourage collaboration between researchers and clinicians, drawing on Oxford’s international reputation both in pain research and as a centre of clinical excellence.

This year OPIUM has grown to become a 3 day residential meeting in Oriel College, one of the oldest colleges of Oxford University.

The research theme has been developed further to include interactive workshops on current and developing research tools. Our hope is that this will enable clinicians to better understand and appraise research literature, and generate discussion with basic scientists to develop areas of collaborative research relevant to clinical practice.

The meeting is aimed at:

- Clinicians with a pain interest, who wish to further their medical expertise, develop their research appreciation and forge alliances with the research community
- Basic science researchers who wish to understand clinical problems in pain medicine and issues surrounding the translation of research into medical practice, and to develop links with clinicians to advance patient-centred research

The meeting has been organised by:

Dr Jane Quinlan
Consultant in anaesthesia and acute pain management
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford

Speakers include:

Prof Tony Dickenson
University College, London, UK
Descending pathways in the pathophysiology of pain

Prof Herta Flor
Mannheim, Germany
Brain mechanisms of phantom limb pain

Lt Col John Etherington
Director Defence rehabilitation, UK
Military experience of rehabilitation after amputation

Dr Beverly Collett
University Hospitals of Leicester, UK
The politics of pain

Prof Chris Eccleston
Director, Centre for Pain Research, Bath, UK
CBT for pain relief

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