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Professor Ralf Baron
Professor and Head of the Division of Neurological Pain Research and Therapy
Vice Chair, Department of Neurology, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein – Campus Kiel, Kiel

Professor Dr med Ralf Baron is Head of the Division of Neurological Pain Research and Therapy and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet Kiel, in Germany.  From 1999-2004, he served as General Secretary of the German Interdisciplinary Pain Society (DIVS), since 2005 he serves as a Management Committee Member of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG) of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and from 2008-2010 as a board member of the Deutsche Schmerzgesellschaft.  He has been a Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) since 2010.

His main research interest is the pathophysiology and therapy of neuropathic pain states.  He has intensive scientific collaborations with several researchers worldwide, e.g., Professor EM McLachlan, Sydney, Australia, Professor HL Fields, San Francisco, USA, and Professor TS Jensen, Aarhus, Denmark.

Professor Baron is associate editor and reviewer for many scientific journals (Advisory Board Member for Nature Reviews Neurology 2005-present, Associate Editor for Pain 2003-present, and the European Journal of Pain 2006-2012).  He has been the recipient of the German Pain Award, the Heinrich-Pette-Award of the German Neurological Society and the Sertürner-Award.  In 1998 he was awarded a Feodor Lynen fellowship by the German Humboldt Foundation and was visiting professor at the Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco.

Professor Baron has authored more than 200 publications with his outstanding and motivated research team, and has lectured at numerous conferences and symposia worldwide.


Dr Allen Burton
Anesthesiologist, Houston Pain Centers
Houston, Texas
United States

Dr. Allen W. Burton is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist, with added Certification in Pain Medicine. Dr. Burton is a founding partner at Houston Pain Centers ( He was formerly the Chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from 2000-2010.

Dr. Burton obtained his Bachelor of Science at the University of Notre Dame, Medical Doctorate at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed anesthesiology residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, with a pain fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His practice includes the use of pharmacologic, interventional, and behavioral pain management techniques. He lectures and teaches widely in the pain medicine community.

Houston Pain Centers is dedicated to utilizing the most advanced, minimally invasive, and conservative methods available to provide a better quality of life for patients living with chronic pain.

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Professor Marshall Devor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Institute of Life Sciences and Center for Research on Pain
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

Prof. Marshall Devor is the Alpert Professor of Pain Research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). He was born in Toronto, Canada in 1949. His bachelor’s degree is from Princeton University (1970) and his PhD from MIT (1975). He was a postdoctoral fellow with the pain research pioneer Prof. P.D. Wall at University College London and after making aliya at HUJI. There he progressed from Research Associate (1977) to Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and finally Professor in 1988. He also held positions as Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anatomy at UCSF, the Department of Neuroscience at UCSD and the Department of Neurology at McGill University Medical School in Montreal, and as Visiting Professor of Neurology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School. Among other administrative tasks, he has served as a department chair in the Institute of Life Sciences HUJI (3 terms), Director of the University’s Center for Pain Research, Program Chair for several large international congresses on pain, and on the editorial team of many professional journals in the pain field.

Through his research, Prof. Devor has contributed to the understanding of the physiological basis of neuropathic pain. More recently he has also investigated mechanisms involved loss of consciousness and pain-free surgery. His laboratory has published extensively in the pain field, with work of a notably integrative nature involving neurophysiology, computer simulations, neuroanatomy (light and electron microscopy), genetics, and behavioral models. He is author of nearly 300 publications in the field of pain physiology with over 14,000 career citations (H index = 64).

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Professor Anthony Dickenson
Neuropharmacology in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College, London
United Kingdom

Anthony Dickenson, BSc, PhD, FmedSci, FBPharmcolS is Professor of Neuropharmacology in the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at University College, London, United Kingdom. He gained his PhD at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, and has held posts in Paris, California and Sweden.  His research interests are pharmacology of the brain, including the mechanisms of pain and how pain can be controlled in both normal and pathophysiological conditions, and how to translate basic science to the patient.

Prof. Dickenson is an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society and was a member of the Council of the International Association for the Study of Pain for 6 years and is Section Editor for the journal Pain. He has authored more than 275 refereed publications due to his motivated and brilliant research team; he is a founding and continuing member of the Wellcome Trust funded London Pain Consortium.

Prof. Dickenson has given plenary lectures at the World Congress on Pain, the American Pain Society, the European Pain Congress, the Canadian Pain Society, the Belgium Pain Society, ASEAPs, the Scandinavian Pain Society, the British Pain Society, the Thailand Pain Society, the Irish Pain Society, the Singapore Pain Society, the Australian Pain Society, the New Zealand Pain Society and many other international and national meetings. He has also spoken at the Royal Institution, to GPs and schools on pain.

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Professor Marie Fallon
St Columba’s Hospice Chair of Palliative Medicine, University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Marie Fallon is the St Columba’s Hospice Chair of Palliative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Consultant in Palliative Care at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. Professor Fallon is a founding member of the University of Edinburgh’s Translational Research in Pain Programme, with particular interest in cancer-induced bone pain. She serves as Chief Investigator on a large portfolio of clinical studies, including three investigator-led randomized controlled trials examining improved management of cancer-induced bone pain, neuropathic pain, institutionalization of pain assessment, the role of systematic inflammation, and opioid-induced hyperalgesia. These trials have been/are running throughout the UK in 22 different regional cancer centres and in particular a team in the Beatson West of Scotland Oncology Centre Glasgow, which mirrors the Edinburgh team. Professor Fallon’s team are undertaking to answer a series of challenging clinical questions in relation to symptom control.

She has an active PhD programme, with palliative medicine, neurology and anaesthetic trainees doing higher degrees.

Professor Fallon is a joint editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine (4th and 5th editions) and editor of the ABC of Palliative Care (two editions) the ABC of Pain and the Textbook of Cancer Pain. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Dimbleby Cancer Care, and the joint Dimbleby Cancer Care/Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Fund and is chair of the Cancer Pain Sub Group of the NCRI Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group. She is a Collaborating Centre Lead for the European Palliative Care Research Centre, Norway.  She is also a Visiting Professor for the European Palliative Care Research Centre.

Marie Fallon has embedded clinical biomarkers in her research programme with the aim of moving towards efficient prediction of the most effective treatments for individual patients.

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Professor Shung-Tai Ho
Vice Superintendent, Taipei Veterans General Hospital
Professor of Anesthesiology, National Defense Medical Center, National Yang-Ming University

Shung-Tai Ho, MD, MS graduated from the Taiwan National Defense Medical Center (NDMC) School of Medicine in 1975 and completed the anesthesia residency training program at Tri-Service General Hospital (TSGH), the principle teaching hospital of NDMC in 1981. Dr. Ho went on to spend a year at the Department of Anesthesiology of the University of Chicago as a research fellow.  In 2000, Dr. Ho graduated from the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine at Tulane University School with a Masters majoring in medical management in 2000.

Upon completing the residency and research training, Dr. Ho was appointed by TSGH as an attending physician, chairman of Anesthesiology Department as well as the hospital deputy superintendent.  Dr. Ho was also promoted to be instructor, associated professor, professor, and dean of medical school at NDMC. Furthermore, from 2003 to 2005, Professor Ho was invited to be the director of the Maternity and Children branch as well as the deputy superintendent in Taipei City Hospital. Currently, Professor Ho serves as a professor of anesthesiology and attending anesthesiologist, and the director of the Center of Excellence for Clinical and Translational research in NDMC/TSGH. Since July 2010, Professor Ho has been appointed both as a vice superintendent of Taipei Veterans General Hospital as well as an adjunct professor of NDMC and National Yang-Ming University.

Given Professor Ho’s many contributions to Taiwan anesthesiology and pain medicine, he was not only elected as the president of the Taiwan Society of Anesthesiologists for two terms in a row (1994 to 1998), but he was also the president of the Taiwan Pain Society (1993-1995).  In academia, Professor Ho has 309 peer-review papers, of which 152 papers were published in SCI journals.  In addition, he has earned five patents and one technology transfer.  With regards to the public sector, Professor Ho is honorably appointed as a consultant by the Department of Health and the Ministry of Economics.  With his dedication to clinical trial and the inspection, Professor Ho has also completed 23 clinical trials and acted as the coordinator of Taiwan GCP inspection.

Professor Frank Huygen
Professor in Anesthesiology, Director Pain Treatment and Research Centre, University Hospital Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Frank Huygen is working as an Anesthesiologist pain specialist in the University Hospital “Erasmus Medical Centre” in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Since 2009 he is appointed as Professor in Anesthesiology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is director of the centre of pain medicine. This centre is a multidisciplinary pain clinic specialised in acute, chronic benign and oncologic pain and palliative care. Frank Huygen is graduated as fellow of interventional pain practice. He is certified for complex invasive pain treatment modalities like neuromodulation and epiduroscopy. He is especially interested in the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

In 2004, he received a PhD on writing a thesis titled “Neuroimmune alterations in the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”. He is responsible for and/or participating in several researchlines focussing especially on CRPS, neuropathic and oncologic pain. Since 2004 he finished successfully 5 PhD copromotorships and 2 promotorships. He wrote over more than one hundred articles, chapters in books and journals. He is involved in the education of medical students and responsible for the training of anesthesia residents and anesthesia fellows in pain treatment.

He is the past elected president of the Dutch Anaesthesia Pain Society. He was chairman of a national disease management programme on neuropathic pain. He is chairman of a national multidisciplinary guideline committee on mechanical low back pain. He is member of several international scientific advisory boards on pain and pain treatment. He is and was involved in the organisation of several national and international symposia and congresses on pain. He is member of the editorial board of “Painpractice” In 2011 he received the IASP research international collaboration grant.

Frank Huygen is in January 2013 appointed as member of the central disciplinary tribunal for healthcare in The Netherlands.

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Professor Ru-Rong Ji
Professor and Chief of Pain Research
Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center
United States

Dr. Ji received his PhD degree from Shanghai Institute of Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He had his research trainings with leaders in the field including Prof. Ji-Sheng Han (Peking University), Prof. Tomas Hokfelt (Karolinska Institute, Sweden), and Clifford Woolf (Harvard Medical School, Boston). Currently he is a Distinguished Professor at the Duke University Medical Center. Before moving to Duke University, he had been a faculty at Harvard Medical School for 14 years.

Dr. Ji has been doing pain research for over 20 years. He is internationally recognized for demonstrating important roles of MAP kinase signaling pathways and glial cells in the pathogenesis of chronic pain.  His current research focuses on how neuroinflammation and glial activation regulate synaptic transmission and chronic pain. His work covers both pro-inflammatory mediators (cytokines and chemokines) and novel anti-inflammatory mediators (resolvins and protectin). He has contributed more than 130 peer-reviewed publications,

Dr. Ji serves as editorial board member for several international journals including Pain (Associate editor), Anesthesiology (Associate editor), Neuroscience Bulletin (Associate editor), Neuroscience (board member), and The Open Pain Journal (Chief Editor).  He has been invited to give numerous lectures all over the world, including plenary lecture at the 14th World Congress on Pain in Milan.

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Professor Lixing Lao
Professor and Director, School of Chinese Medicine, University of Hong Kong, China
Adjunct Professor, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA

Lixing Lao, Ph.D., CMB (China), L.Ac. is a Professor and Director of the School of Chinese Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Family Medicine, the Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM), University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), School of Medicine, Maryland, USA. He has been recently appointed as a professor and director of the School of Chinese Medicine, University of Hong Kong. Dr. Lao graduated from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in 1983 and completed his Ph.D. in physiology at the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1992.

As a licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lao has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for 30 years and served as a Board member for five years on the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture.  He is principal investigator and co-investigator on over 20 clinical trials and pre-clinical studies in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD), USA. He is particularly interested in conducting translational research that bridges basic science, clinical trials, and “real world” acupuncture clinical practice. He established the laboratory of TCM research in UMB in 1999 to conduct basic science studies on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and leads a lab research team.

Widely recognized for his unique contributions to acupuncture/TCM research methodology, he publishes and lectures extensively in this field. He has been actively published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and over 10 book chapters. He has also given over 250 presentations at national and international conferences/symposia. Dr. Lao was a board member of the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) and served as a co-president of the SAR for five year (2003-2007). He also serves on editorial boards in number of journals including an editor in the journal of eCAM, associate editor in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, co-Editor in Chief in the Journal of Integrative Medicine.

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Professor Sang Chul Lee
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital

Sang Chul Lee, MD, PhD, FIPP is Professor of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. He received his PhD in 1988 at Postgraduate School, Seoul National University. His training as an anesthesiologist was given at Seoul National University Hospital. He got his board of anesthesiology in 1983, and started to work as faculty at the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine of Seoul National University Hospital and Seoul National University College of Medicine in 1986. He had worked as a chairman of the department from 2007 to 2012.

Prof. Lee is the President of Korean Spinal Pain Society, the President of Korean IASP Chapter, the President of Korean Society of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Chapter, the Director of Institute of Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Medical Research Center of Seoul National University, and a Member of National Academy of Medicine of Korea. He is a Consultant of Korean Society of Diagnostic Thermology. And he was the 16th President (2008. 11-2010. 11) of Korean Society of Anesthesiologists, and was the 14th President (2004. 11-2006. 11) of Korean Pain Society.

Internationally, Prof. Lee is the President of Asian Australasian Federation of Pain Societies, and also a NE Asia Section Leader, Council Member and Board member of FIPP examination of World Institute of Pain. He is an Honarary member of Taiwan Pain Society, and he is also working as an Editorial Board of Acta Anaesthesiologica Taiwanica (Ma Tsui Hsueh Tsa Chi), the official journal of Taiwan Society of Anesthesiologists, an Editorial Board of Journal of Clinical Rehabilitative Tissue Engineering Research (China), and an Editorial Board of Chinese Journal of Anesthesiology, the official journal of Chinese Society of Anesthesiologists. He was the 13th President of World Society of Pain Clinicians (2006-2008) and advisory board member of WSPC.

His main interests are focused on chronic pain management, especially for minimally invasive procedures. He published more than 250 articles with his colleagues, gave more than 110 invited lectures at international meetings and more than 15 invited lectures at foreign hospitals.

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Professor Setsuro Ogawa
Department of Anesthesiology
Surugadai Nihon University Hospital

Prof. Setsuro Ogawa is the President of the Japan Society of Pain Clinicians as well as the President of the Japanese Association for the Study of Chronic Pain.

An honorary member of the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists (JSA), he was presented with the Yamamura Memorial Award in 1989 and 1993.

Prof. Ogawa’s areas of expertise include pain management, management of chronic pain and neuropathic pain, as well as nerve blocks for pain management. His research interest lies in the pain and sympathetic nervous system as well as the pharmacological differential diagnosis of chronic pain.


Professor Robert van Seventer
Erasmus MC, Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Victoria Pain Medicine Centre, Zierikzee
The Netherlands

President, World Society of Pain Clinicians (WSPC)
Honorary member, Taiwan Pain Society
Moderator, Asian Australasian Federation of Pain Societies (AAFPS)
Visiting professor, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan

Robert van Seventer, MD, PhD, qualified in medicine at Leiden University Hospital, The Netherlands, and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the same hospital.

After attending the First World Congress on Pain in 1975 in Florence, Italy, he became founding member of the Dutch IASP chapter in 1976.

Van Seventer continued his work in the field of pain at the Amphia Pain Clinic, founded in 1977, which is located at the Amphia Hospital in Breda and more recently at Erasmus MC, University Hospital Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After retiring as a chair from the Amphia Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Clinic Van Seventer initiated in 2012 a Pain Medicine and Research Centre at the Victoria Kliniek Zierikzee.

His original research efforts in Epiduroscopy, Nucleoplasty, Cavityplasty, Vertebroplasty, ESES, Cordotomy and other minimal invasive techniques under direct vision with the use of a scope for the treatment of pain are well recognized.

As a clinician his work in interventional as well as non-interventional pain treatment and management is patient-centered and closely follow clinical practice. He is an expert on neuropathic pain and treatment options.

Van Seventer has considerable experience of clinical trials by participating in at least 30 multi-centre studies over the last 10 years.

He lectures and is teaching nationally and internationally in the field at numerous conferences, courses and symposia and several original papers on pain were published.

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Dr Chris Wells
Consultant, Pain Matters Limited
United Kingdom

Dr J C D (Chris) Wells works as a specialist in pain medicine.  He was a Director of the Walton Centre for pain relief from 1983 to 1994.  Subsequently he has worked in private and NHS practice as a consultant.

He is Present Elect of the European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC), and becomes President in May 2014.  He is a Trustee of the WIP Foundation.

Dr Wells has been made an honorary member of the British Pain Society and NeuPSig of which he is a founder member.


Information updated on 1 October 2013