European Pain School®

at the University of Siena

European Pain School®

at the University of Siena

EPS 2021 • Pain, Inflammation and the Guts

Online • 14-19 June 2021

Pain, Inflammation and the Guts

Online • 14-19 June 2021



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Ln Faculty Lectures (L1-L19)
Sn Scholars’ Oral Presentations (S1-S27)

  • Mon, 14 June
  • Tue, 15 June
  • Wed, 16 June
  • Thu, 17 June
  • Fri, 18 June
  • Sat, 19 June
  • Monday, 14 June

    14:30-15:00 Opening
    15:00-15:40 L1 From Nociceptors to Nocebo and Back - 50 years of Pain Research
    Hermann Handwerker (Erlangen, Germany)
    15:40-15:52 S1 Interventional approach
    Role of neuromodulation non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) in the management of migraine
    Habenom Gedey (Edmonton, Canada)
    15:52-16:04 S2 The motor cortex to reduce pain... Do I have a motor myself?
    Marie-Philippe Harvey (Sherbrooke, Canada)
    16:04-16:16 S3 Estrogen, receptors and menopause
    Sofia Peparini (Siena, Italy)
    16:16-16:56 L2 Menstrual Pain Disorders
    Felice Petraglia (Florence, Italy)
    16:56-17:26 Coffee break
    17:26-17:38 S4 Investigation of TRPA1 and TRPM8 induced vascular and behavioural responses in ageing
    Brentton Barrett (London, UK)
    17:38-17:50 S5 DNIC impairment in joint inflammatory pain arises in parallel with impairment of the descending noradrenergic inhibition and development of anxiodepressive-like behaviors
    Raquel Pereira da Silva (Oporto, Portugal)
    17:50-18:30 L3 Behavioral studies on thermal, mechanical, and spontaneous pain
    Federico Montechiaro (Ugo Basile Srl, Gemonio, Italy)
    18:30-19:00 Open Discussion, Q&A
    19:00-19:30 Views & Chat


  • Tuesday, 15 June

    14:30-15:00 Views & Chat
    15:00-15:40 L4 Understanding Visceral Pain
    Fernando Cervero (Montreal, Canada)
    15:40-15:52 S6 Autoantibodies – a novel contributor to pain in Fibromyalgia?
    Joana Menezes (Stockholm, Sweden)
    15:52-16:04 S7 Interplay between early life stress and estrogen on colonic sensitivity, intestinal inflammation and anxiety-like behavior in a spontaneous model of functional gastro-intestinal disorders
    Alison Accarie (Leuven, Belgium)
    16:04-16:16 S8 Immune cells in the dorsal root ganglia could be important contributors to sex differences in pain biology of the rheumatoid arthritis model CAIA
    Zerina Kurtovic (Solna, Sweden)
    16:16-16:56 L5 Colonic Pain Models and What They Told Us
    Peter Reeh (Erlangen, Germany)
    16:56-17:26 Coffee break
    17:26-17:38 S9 Effects of the diabetic metabolite methylglyoxal on human nociceptors
    Miriam Düll (Erlangen, Germany)
    17:38-17:50 S10 Effects of buprenorphine on acute pain and inflammation in the adjuvant-induced monoartritis rat model
    Mie Schou Berke (Conpenhagen, Denmark)
    17:50-18:30 L6 Neuroinflammation and Cytokines in Spinal Hyperexcitability Causing Joint Pain
    Andrea Ebersberger (Jena, Germany)
    18:30-19:00 Open Discussion, Q&A
    19:00-19:30 Views & Chat


  • Wednesday, 16 June

    14:30-15:00 Views & Chat
    15:00-15:40 L7 Visceral Pain-Associated Interoception: Influence on Emotion, Affect and Cognition
    Peter Holzer (Graz, Austria)
    15:40-16:16 L8 QST: from small fiber to central pain processing
    Ofrit Bar-Bachar (Medoc, Ramat Yishai, Israel)
    16:16-16:56 L9 Input from Nutrition and Microbiome
    Peter Holzer (Graz, Austria)
    16:56-17:26 Coffee break
    17:26-17:38 S11 Trigeminal sensory neuronal groups innervating the masseter muscle
    Karen Lindquist (San Antonio, TX, USA)
    17:38-17:50 S12 Distinct stress paradigms alter the role of norepinephrine in stress-induced antinociception
    Loc Thang (Saint Louis, MI, USA)
    17:50-18:30 L10 Gut Feelings about Sensory TRP Channels and their Pathophysiological Relevance
    Karel Talavera (Leuven, Belgium)
    18:30-19:00 Open Discussion, Q&A
    19:00-19:30 Views & Chat


  • Thursday, 17 June

    14:30-15:00 Views & Chat
    15:00-15:40 L11 The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis in Pain
    Siobhain O'Mahony (Cork, Ireland)
    15:40-15:52 S13 A strategy for evaluating sex differences in visceral pain-stimulated and pain-depressed behaviors in mice
    Clare Diester (Richmond, VA, USA)
    15:52-16:04 S14 Food addiction assessment in a non-clinical sample of the Italian population. A pilot study
    Elvira Rostanzo (Siena, Italy)
    16:04-16:16 S15 Visceral sensitivity modulation by faecal microbiota transplantation: the active role of gut bacteria in post-inflammatory pain persistence
    Elena Lucarini (Florence, Italy)
    16:16-16:56 L12 Pregnancy and Beyond: Role of the Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis
    Siobhain O'Mahony (Cork, Ireland)
    16:56-17:26 Coffee break
    17:26-17:38 S16 Functional characterization of Piezo channels in neurons and glial cells in the trigeminal nociceptive system
    Adriana Della Pietra (Kuopio, Finland)
    17:38-17:50 S17 Thalidomide induces peripheral neuropathy by oxidative stress-mediated TRPA1 and TRPV4 activation
    Mustafa Titiz (Florence Italy)
    17:50-18:30 L13 TRP channels in Migraine, Neuropathic and Cancer Pain
    Pierangelo Geppetti (Florence, Italy)
    18:30-19:00 Open Discussion, Q&A
    19:00-19:30 Views & Chat


  • Friday, 18 June

    14:30-15:00 Views & Chat
    15:00-15:40 L14 Gut Visceral Pain: Triggers and Pathways
    Nathalie Vergnolle (Toulouse, France)
    15:40-15:52 S18 Treatment of abnormal visceral sensation by novel methods of blocking pain
    Yoav Mazor (Jerusalem, Israel)
    15:52-16:04 S19 Modulatory effect of resveratrol on nociceptive thresholds in rotenone model of parkinson’s disease in mice
    Ahmed Sherif Isa (Zaria, Nigeria)
    16:04-16:16 S20 Antagonism of peripheral opioid receptors by methylnaltrexone does not prevent morphine tolerance in rats
    Kim Blomqvist (Helsinki, Finland)
    16:16-16:56 L15 Microbial Approaches to Treat Visceral Pain
    Nathalie Vergnolle (Toulouse, France)
    16:56-17:26 Coffee break
    17:26-17:38 S21 Impact of prenatal stress on visceral sensitivity and intestinal homeostasis in adulthood
    Camille Petitfils (Toulouse, France)
    17:38-17:50 S22 Adolescent psychophysical stress and nerve growth factor: a synergistic interaction on the sensitization of the rat spinal cord
    Sathish Kumar Singaravelu (Mannheim, Germany)
    17:50-18:30 L16 Neuroimmune Interactions in Model s of Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Marzia Malcangio (London, UK)
    18:30-19:00 Open Discussion, Q&A
    19:00-19:30 Views & Chat


  • Saturday, 19 June

    14:30-15:00 Views & Chat
    15:00-15:40 L17 Plasticity and Redundancy in Nociceptive Mechanisms
    John N. Wood (London, UK)
    15:40-15:52 S23 Unique molecular characteristics of visceral afferents arising from different levels of the neuraxis
    Kimberly Meerschaert (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
    15:52-16:04 S24 Endoplasmic reticulum stress sensor in acute and chronic pain
    Miriam das Dores Fonseca (Winston-Salem, NC, USA)
    16:04-16:16 S25 Current aspects regarding “smart homes”/ ambient assisted living (AAL) including rehabilitation specific devices, for people with disabilities/ special needs
    Irina Anghel (Bucharest, Romania)
    16:16-16:56 L18 Control of Pain and Inflammation: the Model of Tonic Immobility
    Giancarlo Carli (Siena, Italy)
    16:56-17:26 Coffee break
    17:26-17:38 S26 Evaluation of the folate content in gluten-free school meals
    Lucia Bioletti (Siena, Italy)
    17:38-17:50 S27 Role of diet in women with chronic non-cancer pain
    Ilenia Casini (Siena, Italy)
    17:50-18:30 L19 Hormonal Modulation of Pain
    Anna Maria Aloisi (Siena, Italy)
    18:30-19:00 Open Discussion, Q&A
    19:00-19:30 Views & Chat