Studying molecular mechanisms of chronic pain has been an important focus of pain research. However, the nature and plasticity of neural circuits that mediate the sensory and emotional components of pain are still enigmatic. This conference will focus on interrogating, discussing and debating structural and functional understanding of circuits and networks underlying sensory and affective components of pain and their modulation by circumstances which induce structural reorganization and functional plasticity, including disease states, negative emotions and stress. Therefore, this meeting will bring together internationally leading thinkers and experts with next generation puzzle-solvers to discuss latest insights and advances on neural circuits at all levels in pain pathways and will cover novel data in basic science as well as clinical research. The venues of the symposium are centrally situated in historic parts of the cities of Heidelberg and Schwetzingen and are easily accessible via public transportation. There is sufficient time after the satellite symposium to travel to the EFIC meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark. The number of attendees will be limited to approximately 150-180 to facilitate scientific exchange.
On behalf of the Heidelberg Pain Consortium we are looking forward to welcoming you in Heideberg.
– Rohini Kuner & Herta Flor, June 2017