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Chronic Pain: The Science of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches

September 11, 2018

Boston Convention Center

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Event Description

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Satellite Symposium

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Boston Convention Center


National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Consortium


  • Present the past, present, and future of natural products research and pain management, focusing on our current understanding of the ascending and descending neural mechanisms by which different natural products may contribute to analgesia 
  • Ascertain the mechanisms by which a variety of mind and body approaches may modulate pain   
  • Discuss translational potential for complementary and integrative approaches for individual-based chronic pain management


  • Register for the 1-day symposium at the IASP Web site:
  • Once you have created a free IASP account, you can choose to register for a Satellite Symposium only. Choose the Satellite Symposium “Chronic Pain: The Science of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches.” 
  • The registration fee is $20 for the 1-day symposium


Draft Agenda:

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.  

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Overview of the Current Public Health Challenges and the Roles of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches in Pain Management 

8:55 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Session One: The Mechanisms of Diets and Natural Products in Pain Management

Jeremiah Osteen, Ph.D.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals 
Neural mechanisms modulated by natural products 

Andrea G. Hohmann, Ph.D.
Indiana University
Engagement of the endocannabinoid pathway for pain regulation 

Ru-Rong Ji, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Omega-3/DHA, anti-inflammatory and pro-resolving mechanisms of pain

Susan Masino, Ph.D.
Trinity College 
Ketogenic diet, adenosine receptor-mediated pathway in pain regulation 

Edward Boyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School 
Kratom and other natural herbs for pain management 

11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Lunch Break

12:40 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. 
Session Two: The Mechanisms of Mind and Body Approaches in Pain Management

M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D. 
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Overview of neural circuits engaged in pain regulation 

Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D.
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Meditation and Breathing – bypassing endogenous opioid pathways 

Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc. 
University of Copenhagen
Acupuncture analgesia via the adenosine A1 receptor pathway 

Vitaly Napadow, Ph.D., LAc
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Neural mechanisms supporting patient/clinician therapeutic alliance for mind and body approaches 

2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Break

2:50 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Session Three: Translational Strategies for Complementary and Integrative Approaches in Chronic Pain Management 

William Maixner, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Duke University
Incorporation of genomic science for individualized integrative pain care 

Tor Wager, Ph.D.
University of Colorado, Boulder
Incorporation of neuroimaging signature for individualized integrative pain care 

Ralf Baron, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Kiel
Incorporation of behavioral phenotypes (quantitative sensory testing) for individualized integrative pain care

Susmita Kashikar-Zuck, Ph.D.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
The state of clinical pain care with complementary and integrative approaches 

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Patients’ Perspectives and General Discussion


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