Lorimer Moseley, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy
School of Health Sciences
University of South Australia
Bldg 10, Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Campus
By any metric, persistent pain is one of the most burdensome health problems we face. It is associated with increased risks of depression, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and stroke and is a key player in what is now recognized as a devastating opioid problem. In this talk, Dr. Moseley will present the science and sentiment underlying six target concepts that are at the heart of the Pain Revolution, a community pain education and capacity-building program focusing on rural and regional Australia. He will argue that best practice recommendations—education, active and psychological therapies, and self-management skills—make absolutely no sense according to dominant models of pain, but are completely sensible according to contemporary models that emphasize pain’s biopsychosociality and our remarkable “bioplasticity.” Dr. Moseley will bring his usual mix of scientific rigor, metaphor, and humor to the complex, very serious, and altogether exciting subject of pain.
This Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies will be held as part of “NCCIH at 20: A Catalyst for Integrative Health Research.”