Multilevel Perspectives on the Social Foundations of Pain

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Date and Time

Tuesday, 4 August 2020
09:00 – 17:00


E108 (RAI Amsterdam)


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Event/Session Summary

Multilevel Perspectives on the Social Foundations of Pain

Full Day SIG Satellite Symposium
Hosted By: Social Aspects of Pain SIG

The inaugural satellite symposium meeting of the IASP Social Aspects of Pain SIG (SocSIG) brings together some of the brightest minds in the field of pain research – both established and emerging – to showcase multilevel perspectives on the social foundations of pain and highlight avenues through which social aspects of pain can be harnessed to improve pain management. Reflecting the scope of social aspects of pain, the full-day program features an interdisciplinary group of basic, clinical, and translational scientists and thought-leaders presenting their latest research into intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and systemic factors underpinning the experience, expression, assessment, and/or management of pain. Social aspects of pain have historically been treated as peripheral rather than fundamental to the study and treatment of pain. The inaugural satellite symposium of the SocSIG will demonstrate that social processes play a defining role in the experience and expression of pain, and as such, play a crucial role in effective pain management.

Preliminary Agenda


Symposium Opening


Interpersonal Factors
Evolutionary Account of Chronic Pain

Amanda C. Williams, PhD (United Kingdom)

Social Neuroscience of Pain
Tor Wager, PhD (USA)

Adverse Childhood Events and the Developmental Psychobiology of Pain
Rebeccah Slater, PhD (United Kingdom)


Morning Coffee Break


Interpersonal Factors

Social Communication Model of Pain: 50 Years of Research 

Kenneth Craig, PhD (Canada)

Pain as a Signal of Social Threat
Kai Karos, PhD (Belgium)

Social Modulation of Pain in Non-Human Animals
Jeffrey Mogil, PhD (Canada)


Lunch Break


Group Factors

Family Dynamics  

Liesbet Goubert, PhD (Belgium)

Social Cohesion and Sense of Belonging
Claire Ashton-James, PhD (Australia)

Race, Ethnicity, and Group Identification
Roger Fillingim, PhD (USA)


Afternoon Coffee Break


Systemic Factors

Pain Rehabilitation for Injured Workers – The Influence of Social Policies

Michael Nicholas, PhD (Australia)

Socioeconomic Disparities and Pain Across the Lifespan
Roger Keller Celeste (not yet confirmed)

Politics of Pain: A View from the Inside
Owen Williamson, MBBS (Canada)


Closing Remarks


Registration Rates

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*The Developing Country rate is available to residents of countries with a gross national income of less than $15,000,
as defined by the World Bank.