Psychoneurobiological Mechanisms of Placebo Effects: Recent Evidence and Clinical Implications

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Tuesday, 4 August 2020
09:30 – 16:30


G107 (RAI Amsterdam)


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Event/Session Summary

Psychoneurobiological Mechanisms of Placebo Effects: Recent
Evidence and Clinical Implications

Full Day SIG Satellite Symposium
Hosted By: Pain and Placebo SIG

Placebo research has played an important role in the development of our understanding of how placebo effects influence pain and treatment outcomes (e.g. patient-provider communication, conditioning). This symposium showcases the most recent advances in this area, highlighting specific psychoneurobiological pathways that have been demonstrated to alter pain and treatment effects. The symposium includes 12 presentations from global leaders in the placebo field whose research advances upon current understanding of the way in which placebo and nocebo effects work and which neurobiological and psychological mechanisms play a role. Moreover, the most recent insights into clinical practice and recommendations are discussed.

Preliminary Agenda


Symposium Begins


Opening Remarks
The Nocebo Effect: How Pain is Generated from Nothing

Fabrizio Benedetti (Italy)

Predicting Individual Differences in Placebo Analgesia from Brain and Genetics
Tor Wager, PhD (USA)

Genetics of Placebo Analgesia: More Than One SNP
Luana Colloca, MD, PhD (USA)


Morning Coffee Break

How May Knowledge of Placebo and Nocebo Mechanisms Inform Clinical Trials and Practice?  

Lene Vase, PhD (Denmark)

Expectation Effects in Pain: Predictors and Mechanisms
Christian Buechel (Germany)

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Nocebo Effects in Pain  
Ulrike Bingel, MD, PhD (Germany)


Lunch Break

Expectancies and Counterconditioning to Change Nocebo Effects in Pain 

Andrea Evers, PhD (Netherlands)

Providing Control Over Treatment Administration Facilitates Placebo Analgesia
Ben Colagiuri, PhD (Australia)

Placebo and Nocebo Effects in Visceral Pain
Sigrid Elsenbruch, PhD (Germany) 


Afternoon Coffee Break

Changing Patient's Expectation in Pain and Depression

Winfried Rief, PhD (Germany)

Can Positive Treatment Expectancies Reduce Clinical Back Pain Despite in Patients with Chronic Back Pain?
Regine Klinger, PhD (Germany)

Transitional Placebo Effects: From the Hospital to the Community Setting
Damien Finniss, MD, PhD (Australia)


Closing Remarks


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