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Chronic Pain: The Science of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches

Date: September 11, 2018

Boston Convention Center

Event Description

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Boston Convention Center

Sponsors and Scientific Support:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
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



9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
The Pain Management Crisis: Hope Through Research


9:25 a.m. – Noon 
Session One: The Mechanisms of Diets and Natural Products in Pain Management

Inna Belfer, M.D., Ph.D. (Moderator)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Jeremiah Osteen, Ph.D.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals 
Using natural products to identify molecular pathways for nociception

Andrea G. Hohmann, Ph.D.
Indiana University
Harnessing the therapeutic potential of the endocannabinoid signaling system to suppress neuropathic pain 

Ru-Rong Ji, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center
Resolution of pain, inflammation, and neuroinflammation by DHA-derived pro-resolving mediators and complementary treatments 

Susan Masino, Ph.D.
Trinity College
Ketogenic diet, adenosine, and pain

Edward Boyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Kratom and other cool things: new ways to decrease opioid use and treat pain?


Noon – 1:20 p.m. Lunch Break


1:20 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Session Two: The Mechanisms of Mind and Body Approaches in Pain Management

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D. (Moderator)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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

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

Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D.
Wake Forest School of Medicine
The role of endogenous opioids in slow breathing practices: a graded-analytical dissection of mindfulness-based analgesia

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


3:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Session Three: Translational Strategies for Complementary and Integrative Approaches in Chronic Pain Management 


Wen G. Chen, M.M.Sc., Ph.D. (Moderator)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

William Maixner, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Duke University
Biopsychosocial and genomic variables for individualized integrative pain care – the horizon

Tor Wager, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Boulder
Neuroimaging-based biomarkers for pain: from measures to interventions

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
Translation of complementary and integrative medicine into clinical practice 


Discussion 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Patients’ Perspectives and General Discussion