Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Pain is the most common reason for seeking medical care. Chronic pain can result from multiple pathologies including trauma, metabolic alterations, genetic diseases or the adverse side effects of cancer treatments. Chronic itch is also prevalent and can be triggered by different skin and systemic disorders. The medical and socioeconomic costs attached to their treatments are huge. In the quest for safer and more effective treatments, a deeper understanding of the mechanisms involved in chronic pain and itch are needed.

The aim of this workshop is to provide an update on important developments that have taken place in this field in the last few years, with a focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms of pain and itch in experimental animals models, and the application of novel technologies to decipher the structure and function of neural circuits involved in chronic pain and itch. The ultimate goal is to harness this knowledge into the development of novel therapeutic strategies.

The program includes speakers at different stages of their research career, including keynote lectures by some key figures in pain research. There will be three poster sessions with time to present and discuss the findings in a relaxed setting that includes ample gardens and outdoor spaces. The nature of the venue and the structure of the program will facilitate the interaction between participants. Many slots in the program have been reserved for oral presentations by registrants. The Scientific Committee will select the oral presentations based on the abstracts submitted.

The program includes sessions on the following themes:

  • Transduction molecules for touch, pain and itch
  • Mechanisms of mechanical pain
  • Mechanisms of chronic itch
  • Chemotherapy-related pain
  • Trigeminal pain and migraine
  • Development and application of novel technologies to interrogate pain circuits
  • Spinal circuits involved in pain and itch

Due to current sanitary guidelines, attendance will we restricted to a maximum of 100 participants, strictly selected based on date of registration and payment.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Alicante in 2021!

Dra. Elvira de la Peña García
Instituto de Neurociencias, UMH-CSIC, (San Juan de Alicante, Spain)

Dr. Augusto Escalante
Instituto de Neurociencias, UMH-CSIC, (San Juan de Alicante, Spain)

Dra. Ana Gomis García
Instituto de Neurociencias, UMH-CSIC, (San Juan de Alicante, Spain)

Dr. Francisco Taberner Sanchís
Instituto de Neurociencias, UMH-CSIC, (San Juan de Alicante, Spain)