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"Gender Differences in Visceral Pain"

19 and 20 September 2013

Dronninglund Slot, Slotsgade 8, 9330 Dronninglund


Preliminary program for Gender Differences in Visceral Pain


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Associate Professor Parisa Gazerani, Center for Sensory Motor Interaction, Aalborg University, Denmark

Professor Asbjørn M. Drewes, Department of Gastroenterology, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark

Global Year Against Pain has been launched by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) from Oct 2012 to Oct 2013 with this year's focus on "Global Year Against Visceral Pain". Along with this global initiative, the European Year against Visceral Pain has also started to give a special priority to visceral pain. The program has been launched by the European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC). The overall aim of this annual campaign is to attract global attention on pain that originates in or near the internal organs of the body to improve diagnosis and treatment of visceral pain among all specialist areas in cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecology and internal medicine. In addition, visceral pain has been subject to much less research than pain from tissue damage or nerve injuries and requires dedicated pain researchers to focus on this type of pain. Visceral pain conditions in women should receive higher attention as those are not only more prevalent and persistent, but also may be more insidious, complex, and difficult to diagnose or treat. This places women at greater risk than men for prolonged episodes of pain from internal organs associated with a low quality of life and more sick leaves. Chronic visceral pain can also pose a significant burden to health care system and society and needs a general awareness for public.

The Symposium objective is to address main concepts in visceral pain with a focus on visceral pain conditions, diagnosis, challenges and treatments. Many details in this context have not yet been clarified. For instance detailed mechanism of sex related differences and the issue of why women are affected more frequently than men. Clarification and addressing these issues will ultimately lead to better diagnosis and treatment strategies and will definitely enhance patients' quality of life.

Form and presentations
The symposium includes presentations by invited speakers from both academia and pharmaceutical industries discussing cutting edge topics in visceral pain and gender differences.

Target audiences and expected outcome
The symposium is designed to attract both clinicians and researchers in the field of visceral pain, management and drug development and those who are particularly interested in sex related differences in pain. We expect to have both national and international participants. PhD students, residents, and clinical fellows are also encouraged to participate.

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