Save the date: PainAdelaide 2022

Pain Adelaide

PainAdelaide is on again, Monday 31st October 2022 at the National Wine Centre. Make sure you put it in your diary and register your interest below if you are not already on our mailing list to be one of the first to know when registrations open.

We are currently working on the program but once again it will be another stellar line up for what is possibly the best little pain meeting in the world.

Registrations are now OPEN

Registrations are NOW OPEN for probably the best little pain meeting in the world – PainAdelaide 2018!

We are back at the National Wine Centre, Monday 19th March and as per previous years, Numbers are strictly limited so you will need to be quick.

Check out this line-up:

Dr Laura Simons is Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. With a Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology and post-doctoral training at Boston Children’s Hospital, Laura’s team investigates the biological, neurological, cognitive, affective, and social risk and resiliency factors of persistent pain in adolescents.

Dr Jennifer Stinson is Mary Jo Haddad Nursing Chair in Child Health and an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Chronic Pain Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada. Her major clinical research interests are in the area of pain and symptom management and the use of e-health (internet) and m-health (mobile phones) technologies to improve the assessment and management of pain and other symptoms in  chronic illnesses.

But that’s not all! You also get:

A/Prof Sarah Spencer from RMIT will talk to us about metabolism stress and inflammation,

Dr Gila Moalem-Taylor from University of NSW will wax lyrical about immune mechanisms in neuropathic pain,

Prof Jakob Hohwy from Monash will enlighten us about consciousness and philosophy of mind,

Dr Chris Williams from University of Newcastle will talk up the role of pain within diseases that kill us,

Don’t forget the Infamous PainAdelaide Q&A hosted by Stellar Sam Whittle and a couple of local stars thrown in.

We are back at the National Wine Centre again and as per previous years, Numbers are strictly limited so you will need to be quick.

Registration can be done via the link below, cost is $120 for full registration, Students are $80 (copy of student id needs to be emailed through along with supervisors name), payment is by Visa or Mastercard.

PainAdelaide 2018 Registration

Registrations will close Monday 12th March, unless booked out prior

Ride for Pain

Did you know that chronic pain is the planet’s most burdensome health issue?

Did you know that it costs our communities more than cancer and diabetes combined? Not to mention the massive social, economic and emotional burden on sufferers and their families – over 15% of Australians have a chronic pain condition that reduces their quality of life.

Scientific evidence shows that the first step towards reducing this massive burden is to increase understanding of the problem and its solution.

PainAdelaide is a collaboration between our three major universities, Pfizer, WorkcoverSA, MAC, The RAH, and SAHMRI (the groovy new medical research building on North Terrace!). We are a network of scientists, health professionals and consumers who are dedicated to taking on this massive challenge.

The Ride for Pain is one way you can help, and help yourself in the process. This is a unique, challenging and altogether fantastic community cycling event. It will be intentionally tough.

We want to give you an insight into what it is like to have chronic pain and what it takes to recover. Everyone either has chronic pain, is related to someone who does, plays, works or goes to school with someone who does – this is everyone’s problem.

Adelaide is one of the most important pain research and management centres on the planet. Now it is your turn to get involved. Take on your pain challenge. Can you ride for six hours? Four? Even two. It is all about YOU conquering YOUR pain challenge.

Start preparing now for what stands to become Adelaide’s premier cycling challenge. Take it on!

“Pain is one of the most awful human experiences, which is what makes it one of the most effective – it makes us protect our body. Chronic pain occurs when biological processes keep telling the brain that the body is in danger. The huge challenge of pain is that it is not simply about your body, but about your brain’s evaluation of threat to your body. The factors that contribute to pain can be really complex and sometimes very difficult to spot. All pain, 100% of the time, is a perception constructed by our brain. Scientific studies clearly show that once we realise this complexity of pain and that pain is an intensely individual and personal thing, once we know it in the belly of our nervous system, we greatly increase our chances of recovery. By riding in the Ride for Pain, you will help us reduce the massive personal and societal cost of chronic pain. We really REALLY appreciate your support.”

Professor Lorimer Moseley PhD FACP

Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & Chair, PainAdelaide

Kevin Vowles is coming to PainAdelaide!

We are very pleased to announce that Associate Professor Kevin Vowles will be joining us at possibly the best little pain meeting in the world, PainAdelaide, on March 30th 2015.
Kevin has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and has been an integral part of developing novel interdisciplinary pain care around the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy framework.

Kevin Vowles

After positions at the University of Bath, and then the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University, he returned to the USA and is now Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico. His is one of the most important voices in the application of ACT to chronic pain and his current clinical research is funded by the US National Institutes of Health (their version of NHMRC). He has written 55 papers and includes the prestigious UK Health Integration Award in his trophy cabinet.

Join Kevin, and some other shining stars – Bob Coghill, Glen King, Peter O’Sullivan, Stuart Brierley to name just a few – at PainAdelaide 2015. Get in early or you might be stuck on the waiting list.
Register here

Bodily illusions and the sense of self

MelSlaterMavi2012 smallHow is it that we know that our body is ours and that we own it? How do we feel our own body? Does how our body feel affect how we think? Our attitudes? Desires? If any of these questions intrigue you, then you will enjoy this special seminar by two of the world’s leading experts in this area.


The University of South Australia, in partnership with University College London and PainAdelaide, present Professor Mel Slater from ICREA-University of Barcelona and University College London and Professor Maria V. Sanchez-Vives, from ICREA (Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies) . Their work has pushed the boundaries of our understanding of the interaction between our sense of body and a range of other thoughts, beliefs and perceptions (information processing in the cerebral cortex, body representation and the use of virtual reality from a neuroscience and medical perspective).


Date Monday 7 July 2014
Time 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue PM-06, Playford Building, City East campus, Click here for campus map
Cost FREE and open to the public
Contact Due to limited places, if you would like to attend this public lecture please email us or contact us on 08 8302 2454 to reserve a place.


Pain AdelaideIt’s on again! The PainAdelaide Stakeholders’ Consortium is proud to present ‘Probably the best little pain meeting in the world’: Bob Coghill | Peter O’Sullivan | Johan Vlaeyen | Glen King | Stuart Brierly | David Butler | Some surprises!

Date: 30 March 2015

We hope to see you again! Mark it off in your diary NOW! To register your interest, contact us and we will put you on the waiting list and send you a registration pack as soon as it’s ready:

Could the gain for chronic pain involve stimulating your brain?


mike riddingWe have been sticking electrodes onto and into people in pain for some time. Considering that the only 100% guaranteed method to relieve pain is to stop your brain working – although this is associated with a substantial risk and side effect profile – Continue reading “Could the gain for chronic pain involve stimulating your brain?”