Speakers 2021

Meet some of the speakers for the 2021 Pain Adelaide conference, Monday 18 October at the National Wine Center Adelaide…  possibly the best little pain meeting in the world….

Dr Inge Timmers


Inge Timmers is an early career researcher focusing on the psychology and neuroscience of persistent pain. Currently, she is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Maastricht University (the Netherlands), while holding a Visiting Scholar position at the Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain (BPP) Lab at Stanford University (United States) and a Visiting Professorship at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium).

Her research focuses on biobehavioral factors that play a role in the development and the maintenance of chronic pain (e.g., pain-related fear, catastrophizing, affective responses to pain), with a major interest in pediatric chronic pain. Her research leverages neuroimaging, experimental designs, self-reports and psychophysiological assessments to unravel underlying mechanisms and contributors to chronic pain and its treatment. Her work has received funding from various sources, including the European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action), Maternal and Child Health Research Institute at Stanford University, and Health Foundation Limburg (SWOL).

Find her on Twitter: @Inge__Timmers, and find more information on IngeTimmersPhD.com.

Prof Cesar Fernandez

Cesar Fernandez

Dr. Fernández-de-las-Peñas received his Degree in Physical Therapy from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain in 2000. He received a Post-Graduate Diploma in Spinal Manipulative Therapy (6 years) and Osteopathy (DO) from the Scientific European Osteopathic Society in 2005-06. He reached his first PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2007 at the Sensory-Motor Interaction Centre (SMI) in Aalborg University (Denmark) under the supervision of Prof. Lars Arendt-Nielsen. He also finished a second PhD degree in 2008 at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Dr. Fernández-de-las-Peñas c works as clinical researcher and teacher at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos since 2001 and he is the Head Division of the Pain Lab of the same University. He works in private practice specialized in chronic pain from 2000 in Madrid, Spain. He has published around 550 peer-reviewed publications. He has participated in 60 conferences with related published proceedings and has given several lectures at national and international meetings/workshops /seminars. He is involved in musculoskeletal pain symptoms developed as post-COVID sequelae and the definition and identification of long COVID

Dr An De Groef

An De Groef Photo

An De Groef graduated as Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at KU Leuven in 2012. During her PhD at KU Leuven she coordinated several research projects on the effectiveness of physical therapy for prevention and treatment of upper limb pain after breast cancer treatment. Currently, she combines postdoctoral fellowship with an appointment as assistant professor at the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven. Her topic of interest is the evaluation, prevention and treatment of different comorbidities, including pain, upper limb dysfunctions and sensory dysfunctions in different cancer populations.


Prof Michele Sterling

Michele Sterling_cropped versionProfessor Michele Sterling is the program leader of the Improving health outcomes after musculoskeletal injury program at RECOVER Injury Research Centre. She is the director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries. She has a discipline background as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and is a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Her main focuses of research are: the physiological and psychological factors underlying musculoskeletal pain and injury, the prediction of outcome following whiplash injury, and the clinical translation of research findings to clinical practice. She is an associate editor of Pain Reports and the European Journal of Physiotherapy and serves on the editorial board of JOSPT and Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. Professor Sterling is an elected council member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and chair of the Scientific Committee for the Australian Pain Society. She has received numerous awards for her research including The University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award in 2005.

Dr David Klyne

DavidDr David Klyne is a Fulbright Scholar and Research Fellow at the Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health, at The University of Queensland. Here he leads an international team of researchers that probe the bio-psycho-social mechanisms that underlie pain and the transition to chronicity. His niche is in understanding the neuro-immune pathways involved and how they can be targeted with interventions using a blend of basic and clinical sciences and his skills and knowledge gained through his four degrees – neuro-immunology (PhD), molecular biology (Master), physiotherapy (Doctorate) and applied sciences (Bachelor). This work has received international acclaim, including winning the ISSLS Prize – the premier international prize in spinal research – twice (in 2018 and 2019).

Dr Melissa Day


Dr. Day completed her MA and Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology and post-doctoral research fellowship in pain psychology at the University of Washington. She is now an endorsed Clinical Psychologist and Health Psychologist in Australia, and works as an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. Dr. Day’s program of research has focused on implementing randomised controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy and mechanisms of cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based interventions for chronic pain conditions. She recently published a sole authored book with Wiley titled, “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Pain: A Clinical Manual and Guide”.

Prof Paul Hodges