Structural Plasticity and Reorganization in Chronic Pain
Heidelberg, Germany, September 19-20, 2011
Neural plasticity is a key mechanism underlying chronic pain. Although functional changes in pain states have been the focus of many studies and symposia, less attention has been paid to the fact that tremendous potential for plasticity exists at the level of structure, connectivity and representation of pain. Importantly, structural plasticity can occur at various anatomical and temporal scales and can account for the very long-term nature and persistence of pain observed in pathological states. Therefore, there is a need for bringing together international experts to discuss changes in structure, connectivity and representation of pain in chronic pain states. This symposium aims to discuss latest insights on structural changes and reorganization at all anatomical levels of pain pathways and will span novel data in patients and animal models.
This looks an interesting meeting- it is the first of its kind and we may start to see more progress in the field. I wonder how long it will take to filter through to gynaecologists, urologists etc. We won't be attending as it clashes with another meeting about surgery which is in London. However I know a couple of the researchers involved in the Heidelberg meeting.