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A paradigm shift in understanding and treating back pain

Keynote: Peter O'Sullivan, Dip Physio, Post Grad Dip Manip Ther, PhD, FACP, APAM

Bio: Peter O’Sullivan is Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. In addition to his teaching and research at Curtin University, he works in clinical practice as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2005) in Perth, Australia. He is recognized internationally as a leading clinician, researcher and educator in the management of complex musculoskeletal pain disorders.

Website: Pain-Ed              

Twitter: @PeteSullivanPT

Introduction to Research Literacy/ Make Research Relevant*

Ruth Werner

Bio: Ms. Werner is an educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998, and is now in its 5th edition.

She also writes a column for Massage and Bodywork magazine, serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. Ruth was honored with the AMTA Council of Schools Teacher of the Year Award for 2005. She was also proud to serve as President of the Massage Therapy Foundation from 2010-2014, and she retains a seat as an MTF Trustee.

Website: Ruth Werner

*This video had technical difficulties during the recording process and is not suitable for viewing. Please accept my apologies.

Making Sense Out of Exercise and Pain: A Science-Based Approach To Program Design

Roderick Henderson, PT, ScD, OCS, CSCS

Bio: Dr. Henderson serves as the Clinic Director for Physiotherapy Associates in Crosby, Texas near Houston. In addition to his work in the clinic, he serves as adjunct faculty at The University of Texas Medical Branch- Galveston and the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

He is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr. Henderson lectures extensively on the clinical understanding of pain science, motor learning, and exercise for both healthy and clinical populations. He has a passion for educating patients and fellow professionals!

Website: Head Strong Coach              

Twitter: @HeadStrongPT

Birth and Death Of the Pain Engram

Melissa Farmer, Ph.D.

Bio: Melissa A. Farmer is a clinical psychologist and pain neuroimager at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Her human and animal research has bridged multiple disciplines, including neuroscience, sexual medicine, urology/gynecology, psychophysiology, and philosophy of science, in an attempt to understand the mind-body interactions that culminate in the chronic pain experience.

Website: Research Gate Profile               

Twitter: @Farmer_MindBody

Psychosocial Influences on Pain and Its Treatment

Panel Discussion Chaired by Dr. Jeffrey Mogil

Beth Darnall, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University. She is a pain psychologist and scientist. She is a past President of the Pain Society of Oregon and is current Co-Chair of the Pain Psychology Task Force at the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Her NIH-funded research investigates mechanisms of pain catastrophizing and the effectiveness of a single-session pain catastrophizing treatment she developed. She is author of The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit © 2016 and Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the dangers of prescription opioids and gain control over chronic pain ©2014.  Beth also blogs for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.

Website: Beth Darnall              

Twitter: @BethDarnall

Leonie Koban, Ph.D., is interested in how social factors such as interpersonal relationships, instructions, and social learning influence our experience of emotion and pain.  Her research combines behavioral and physiological measures with functional brain imaging (fMRI) to understand the brain mechanisms that shape subjective experience and mediate the effects of social information on pain and other health-related outcomes.  Dr. Koban was initially trained in Psychology in Germany and has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Website: Univ. of Colorado Professional Page

Christopher Moyer, Ph.D., is a psychological scientist who has used a variety of methods (e.g., meta-analysis, clinical trials, psychophysiological and neuroscientific laboratory assessments, survey construction and administration, et al.), combined with and informed by clinical training and experience, to study when, for whom, and by what mechanisms massage therapy, the manual manipulation of soft tissue intended to promote health, wellness, and performance, can be beneficial. He is also co-editor, with Trish Dryden, of the book Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice.  He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at University of Denver and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Website:  Research Gate Page             

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Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation

Jeffrey Mogil, Ph.D.

Bio: Jeffrey S. Mogil is currently the E.P. Taylor Professor of Pain Studies and the Canada Research Chair in the Genetics of Pain at McGill University, and the Director of the Alan Edwards Centre for the Study of Pain. Dr. Mogil has made seminal contributions to the field of pain genetics and is the author of many major reviews of the subject, including an edited book, The Genetics of Pain (IASP Press, 2004)

He is also a recognized authority in the fields of sex differences in pain and analgeia, and pain testing methods in the laboratory mouse. Dr. Mogil is the author of over 195 journal articles and book chapters since 1992, and has given over 280 invited lectures in that same period.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the John C. Liebeskind Early Career Scholar Award from the American Pain Society, the Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Early Career Award from the Canadian Pain Society, the SGV Award from the Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association, and the Frederick W.L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award from the American Pain Society.

He currently serves as a Councilor at IASP, and was the chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the 13th World Congress on Pain.

Website: McGill University Profile Page              

Twitter: @JeffreyMogil

Stepping Away From Exercise and Towards Movement

Ben Cormack

Bio: Ben has a passion for getting people moving and using and understanding movement as an important tool to help others. Originally from a fitness background, Ben has gone on to study Sports therapy and widely in the fields of rehabilitation, pain science and movement over the last 15 years.

Ben owns and runs Cor-Kinetic, an educational company who use modern research into pain, movement and neuro sciences to provide a reasoning process and rehab skills to those who also place a priority on using movement and exercise as key competencies.  Cor-kinetic have provided educational services for the NHS, Elite level sports clubs and universities as well as individual physio’s, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, sports therapists, rehab, and personal trainers.

Ben is also a keen blogger who occasionally gets some people reading them and hopefully enjoying them too.

Website: Cor-Kinetic              

Twitter: @CorKinetic

A Tree Falls in a Forest: Improving Pain Science Communication to Patients and Peers

Jonathan Fass, PT, DPT, CSCS

Bio: Jonathan Fass is the former Private Physical Therapist and Sports Manager of His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, billionaire investor, philanthropist and humanitarian. He is a graduate of the first Doctoral Class in the City University of New York's Physical Therapy program and attended his Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at the University of Delaware, one of the top-ranked physical therapy programs in the nation.

Jonathan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Health & Fitness Specialist (HFS) through the American College of Sports Medicine. He has guest-lectured at Rutgers University and Drexel University as well as at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, and has been featured in both Men's Health and Men's Fitness magazines.

Website: Excel Physical Therapy              

Twitter: @JonFass

Clinicians Get Creative

Bronnie Lennox Thompson, Ph.D.

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Bio: I trained as an occupational therapist and graduated in 1984. Since then, I've continued study at postgraduate level and my papers have included business skills, ergonomics, mental health therapies, and psychology. I completed my Masters in Psychology in 1999 and started my Ph.D. in 2007. I have many passions but one of them is to help people experiencing chronic health problems learn to achieve their potential. I have worked in the field of chronic pain management, helping people develop self management skills for 16 years. Many of the skills are directly applicable to people with other health conditions.

My way of working: collaboratively- all people have limitations and vulnerabilities- as well as strengths and potential. I use a cognitive and behavioral approach- therapy isn't helpful unless there are visible changes! I don't use this approach exclusively because it is necessary to borrow at times from other approaches, but I encourage ongoing evaluation of everything that is put forward as "therapy".

I'm also an educator. I take this role very seriously- it is important to health care as research and clinical skill. I offer an active knowledge of the latest research, integrated with current clinical practice, and communicate with clinicians working directly with people experiencing chronic ill health. I'm a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Otago Christchurch Health Services. I also offer courses, training, and supervision for therapists working with people experiencing chronic ill health.

Website: HealthSkills Blog              

Twitter: @Adiemusfree

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: The Missing Link in Persistent LBP?

Carolyn Vandyken, BHSc (PT), Cred MDT, CCMA

Bio: Carolyn Vandyken has practiced in a wide variety of clinical settings, focusing primarily on orthopedics. She has been a McKenzie credentialed physiotherapist since 1999 and has been a member of the Canadian College of Medical Acupuncture since 2002. Her clinical focus changed to Pelvic Health and Incontinence in 2001.

She owned and managed her own clinical practice from 1999-2009; she then became the Clinical Practice Leader for Centric Health from 2009 to August 2015, mentoring and training pelvic health physiotherapists throughout Canada. She has spoken at over 50 conferences and grand round presentations throughout Canada and the United States. Carolyn was an invited speaker at the First World Congress for Abdominal-Pelvic Pain in Amsterdam (2013) on central pain mechanisms and abdomino-pelvic pain, and she has presented at various workshops at international conferences, including the NOI Pain and Neurodynamics conference in Adelaide, Australia (2012) and IPPS in 2014.

Carolyn co-authored two peer-reviewed framework articles with Sandra Hilton on the assessment and treatment of persistent pelvic pain; they also wrote two chapters in International textbooks on Central Pain mechanisms and pelvic pain. Carolyn and Sandra published the first book on patient-centered pain science education for pelvic pain, Why Pelvic Pain hurts, along with physical therapist, Adriaan Louw.

She won the prestigious Woman of Distinction award from the YWCA in 2003 for her work in pelvic floor rehabilitation and the OPA’s excellence in education award in 2015.

Website: Pelvic Health Solutions

Collaboration Forum: Facilitating Professional Dialogue

Round Table Discussion moderated by Dr. Karen Litzy

Ben Cormack - Bio can be found with his presentation, by scrolling up this page.

Jonathan Fass, PT, DPT, CSCS - Bio can be found with his presentation, by scrolling up this page.

Jason Silvernail DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT - qualified with a Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University Of Scranton Pennsylvania in 1997, and he has been in practice as a physical therapist since then. He completed his Doc tor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2006. He was selected for the prestigious Army-Baylor Doctoral Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston for subspecialty training and graduated in 2010, earning him both a Doctor of Science degree from Baylor University and Fellow status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Dr. Silvernail is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

He is a career military officer, practicing in the US Army since 1998, and has been stationed across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and in Afghanistan. Dr Silvernail has worked with a wide variety of patient populations and settings including orthopedic/sports, chronic pain, amputee and neurological rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning.

A clinician and researcher, he has published clinical commentaries and original research in the medical literature (including the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy, and the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy) and he has a prominent professional presence online where you can connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

Dr. Silvernail is married to Carolyn T. Silvernail, who is a graduate student at American University with degreesin Exercise Science, Digital Film and in Music Performance. They live in the northern Virginia area and enjoy hiking, fitness, and ballroom dancing. Opinions expressed by Dr Silvernail are his own and do not represent the official policy or position of the United States Army, the Department of Defense, or the United States Government.

Twitter: @JasonSilvernail

Nick Tumminello is known as the “Trainer of Trainers” and is the 2016 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year. He’s the owner of Performance University International, has published over 200 articles, 15 DVDs and is the author of Strength Training for Fat Loss and Building Muscle and PerformanceIn addition to teaching at events across the world, Nick trains a select group of clients and athletes, and runs a mentorship program for fitness professionals in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Website: Performance U.             

Twitter: @CoachNickT