Pre-Congress Satellite Symposium

Pre-Congress Satellite Symposium

Neural circuits of pain

Heidelberg and Schwetzingen, Germany, September 3-5, 2017

Studying molecular mechanisms of chronic pain has been an important focus of pain research. However, the nature and plasticity of neural circuits that mediate the sensory and emotional components of pain are still enigmatic. This conference will focus on interrogating, discussing and debating structural and functional understanding of circuits and networks underlying sensory and affective components of pain and their modulation by circumstances which induce structural reorganization and functional plasticity, including disease states, negative emotions and stress. Therefore, this meeting will bring together internationally leading thinkers and experts with next generation puzzle-solvers to discuss latest insights and advances on neural circuits at all levels in pain pathways and will cover novel data in basic science as well as clinical research.  The venues of the symposium are centrally situated in historic parts of the cities of Heidelberg and Schwetzingen and are easily accessible via public transportation. There is sufficient time after the satellite symposium to travel to the EFIC meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark. The number of attendees will be limited to approximately 150-180 to facilitate scientific exchange.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Heidelberg!


Rohini Kuner, Pharmacology Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Herta Flor, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany.


Speakers include:

Allan Basbaum, Xu Zhang, Thomas Sears, Hermann Handwerker, Wilfried Jänig, Didier Bouhassira, Martyn Goulding, Sigrid Elsenbruch, Gary Lewin, Tor Wager, Vania Apkarian, Frank Porreca, Eija Kalso, Carla Nau, Frank Keefe, Andrew Rice, Mark H. Tuszynski, Qiufu Ma, Ceng Luo, Moqrich Aziz , Yves De Koninck.

Conference coordinators:

Dr. Pooja Gupta and Sabine Hoffmann




On 3rd September, 2017

Heidelberg University

University Square,

69117 Heidelberg


On 4th and 5th September, 2017

Schwetzingen Palace

Schloß Mittelbau,

68723 Schwetzingen


Official website:

Registration and fees: Registration is mandatory for all the attendees. Please check the website for more details.

Faculty and industry scientists: 350 euros

Postdoctoral scientists: 300 euros

Heidelberg/Mannheim faculty and postdoctoral scientists: 300 euros

Students: 250 euros

Registration fees include coffee breaks, non-alcoholic beverages during the sessions, lunch and dinner on all the days and the registration materials. Please provide the proof of your status (graduate student, medical student or junior postdoctoral fellow) via student identity card or the letter of support from your supervisor.

Enquiries: Dr. Pooja Gupta

Phone: +49-6221-548641; Email:

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