5-9 July 2015


Kraków, Poland


Applications closed


15 Professional Speakers

WHAT'S ABOUT EVENT / informations about the school

Local Organizing Committee:

Barbara Przewlocka, Joanna Mika, Katarzyna Starowicz, Lidia Radwan and  Ryszard Przewlocki, Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow.

Registration Fee:

800 Euro (the fees include attendance, accommodation and all meals and social events).

Maximal number of participants:

30 (Limited number of participants!)


5-9 July 2015


Applications are closed


The school subject is: Translational pain research: from lab to clinic

Recent advances in pain research enable us to see pain as a disease of its own. In addition, we have learned with modern methods that pain alters the entire nervous system, including transduction and the emotional and cognitive responses. Although pain driven neuroplasticity remains a useful research tool, it is insufficient for filling the gap between biomedical discovery and clinical benefit. Discoveries made at the laboratory’s research bench usually have little relevance or application for patients suffering pain. Translating basic scientific findings into the clinical pain research can improve treatments for patients, increase our understanding of pain mechanisms, as well as provide new possibilities for designing successful clinical trials. This is the core of medical research today and this will be the topic of the school. Four days lectures, workshops, student’s presentations will be aimed at exploring the mechanisms and tools for deciphering maladaptive plasticity mechanisms at the origin of chronic pain. Informal, lively discussions will be organized to view possible targets and research strategies for developing curative/preventive treatments allowing the patients to improve their quality of life.

We offer two types of students activity during the school:

The first is to deliver a short presentation (slides 3-5) with the current research issues or on the difficulties in the translation of scientific knowledge for therapy in the clinic. Presentations will be the topic for discussion. These presentations will take place after the lectures in the morning and during the afternoon sessions. The second type of activity is “tutoring”, where interested students are welcome to have an individual tutoring session, which could take place in the evening after dinner. This should be announced in advance, so that we could propose the schedule of such meetings.

Event Speakers / scientists

Ulrike Bingel

Clinic for Neurology

University Clinic Essen, Germany (more…)

Hermann Otto Handwerker

Dept. Physiology & Pathophysiology

FAU, Erlangen, Germany (more…)

Per Hansson

Dept. of Molecular Medicine and Surgery

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway (more…)

Eija Kalso

D. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

University of Helsinki, Finland (more…)

Rafael Maldonado

Dept. of Experimental and Health Sciences

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (more…)

Michaela Kress

Dept. Physiology and Medical Physics

Medical University Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria (more…)

Tony Dickenson

Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

University College London (more…)

Andreas Kopf

Dept. of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin Berlin, Germany (more…)

Hans Kress

Dept. of Special Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy

Medical University of Vienna, Austria (more…)

Halina Machelska

Dept. of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany (more…)

Joanna Mika

Dept. of Pain Pharmacology

Institute of Pharmacology Krakow, Poland (more…)

Dorit Pud

Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences

University of Haifa, Israel (more…)

Pierrick Poisbeau

I. of Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience

Universitaire de France (more…)

Jurgen Sandkühler

Dept. of Neurophysiology

Medical University of Vienna, Austria (more…)

Katarzyna Starowicz

Laboratory of Pain Pathophysiology

Institute of Pharmacology Krakow, Poland (more…)

Christoph Stein

Dept. of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Freie Universität Berlin – Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin Berlin, Germany (more…)

Luis Villanueva

Center of Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Paris, France (more…)

Chris Wells

Pain Matters

Liverpool, United Kindom (more…)

Conference or Event Program / dont forget it

Please ask at the reception or follow the signs for registration.


Welcome and introduction (short description of the School purpose and program) –organizers – Barbara Przewlocka & Andreas Kopf President of EFIC – Chris Wells: Welcome from EFIC President, Education and Research initiatives President of the Polish Association for the Study of Pain - Jan Dobrogowski

Welcome and introduction

Patronage / Institutions supporting our school


Honorary Patronage: Mayor of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski

Kraków / city with history and future

Krakow, a very interesting location

Krakow has always been famous for its beauty, charm and culture. It is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, dating back to the 7th century. The Wawel Royal Castle, the Main Market Square and Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Church, and the Jewish district Kazimierz are only few of the many famous attractions. The city has traditionally been one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life. The world-renowned Jagiellonian University, established in 1364 is located here. With a student population of 170,000, the city has a youthful and energetic vibe. Numerous theatres, museums, galleries, and unusual artistic events are all interesting and worthwhile options for activities in in free time. Krakow is also a city of clubs, cafes and restaurants. Just outside the city a historical Wieliczka Salt Mine with an underground cathedral, included on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Krakow is a  remarkable city that should be visited at least once in a lifetime! Access to Krakow is very convenient Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport (code KRK) is the main airport. It is situated in Balice, only 15 km (about ten miles) from the city center, which can be reached by shuttle train to main railway station, bus or taxi. The airport has regular direct flights from all major European cities. The average price for a flight from European countries is around 300-400 Euros.


Read more on a official Kraków website

Event Price / Applications should be sent directly to the organizers of the Pain School :



All interested to participate in the Pain School are invited to register through  this website. The applicants should send CV and an abstract of the 5-10 min presentation from their laboratory or clinical practice (e.g. case report) which will be presented at the school and will be the topic for discussion.
Deadline for applications: May 31th

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Event Location

Hotel Galaxy****
Gęsia 22a, 31-535 Kraków,
+48 12 342 81 00;

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Hotel Galaxy / Venue

The school will be held in Krakow Hotel Galaxy placed close to the old Kazimierz Jewish District.

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