June 25-29, 2017


Kraków, Poland


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Prominent scientists in pain research

WHAT'S ABOUT EVENT / information about the school

Organizing Committee: Barbara Przewlocka (Kraków), Andreas Kopf (Berlin), Luis Villanueva (Paris).

Local Organizing Committee: Barbara Przewlocka, Joanna Mika, Katarzyna Starowicz, Lidia Radwan, Ryszard Przewlocki.


Registration Fee: 800 euro (the fees include attendance, hotel accommodation, all meals and social events)

Payment information:

Please process your payment within May 1st 2017.

Below is the bank data:

Beneficiary: PTBB

Bank: BZ WBK S.A o/Tychy
Bank address: Tychy 43-100, ul. Bałuckiego 4
IBAN: PL23 1090 1652 0000 0001 3004 1328

Please ensure that all transfer expenses are covered; i.e., your total is 800 EUR, and this exact amount must be credited to our bank account (use of IBAN and SWIFT codes usually ensures a cost-free transfer for the recipient, but please confirm with your bank). To facilitate tracking of your payment, please send a copy of the bank transfer by e-mail to

Cancellations and refunds:

Cancellations with a refund request must be sent by email and must be accompanied by a valid justification. Refunds will be decided case by case by the organizers. If accepted, cancellations within 1st of  June 2017 will be refunded fully, minus an administrative charge of 50 EUR; cancellations after 1st of  June  2017 will be refunded only by 50% of the total price; no refunds will be provided after 15th June of  2017.

Information and applications:

Deadline for applications: May 1st

EFIC offers 15 grants for participation in school for European Pain Federation EFIC® Chapter Members.
Grant applications: EFIC secretariat. For more information, please, visit the homepage of EFIC (“Education and Training)”
Deadline for grant applications: March 1 st – recruitment of candidates is 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 three 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 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. The third possibility of students participation is the proposal to chair a session during the school.

Event Speakers / Prominent scientists in pain research

Alain Eschalier

Pharmacology department

Faculty of Medicine, University Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand, France (more…)

Anthony Dickenson

Neuropharmacology in the Department of Neuroscience

Physiology and Pharmacology at University College, London (more…)

Luis Garcia-Larrea

Central Integration of Pain (NeuroPain)

Center for Neuroscience of Lyon, U1028 INSERM, France (more…)

Andreas Kopf

Dept. of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin Berlin, Germany (more…)

Eija Kalso

D. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

University of Helsinki, Finland (more…)

Per Hansson

Dept. of Molecular Medicine and Surgery

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

Halina Machelska

Dept. of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany (more…)

Michaela Kress

Dept. Physiology and Medical Physics

Medical University Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria (more…)

Stephen B. McMahon

London Pain Consortium

King’s College London, UK (more…)

Bart Morlion

Centre for Algology and Pain Management

University Hospitals, Leuven, Belgium (more…)

Dorit Pud

Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences

University of Haifa, Israel (more…)

Joanna Mika

Dept. of Pain Pharmacology

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…)

Jurgen Sandkühler

Dept. of Neurophysiology

Medical University of Vienna, Austria (more…)

Ryszard Przewłocki

Department of Molecular Neuropaharmacology

Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland (more…)

Barbara Przewłocka

Dept. of Pain Pharmacology

Institute of Pharmacology Krakow, Poland (more…)

Katarzyna Starowicz

Laboratory of Pain Pathophysiology

Institute of Pharmacology Krakow, Poland (more…)

Luis Villanueva

Center of Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Paris, France (more…)

School Program / Titles of student presentations will be added later

Program of Second EFIC School in Krakow  25-29 June 2017


25 June Sunday


18.00  Opening (Hotel Galaxy – lecture hall)

Andreas Kopf EFIC Education Committee, Bart Morlion EFIC President-elect and Jan Dobrogowski, President of Polish Association for the Study of Pain.

Introductory remarks

Get Together – (Hotel Galaxy)


26 June  Monday


Morning (Institute of Pharmacology – lecture hall)


Wladyslaw Lason – director of Institute of Pharmacology – Welcome

Barbara Przewlocka Krakow

Problems with translation in pain studies – introduction to second school

Anthony Dickenson London

Translational impact of basic research in the knowledge of chronic pain mechanisms

Per Hansson Oslo/Stockholm  

Is there a gap between basic and clinical research on pain?

Joanna Mika and Katarzyna Starowicz Krakow

Workshop for students – Neuropathic and inflammatory pain – animal study (animal house) or visiting laboratories for faculty




Alain Eschalier Clermont-Ferrand

Reverse translational research in pain pharmacology

Halina Machelska Berlin  

Experimental design and data interpretation in basic pain research

Dorit Pud Haifa

Utility of human models in studying pain modulation

Eija Kalso Helsinki  

Individual nature of responsiveness to pain treatment

Student presentations

Transfer to hotel Galaxy; after dinner a guided walk through the old Jewish district of Kazimierz


27 June Tuesday




Anthony Dickenson London

Pain-related sensitization: peripheral, central or both ?

Luis Garcia-Larrea Lyon

Functional exploration of the pain matrix in humans (brain imaging + electrophysiology)

Luis Villanueva

Functional ultrasound brain imaging in rodents: a new tool for deciphering pain mechanisms?

Student presentations

Tuesday afternoon – free time (Krakow guided tour) and dinner for all students and faculty in a restaurant with Polish cuisine


28 June Wednesday




Jürgen Sandkühler Vienna

Neuroinflammation, a pluripotent driver of pain hypersensitivity

Halina Machelska Berlin  

Beneficial effects of inflammation in pain control

Alain Eschalier Clermont-Ferrand

Ion channels as pharmacological targets for analgesia

Student presentations




Luis Villanueva Paris

Central mechanisms of pain modulation: translational aspects

Per Hansson Oslo/Stockholm  

Neurologist views of translational research on neuropathic pain

Stephen McMahon London

Gene expression changes in spinal cord and DRG in pain  

Ryszard Przewlocki Krakow

Reward system, pain and genes

Student oral presentations or poster session with a general discussion

after diner discussion,

Luis Garcia-Larrea, new Chief-Editor of European Journal of Pain short talk: “How to publish in EJP and Pain: challenges, problems and pitfalls”  followed by a longer informal discussion


29 June Thursday




Stephen McMahon, London

Crosstalk between the nociceptive and immune systems

Michaela Kress Innsbruck

Translational talk on neurogenic inflammation

Joanna Mika Kraków

Chemokines in pain

Christoph Stein, Berlin

Peripheral opioid analgesia – successful translation of basic research?

Student presentations

TBA - A summary of the school


Thursday after lunch closing of the school

Patronage / Institutions supporting our school


Hotel Galaxy / Venue

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

For more information about hotel visit the official site:

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 Location

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

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