Eija Kalso, M.D., D.Med. Sci is Professor of Pain Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. She is the past president of IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain). Dr. Kalso has been the field editor for clinical science in Pain and European Journal of Pain.
Dr. Kalso graduated from the Medical School of the University of Helsinki in 1980, defended her thesis on “Nerve Blocking Properties and Toxicity of Bupivacaine in Spinal and Intravenous Regional Anaesthesia” in 1983 and became specialist in anaesthesiology in 1986. She was appointed as associate professor in anaesthesiology in 1992, at the University of Helsinki. She received special competence in pain management in 1999. She has worked as a post doc at the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, University of Oxford, with Sir Keith Sykes and professor Henry McQuay, and at the University College London, with professor Anthony Dickenson. She has also worked as a clinical teacher in anaesthesiology at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr. Kalso’s main interests in pain research include opioid pharmacology, spinal mechanisms of nociception, cancer pain, clinical trial design and EBM, persistent postsurgery pain and genetics of pain. She currently co-ordinates a European Union FP7 project GLORIA focusing on the role of glia in various types of pain and opioid tolerance and hyperalgesia including two different lines of drug development.