Ke Ren completed his Ph.D studies in the University of Iowa and postdoctoral studies at the National Institutes of Health. He has nearly 40 years of experiences in biochemical research focusing on Neurosciences and Pain. He is Professor in the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, University of Maryland School of Dentistry. He has published more than 180 manuscripts and book chapters. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Open Pain Journal and The Open Anesthesiology Journal since 2015. He has been serving as an editorial board member of Pain, Journal of Pain, Evidence-Based complementary and alternative Medicine, Pain Research and treatment, and Odontology.
) Department of Neural and Pain Sciences University of Maryland Dental School Baltimore, MD USA
Areas of research interests are: 1) molecular mechanisms underlying pain perception and identify novel targets for analgesics and 2) the role of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels in diabetes. A variety of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels have been cloned. They are classified as TRP Classical (TRPC), TRP Vanilloid (TRPV), TRP Melastatin (TRPM), TRP Ankyrin (TRPA) and TRP Polycystin (TRPP). TRP channels respond to temperature, touch, pain, osmolarity, pheromones, taste and other stimuli. The research efforts are dedicated to study the characteristics of these channels and determine their role in diseases. The structure and function of these channels are being studied using electrophysiological, immunihisto/cytochemical, molecular biological and biochemical techniques.
) Department of Pharmacology Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Springfield, IL USA
Dong-Kuk Ahn (DDS, PhD) is Professor at Department of Oral Physiology, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University (Korea). He is a dentist scientist. His research focuses on investigating underlying mechanisms of trigeminal neuropathic pain and role of glial cells that participates in the development of chronic pain using behavioral pharmacology, immunohistochemistry, molecular analysis.
) Department of Oral Physiology Kyungpook National University Daegu Korea
Dr. Christian Geber is a neurologist and pain specialist working at the "DRK Schmerzklinik Mainz", and is associated to the Johannes-Gutenberg University at Mainz, Germany. His fields of expertise are the assessment and therapy of neuropathic pain conditions and pain-associated sensory changes due to neural plasticity. He is a member of national and international pain societies (IASP, NeuPSIG) and was awarded the "Pain resaearch award" of the German pain society in 2009.
) Department of Neurology Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Germany
Monika Hasenbring is professor of Medical Psychology and Head of the Dept. of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany. In pain research her group focused on psychobiological risk factors and mechanisms in the transition from acute to chronic musculoskeletal pain. Currently, pain research was extended exploring the role of gene-environment interaction for the development of depression in musculoskeletal pain. This research was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the EU and the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Institute of Sports Medicine. Actually, Monika is member of the National Guidelines of Diagnostics and Treatment of Back Pain committee (NVL Back Pain).
) Department of Medical Psychology Ruhr University Bochum Bochum Germany
Prof. Hwang is studying on electrophysiological, neurochemical, and biophysical aspects of the nociceptive functions of the primary sensory neurons in healthy or disease states. He has contributed to the characterizations of sensory ion channels, including many TRP channels, and is currently focusing on the search for novel interface molecules of the neurons required for interacting with potentially painful environment. The molecules transducing environmental changes into neural signals for our pain perception will be among the future painkilling targets. In this regard, he is also trying to find chemical modulators for normalizing the molecular functions.
) Department of Biomedical Sciences and Department of Physiology Korea University College of Medicine Seoul Korea
Dr. Yves Jammes received his MD degree in 1973 and D es Science graduation in 1980. He was awarded as Cournand Lecture and received Scholarship MRC St Georges Hospital (Prof J. Widdicombe) in 1980. He was first appointed as Visiting then Associate Professor of Physiology in Mac Gill University, Montreal (1981 – 1985). Currently Dr. Y. Jammes is Head of the Lung Function Laboratory, North Hospital, Marseille from 2016 and Director of research units associated to the CNRS, then the Defense Ministry until 2016. His actual position is Emeritat.
) Internal Medicine, European Hospital Marseille and Podiatric School of Marseille Cedex France
Dr. Khanna is an Associate Professor at Department of Physiology, National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his PhD from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, in 1990 and joined NUS in 1994 as a Lecturer after a spell of postdoctoral work at University of California, Los Angeles (USA), and University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia). His research programme focuses on neuropathic pain and covers pre-clinical research using laboratory animals. He is particularly interested in the role of forebrain theta network of structures and is elucidating the circuitry and the neurochemistry that underpins the influence of the network on the affective-motivational dimension of pain. Dr. Khanna has authored more than 30 manuscripts.
) Department of Physiology National University of Singapore Buona Vista Singapore
Dr. Lin obtained an MD from Fujian Medical University, PhD from Shanghai Fudan University in China, and Postdoctoral Training from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, USA. Dr. Lin is currently an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington. He has also received honors as a Visiting Professor from several Universities internationally. Dr. Lin is an active neuroscientist in the fields of pain neurobiology, neurotoxicity and neurodegenerative disorders. His research has been funded by US NIH, China National Science and Science & Technology funds. He has published more than 70 research articles.
) Department of Psychology University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX USA
He is an Exceptional Class Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Strasbourg (France) and the Director of INSERM Research Unit-1119. He is coordinating the European NeuroRhine Consortium awarded as Excellence Laureate of the joint competitive call EU-FEDER and Offensive Sciences 2012. He has recently been elected Vice-President of the National Neuroscience Commission of the Council of French Universities. Dr. Mensah-Nyagan is also co-chairing the International Educational Committee on Steroids and Nervous System. Major publications from his Lab suggest that neurosteroids have a high therapeutic potential for the treatment of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.
) Department of Physiopathology of the Nervous System University Louis Pasteur Strasbourg France
Professor Shehab obtained his PhD in neurobiology from Sheffield University, UK. He served in several Universities in UK including UMIST, Sheffield, Glasgow and Aberdeen, before he joined UAE University. He studies the reorganization of the neuronal circuitry in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord after peripheral nerve injury. His recent research focuses on the mechanism underlying peripheral neuropathic pain symptoms. He is also investigating the mechanism of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease and the possibility of using this novel approach of brain manipulation in suppressing tonic epileptic seizures.
) Department of Anatomy U.A.E. University Al-Ain UAE
Dr. Tsuda is Professor of Department of Life Innovation, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan). He obtained his PhD in Pharmacology from Hoshi University (Tokyo, Japan). His research is primarily directed to elucidating glia-neuron interactions in the spinal cord and brain and to understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of pain and itch, using experimental approaches in behavioral pharmacology, electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, molecular genetics and cellular functional imaging.
) Department of Molecular and System Pharmacology Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences Kyushu University Fukuoka Japan
Dr. You Wan obtained a doctorate in Pathophysiology from Tongji Medical University, Wuhan, China. Dr. Wan also holds a Bachalor of Medicine and a Master of Pharmacology (Zhengzhou University, China). He received post-doctoral trainings in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL and in Rutgers University, NJ. Now Dr. Wan is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Neuroscience Research Institute, Peking University, Beijing, China. He has published more than 160 papers and book chapters.
Dr. You Wan is currently an Associate Editor of Neuroscience Bulletin, published by Elsevier; also an Associate Editor of Chinese Journal of Pain Medicine, published by Chinese Association for the Study of Pain.
) Neuroscience Research Institute Peking University Beijing China
Dr. Narender Gavva obtained his Ph.D. degree (1992) from University of Hyderabad, India. He is currently Scientific Director in the Department of Neuroscience at Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA. Dr. Gavva has fourteen years of leadership experience in small and large molecule drug discovery at Amgen (Disclosed targets include TRP channels, GlyT2, and Cdk5). He is experienced in full drug discovery cycle including validation of targets, HTS, automation, hit/lead identification, lead optimization, and clinical candidate selection. He has authored and published 40 papers in research areas of drug discovery, lead optimization, pharmacology, clinical trials, molecular biology, biochemistry, and gene regulation. Moreover, he serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for several journals.
) Department of Neuroscience Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA USA
Dr. Julia Finkel, M.D., is a pediatric anesthesiologist and vice chief for Pain Medicine and Research in the Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, at Children's National Health System, Main Hospital, Washington, DC, USA. She is also a principal investigator in the Pain Medicine Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Dr. Finkel has extensive experience in designing and conducting clinical trials related to analgesics in children, and has received substantial support from the industry. She is regularly invited to speak at national meetings on topics related to pediatric pain management. Dr. Finkel has authored/co-authored over 35 article publications, having a noteworthy number of total citations, i.e. more than 965.
) Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine George Washington University Washington, DC USA
Dr. Eva Widerstrom-Noga, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine and Principal Investigator of the Clinical Pain Research Laboratory of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. She has performed human pain research for more than 22 years and in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) for over 18 years, and more recently in traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Widerstrӧm-Noga has published over 45 peer-reviewed journal papers and 8 book chapters. Her present research involves verbal and quantitative sensory pain assessment and non-invasive brain imaging with the primary purpose of identifying clinical pain phenotypes and biomarkers representing underlying mechanisms of central neuropathic pain in order to facilitate the development of tailored clinical interventions.
) Miami Project to Cure Paralysis University of Miami School of Medicine Miami, FL USA
Dr. Stefano Pieretti obtained his Doctoral Degree (score: 110/110) (1986) in Biological Sciences from University of Rome “Sapienza”, Italy. Then, he obtained his Post-Doctoral Specialization Degree (1990) in Experimental Pharmacology (score: 50/50 cum laude) from University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. Since 2007, he is Senior Investigator in the Unit of Child Health, Department of Therapeutic Research and Medicine Evaluation, at Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy. Dr. Pieretti, as an author/co-author, has published around 100 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. around 1,275. He has published mainly in the subject areas of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Pharmaceutics, Biochemistry, Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience.
) Department of Therapeutic Research and Medicine Evaluation Istituto Superiore di Sanità Rome Italy
Prof. Richard J. Traub obtained his Ph.D. degree (1986) in Neurobiology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. Prof. Traub currently holds the positions of Professor and Vice Chair, in the Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, at University of Maryland School of Dentistry, USA. He is also the Founding member, and member of the Executive Committee, of UM Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research. Prof. Traub, as an author/co-author, has published over 60 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. around 3,880. He has published mainly in the subject areas of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology.
) Department of Neural and Pain Sciences University of Maryland Baltimore, MD USA
Prof. Dr. Erdem Yesilada is currently head of the Department of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, in the Faculty of Pharmacy at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from the Hacettepe University, Faculty of Pharmacy in 1972. Since then he is working as an academic staff at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Hacettepe (1972 to 1988) and Gazi Universities (1988 to 2004) and currently at the Yeditepe University. His main research interests are ethnobotany, ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry, and phytotherapy. He has published more than 223 papers in international scientific journals, and he is the author of 24 books or book chapters. Currently he is the editor (associate) of Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Elsevier), and Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine (BMC).
) Faculty of Pharmacy Yeditepe University Istanbul Turkey
Dr. Man-Kyo Chung at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry is a dentist scientist investigating the molecular mechanisms of trigeminal pain focused on the roles of temperature-gated transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. Dr. Chung has been investigating the electrophysiological and biophysical properties of TRP channels from the context of thermosensation and pain. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of pain conditions from craniofacial area such as tooth pain, muscle pain and neuropathic pain.
) Department of Neural and Pain Sciences School of Dentistry University of Maryland Baltimore, MD United States
Dr. Hanani obtained his PhD degree in Neurobiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, USA. He is a Professor at the Hebrew University School of Medicine and a Visiting Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. He has over 40 years of experience in neuorobiological research and authored 130 manuscripts. His current research focuses on the contribution to chronic pain of neuron-glia interactions in sensory ganglia.
) Laboratory of Experimental Surgery Hadassah Medical School Jerusalem Israel
Dr. Ho obtained his Master of Medicine in Anesthesiology from the National University of Singapore. He finished a Pain Management Fellowship at Duke University Hospital (Durham, North Carolina) in 2005. He has also completed a Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) with the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in 2006.
Currently, Dr. Ho is the Clinical Director for Pain Management Service at Raffles Hospital. He is also the President of the Pain Association of Singapore. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and book chapters in the fields of pain and anesthesia.
) Department of Anaesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care Pain Management Centre Singapore General Hospital Singapore
Prof Farnad Imani is currently Chair of Pain Research Center and Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine in Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS), with twenty two years' experience in academic postgraduate teaching in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is founder of academic pain fellowship in Iran at 2006. His research interest includes chronic and acute pain managements, and has a special interest in the percutaneous, endoscopic, and minimal invasive procedures for spinal pain. Prof Imani is founder and Editor in Chief of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine journal from 2011 up to now.
) Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Iran University of Medical Sciences Tehran Iran
Haroon Khan has got degree of B. Pharm (1999), MPhil (2005), Phd (2011) from the Department of Pharmacy, University of Peshawar. He is currently Professor, Department of Pharmacy, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Pakistan. Professional experience is about seventeen years 160 publications The scientific contribution of Dr. Khan has been acknowledged by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) and awarded Research Productivity awarded four times 2011-2014. He has also published three books with LAMBERT Academic publishing, Germany. He is also the editorial board member of various international journals. Additional, he is also supervising several post-graduate scholars.
) Department of Pharmacy Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan Pakistan
Dr. Lee has obtained his Ph.D. degree by work on neuroinflammation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at San Diego. He is currently a professor at the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, Seoul National University, School of Dentistry. For the past 20 years, he has studied on neuroinflammation and glia. His current research focus on the function and cellular/molecular mechanisms of glia activation in the chronic pain.
) School of Dentistry Seoul National University Seoul South Korea
Dr. Giulia Malaguarnera (both PhD and MPharm are from the University of Catania, Italy) is currently a Researcher at NEST SpinLab, Catania, Italy, honorary research assistant at UCL (University College of London), London, UK and at University of Catania, Italy. She joined the “Great Senescence Centre” on 2009, in the University of Catania (Italy); studying disorders related to aging, focusing on biochemistry, nutritional, genetic and environment factors. Her research focus is also regarding the quality of life, fragility and vulnerability in elderly patients. Dr. Giulia Malaguarnera is an author of more than 75 articles, with more than 1340 citations, also an Editor and Reviewer of several peer-review international journals.
) The Great Senescence Research Center University of Catania Catania Italy
George Panagis received his first Bachelor’s Degree from the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Crete, Greece (1992), his second Bachelor’s Degree from the Department of Psychology, University of Crete, Greece (1995) and his Ph.D. (1996) from the Medical School, University of Crete, Greece. His doctoral dissertation focused on the role of ventral pallidum in reward.
He was a postdoctoral research fellow (1997-98) in Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden), where he studied the psychotropic and addictive properties of nicotine in experimental rats. He has collaboration with the Graduate Program in Neuroscience of the University of Crete.
) School of Social Sciences University of Crete Crete Greece
Dr. Bai Chuang Shyu obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Neurophysiology from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dr. Shyu also holds a Docent title in Neurophysiology in the same University. Currently Dr. Shyu is a research fellow in the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Life Science, Nation Defense Medical Center. Dr. Shyu's major interest is in the study of the nociceptive mechanism and is focusing on the pathophysiology of the central post stroke pain. He also extended his enthusiasm to the study of epileptic regulation by the brain stimulation. Dr. Shyu is currently served also in the editorial board in Molecular Brain and Molecular Pain.
) Academia Sinica Institute of Biomedical Sciences Taipei Taiwan
Prof. Massimiliano Valeriani works in the Neurology Unit of Bambino Gesú children’s hospital in Rome, Italy, where he is the Director of the Headache Center. Moreover, he is Adjunct Professor at the Aalborg University, Denmark. He deals with neurophysiology of pain and headache. He published more than 180 articles in indexed journals and book chapters.
) Division of Neurology Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù Rome Italy
Dr. Perry Neil Fuchs obtained his Ph.D. degree (1994) in Experimental Psychology from University of Texas at Arlington, USA. Since 2013, he is Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biology at the same university. The focus of his overall research is aimed at exploring the basic, underlying central and peripheral nervous system mechanisms associated with rewarding and aversive stimuli. Dr. Fuchs, as an author/co-author, has published over 70 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. around 2,890, and has also published over 15 book chapters and other publications. He has been involved in many funded/non-funded grants as the PI/co-PI.
) Departments of Psychology and Biology University of Texas Arlington, TX USA
Dr. Rashid Giniatullin obtained his Ph.D. degree (1981) in Physiology from Kazan Medical University, Russia, and then his Doctor of Medical Sciences degree (1992) from the same university. Since 2008, Dr. Giniatullin is Professor of Cell Biology at University of Eastern Finland. Prior to this appointment, he spent majority of his career working at Kazan Medical University (1980 to 2000), and then he had worked for eight years at SISSA, Trieste, Italy (2000 to 2008). His main research interests involve molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain, migraine pathophysiology, synaptic transmission, ligand-gated receptors, desensitization, and signaling via reactive oxygen species. Dr. Giniatullin has authored/co-authored over 205 article publications, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. more than 2,775.
) A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences University of Eastern Finland Kuopio Finland
Dr. Andrew Mannes, M.D., M.E., is chief of the NIH Clinical Center's Department of Perioperative Medicine. He has a long-standing interest in the treatment of severe pain often seen at the end of life. His current interests include developing pain therapies using gene therapy; targeting pain pathways with selective agonists, toxins, or fusion proteins; and improving the diagnosis of disease states using proteomic and genomic techniques. Dr. Mannes has written widely in books and medical journals on such topics as advances in cancer pain management, gene therapy for pain, and neurosurgical intervention approaches to pain relief. He is board certified in anesthesiology and fellowship-trained in pain management.
) Department of Anesthesia and Surgical Services National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD USA
Dr. Mario I. Ortiz obtained his Ph.D. degree (2003) in Pharmacology from External Section of Pharmacology, CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Ortiz is currently Full-time Professor in the Academic area of Medicine, Institute of Health Sciences, at Autonomous University of Hidalgo State, Mexico. ). Dr. Ortiz, as an author/co-author, has published over 80 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. more than 1,000. He has participated as a speaker in more than 50 national and international congresses, and has been the “Tutor” more than 40 times of theses of License and Postgraduate students.
) Laboratorio de Farmacología Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo Pachuca Mexico
Dr. Stefano Tamburin obtained his Ph.D. degree (2005) in Neuroscience and Clinical Neurophysiology from University of Verona, Italy. He is currently Associate Professor of Neurology, in the Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, at University of Verona, Italy. His current specific areas of research include neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cerebellar ataxia) examined with an integrative and translational approach that encompasses clinical evaluation, cognitive assessment, instrumental tools (neurophysiological techniques, imaging, psychophysics). Dr. Tamburin, as an author/co-author, has published around 100 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. around 1,330.
) Department of Neurological Sciences & Vision University of Verona Verona Italy
Dr. Ephraim Winocur, D.M.D. (1982), is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, at Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Dr. Winocur, as an author/co-author, has published over 50 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. around 1,275. He has published mainly in the subject areas of Dentistry and Health Professions. He is licensed in Medical Hypnosis by Israeli Health Ministry (1992). He is also a reviewer and editorial board member of several national/international journals.
) Department of Oral Rehabilitation School of Dental Medicine Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv Israel