Latest News & Events - 2015

First Transplant of New Spinal Implant for Pain Relief

Our PMRI scientists and researchers have been consulting on a new spinal cord stimulation technology for lower back pain. On Tuesday 13 October 2015, the first trial patient received an implant of the new device, with another 30 or so trials planned in the weeks ahead. [Read the Sydney Morning Herald Article or watch the Channel Nine News Report]

Visiting Scholar: Prof Ian Cameron, Thu 12 November 2015

Prof Ian Cameron from The University of Sydney will be presenting a seminar entitled The Association of Post Motor Vehicle Crash Pain and Longer Term Health Outcomes on Thu 12 November 2015 from 5:00-6:00pm. [Find out more]

Visiting Scholars: Catherine Ketsimur & Tim Noblet, Thu 12 November 2015

Physiotherapists, Catherine Ketsimur and Tim Noblet will be presenting a seminar entitled Extended Scope Practitioner and Back Pain Triage on Thu 12 November 2015 from 4:00-5:00pm. [Find out more]

Visiting Scholar: Prof Justin Kenardy, Thu 15 October 2015

Prof Justin Kenardy from The University of Queensland will be presenting a seminar entitled Psychological trauma and injury on Thu 15 October 2015 from 5:00-6:00pm. [Find out more]

Public Health Forum on Pain Research, Tue 13 October 2015

People living with chronic pain or caring for someone with this condition are invited to attend a free public health forum organised by the Pain Management Research Institute and Rotary District 9685. Keynote speaker is Dr Charles Brooker, staff anaesthetist, pain specialist and Director of the Pain Management Research Centre at Royal North Shore. [ Find out more]

Visiting Scholar: A/Prof Luke Henderson, Wed 16 September 2015

A/Prof Luke Henderson from The University of Sydney will be presenting a seminar entitled Pain and the Neuropathic Brain on Wed 16 September 2015 from 4:00-5:00pm. [Find out more]

Friends of PMRI:"AMBROSIA" Preview Screening, Tue 8 September 2015

PMRI Ltd invites you to attend a special preview of a new feature film 'Ambrosia' by director Rhiannon Bannenberg. The film which deals with the psychological impact of chronic pain will be presented during National Pain Week. [Read more]

Visiting Scholar: Prof Sean Mackey, Thu 13 August 2015

Prof Sean Mackey from Stanford University will be presenting a free seminar entitled Assessing outcomes in pain management on Thu 13 August 2015 from 4:00-5:00pm. [ Find out more ]

Visiting Scholar: Prof Deborah Schofield, Thu 13 August 2015

Prof Deborah Schofield from The University of Sydney will be presenting a free seminar entitled The cost of pain: more than the health system on Thu 13 August 2015 from 5:00-6:00pm. [ Find out more ]

Visiting Scholar: Dr Claire Ashton-James, Thu 18 June 2015

Dr Claire Ashton-James will be presenting a free seminar entitled Pain as a barrier for social relationships on Thu 18 June 2015 from 5:00-6:00pm. [ Find out more ]

Emerging Trends in Neuropathic Pain, Thu 1 October 2015

Registrations are open for a one-day symposium in Sydney where expert speakers will provide updates on current evidence and clinical practice in neuropathic pain. [ Find out more ]

Honorary Doctorate awarded to Professor Michael Nicholas

Prof Michael Nicholas and fellow recipients

Prof Michael Nicholas (left) and fellow honoraries

Sweden’s Örebro University and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences warmly welcomed Professor Michael Nicholas as an honorary doctor to celebrate his dedicated work on the influence of psychological factors on pain perception.

Professor Nicholas has established strong ties with the Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP) at Örebro University where he has generously shared his expertise and time as a Visiting Research Fellow, a distinguished lecturer, and as a research colleague. This collaboration has resulted in numerous scientific publications as well as joint research grants and projects.

Professor Nicholas is based at the Pain Management Research Institute at Royal North Shore Hospital, University of Sydney, Australia. He received his doctorate in 1988 and has become internationally recognised for his work in pain, its treatment, and the need for early intervention to prevent the development of long-term disability in people with musculoskeletal disorders. With over 150 published scientific papers, Professor Nicholas's work continues to have a wide impact on the psychology of pain, both theoretically and in clinical practice.

Training the brain to feel less pain

This Sydney Morning Herald article discusses how learning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques from a trained professional can make a positive difference in managing pain (10 May 2015). [Read article]

Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop - Feb 2016

Registrations are open for our highly regarded Pain Management Multidiscplinary Workshop running in Sydney in February 2016. [ Find out more ]

Visiting Scholar: Emerging Research, Wed 11 February 2015

Prof Phil Siddall will be chairing three postgraduate student presentations entitled Emerging Research on Wed 11 February 2015 from 4:00-5:00pm. [ Find out more ]

Visiting Scholars Program 2015

The Pain Management Research Institute is pleased to announce the Visiting Scholars Program. Join us in March to November to hear from international experts on pain related topics. [ Find out more ]