Dr Siobhain O’ Mahony, brings Irish Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting to UCC on 20th & 21st October 2023

10 Oct 2023
Dr Siobhain O’Mahony Senior Lecturer and PI, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and APC Microbiome Ireland

Dr Siobhain O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer and PI Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and  APC Microbiome Ireland along with other local organiser Dr John Browne, Consultant Pain Specialist, Cork University Hospital, Marymount Hospice & South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, bring the 23rd Irish Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting to University College Cork on the 20th and 21st of October 2023.

The Irish Pain Society, Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain, is a non-profit organization comprised of multidisciplinary health care professionals and scientists, dedicated to research, and educational and clinical aspects of pain management.

The theme this year's Irish Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting is Integrative Pain Care, the organisers are delighted have invited Keynote Speaker Professor Vania Apkarian, North Western University, USA to deliver the keynote address. Professor Apkarian’s interests include cortical dynamics of pain as well as brain plasticity. His overall goal is the uncovering of brain mechanisms underlying PAIN QUALIA. This work aims to alleviate clinical pain conditions and achieve a more profound theoretical and mechanistic understanding of the brain.

President of the Irish Pain Society Dr Therese O'Connor, Consultant in Pain Medicine at Sligo University Hospital, will be joined by local committee members Dr John Browne, Consultant Pain Specialist, Cork University Hospital, Marymount Hospice & South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital and Dr Siobhain O'Mahony, Senior Lecturer and PI Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, and APC Microbiome Ireland, to open the event at 18:30 on Friday 20th October. The committee members will also welcome Dr Colm Henry, Consultant Geriatrician and Chief Clinical Officer of the Health Service Executive (HSE), who will deliver the opening address.  Professor George Shorten, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine and Consultant Anaesthesiologist will chair the Guest Lecture event with guest Keynote Speaker Professor Vania Apkarian

Saturday 21st October events will continue with a Trade and Poster exhibitions and speakers including Dr Franziska Denk, Kings College London, who will speak on a neuro-immunological perspective on chronic pain as well as Dr Cormac Mullins, Cork who will speak about recent advances in neuromodulation.

Also included in the day are clinical workshops guided by experts and sessions chaired by Dr Mary Jane O’Leary, Consultant in Palliative Medicine Marymount University Hospice; Professor Dominic Harmon, Consultant Anaesthesiology & Pain Management University Hospital Limerick and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital; Dr Hugh Gallagher, Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine St Vincent's Private Hospital, Dublin; Dr Michelle Roche, Neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer in Physiology, NUIG; and Dr Damien Murphy, Consultant in Pain Management & Anaesthesia, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital. 

The meeting will be held in Western Gateway Building UCC and registration is open for all those with an interest in clinical and pre-clinical research in pain. For registration and full details of all speakers and events see the Irish Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting website 


Further information:

Download the Irish Pain Society 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting Programme 

Download Irish Pain Society 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting Poster

Visit the Irish Pain Society website



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Room 2.33, 2nd Floor, Western Gateway Building, University College, Cork, Ireland