11-14 Oct 2016 - EFIC Winter School on Cancer Pain, Liverpool

DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE to attend the EFIC Winter Pain School on Cancer Pain due to take place in Liverpool on 11-14 October 2016. A leading faculty of experts from Europe will be teaching at the meeting.

The interactive course aims to develop skills for assessing and treating pain related to cancer with an evidence-based approach to assessment, formulating a diagnosis and designing a comprehensive management plan.

Learning objectives of this course are in line with EFIC Core Curriculum for managing pain related to cancer.


Prof. Bart Morlion, President Elect, EFIC, Director of the Leuven Center for Algology & Pain Management, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium

Prof Kris Vissers, Professor in Pain and Palliative Medicine, Chairman of the Radboud Expertise Center of Pain and Palliative Medicine, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Dr Andreas Kopf, Pain and Palliative Medicine Specialist,
Department of Anaesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Charité Medical University, Berlin, Germany

Dr Nevenka Krcevski-Skvarc, Honorary Secretary, EFIC,  University Clinical Centre Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia

Dr Arun Bhaskar, Council Member, British Pain Society,  Consultant in Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia & Critical Care, West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, UK

Dr Chris Wells, President, European Pain Federation (EFIC), Founding Member, NeuPSIG, Consultant in Pain Medicine, Pain Matters, Liverpool, UK

 Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, Consultant in Pain Medicine & Neuromodulation, Clinical Lead, The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK



1. Understanding Cancer Pain

Hospice and Pain Medicine: the importance of
working together
WHO Ladder for cancer pain: benefits and pitfalls
Pathophysiology of pain related to cancer

2. Understanding pain and management options

Difficulties with service development in developing nations- how can they be overcome?
Epidemiology of pain related to cancer
The need for a New Ladder?

3. Pharmacological Management of Pain related to Cancer

Non-opioid pharmacological management of cancer pain including Ketamine
Opioids - opportunities and pitfalls
Opioids availability throughout Europe

4. Current Concepts in Pain related to Cancer

Oncological treatments for cancer related pain
Pain management in cancer survivors
EFIC Pain Curriculum and Training in Cancer Pain Management

5. Pain Management in Hospice Setting

Symptom control in hospice/community setting

6. Pain Management in Hospice Setting

7. Pain Management in cancer survivors: live case studies,

8. Interventions for Pain related to Cancer

Initial assessment and optimisation for invasive interventions
Role of sympathetic blocks
Role of nerve blocks and infusions

9. Interventions for Pain related to Cancer

Epidural infusion for pain related to cancer

Spinal neurolysis

Percutaneous cordotomy

10. Surgery for Cancer Pain

Neurosurgical treatments for pain related to cancer

11. Implants for Pain related to Cancer

Indications, patient selection, implantation and aftercare for Intrathecal Pumps in Pain related to Cancer

12. Therapeutic Challenges- Interactive Case Presentations

Incident pain (Pathological fracture related pain)
Visceral pain (Pancreatic cancer)
Pelvic pain
Head and neck cancer pain

13. Therapeutic Challenges

14. Cancer Pain Service developments.

Optimising cancer pain control and the way forward



107 Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9BD, United Kingdom 
Web: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-liverpool


Until 10.08.16
Early bird Registration Fee: £450.00 (GBP)

After 10.08.16
Late Registration Fee: £525.00 (GBP)


11-12 May 2017 - Aberdeen Interventional Pain Workshop - PLACES LIMITED

THE NEXT Annual Aberdeen Interventional Pain Workshop will take place on 11-12 May 2017 at the Department of Anatomy, Suttie Centre, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

An expert faculty will join us for the two day intensive course with lectures, live surgery demonstrations, hands-on cadaver training and question and answer sessions.

For further information, email: ciaranwazir@gmail.com


Dr S Kanakarajan

Prof WA. Chambers

Dr Ravi Nagaraja


Prof Dominic Harmon
Professor of Anaesthesia & Pain Sciences
Department of Pain Medicine & Anaesthesia
Mid-Western Regional Hospital


Dr Neal Evans
Consultant in Pain Medicine & Anaesthesia
Buckinghamshire Healthare NHS Trust
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Aylesbury, Bucks

Dr Arthur Hartog
Specialist Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology
DC Klinieken Spine & Joint Centre
The Netherlands

Dr Marco Araujo
Medical Director
Advanced Pain Management, SC
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Dr Hirachand Mutagi
Consultant in Pain Management & Anaesthesia
Sakra World Hospital

Dr Arunachalam Swayamprakasam
Clinical Director
Pain Management Department
Rochdale Infirmary
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Manchester, UK


1. Anatomy for lumbar facet and sacro-iliac joints as well as nerve supply.
2. Radiological anatomy for procedures to diagnose the pain arising from these joints.
3. Sonographic anatomy of lumbar facet and sacro-iliac joints.
4. Techniques for the diagnostic blocks.
5. Techniques for lumbar and sacroiliac facet joint denervation.

Overiew of Day One (11.05.17): Lectures, Anatomy & Live Surgery

Facet Joint Pain—Clinical features, Diagnosis & Treatment   
Anatomy and technique of lumbar medial branch and L5 dorsal ramus blocks
Live Surgery Demo
Technique of RF neurotomy of lumbar medial branches and L5 dorsal ramus   
Live Surgery Demo
Sacro-iliac Joint Pain—Clinical Features, Diagnosis & Treatment   
Anatomy and technique of sacral lateral branch blocks and Neurotomy techniques
Live Surgery Demo
Ultrasound guided Injection of Lumbar medial branches, Facet joints and Sacro-iliac joints
Q &A & Close of Day 1

Overview  of Day Two (12.05.17): Hands-on Stations x 7

Station 1: Lumbar medial branch block   
Station 2: L5 dorsal ramus block and Neurotomy
Station 3: Ultrasound guided blocks in lumbar region
Station 4: Neurotomy of L1 to L4 medial branches
Station 5: Neurotomy of Sacro-iliac Joint - Cooled RF
Station 6: Neurotomy of  Sacro-iliac Joint - Simplicity / Pallisade technique
Station 7: Cadaveric display of lumbar medial branches and machine station


Early Bird Registration (Until 31.03.17): £500

Late Regisration (After 31.03.17): £600


For details of how to pay the registration fees by pounds sterling cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card as a guest of Paypal, contact: ciaranwazir@gmail.com



Aberdeen has excellent travel links. By air, Aberdeen is well connected by British Airways, Eastern airways, Flybe, BMI, KLM and Air France to majority of the airports in UK and mainland Europe. The venue is 6 miles from the airport. There are 6 major roads to Aberdeen. A90 serves as the main arterial route connecting Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Aberdeen is on the main UK rail network and has frequent direct services to major cities such as Edinburgh Glasgow and London including Caledonian sleeper services.

Palm Court Hotel, Seafield Road, Aberdeen offers discounted rates including breakfast for delegates. Please quote that you are attending the ‘Pain Conference’ while booking to avail the discounted rate. Please ring +44 (0)845 166 6026 or visit their website for further details: https://palmcourthotel.co.uk/


Please find included in this section some meetings of interest in 2016/2017:


9th Congress of the Polish Association for the Study of Pain
Baltic Philharmonic, Gdansk, Polnd
15-17 September 2016
Web: www.painandneuromodulationgdansk.com
E-mail: ciaranwazir@gmail.com

9th Hands-on Cadaver Workshop, Gdansk, Poland
Interventional Pain Medicine, Neuromodulation & Ultrasound
Medical University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland
Saturday, 17 September 2016
Web: www.painandneuromodulationgdansk.com
E-mail: ciaranwazir@gmail.com

1st EFIC Topical Symposium
Acute and Chronic Joint Pain

Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, Dubrovnik, Croatia
21-23 September 2016
Web: http://www.efic.org/

16th World Congress on Pain
Pacifico Convention Center, Yokohama
26-30 September 2016
Web: http://www.iasp-pain.org/Yokohama?navItemNumber=4525

Neuromodulation Society of UK & Ireland ASM
Joint Meeting British Pain Society Neuropathic Pain SIG
3-4 November 2016
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, UK
E-mail: ciaranwazir@gmail.com
Web: www.nsukiasm2016.com

Next Black-Tie Meeting of the London Pain Forum
Friday, 25 November 2016
The Reform Culb, Pall Mall, London
Web: www.londonpainforum.co.uk
E-mail: ciaranwazir@gmail.com

"Advances in Pain Medicine" Winter Symposium
15-20 January 2017
Hotel Village Montana, Tignes Le Lac, France
Web: www.winterpainsymposium.com
E-mail: ciaranwazir@gmail.com

Abdomino-Pelvic Pain Symposium
Thursday, 6 April 2017
UCH Medication Centre, University College London Hospitals
Web: www.pelvicpainsymposium.com


35th Annul ESRA Congress
7-10 September 2016
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Web:  http://esraeurope.org/

ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: The Ageing Patient
18-19 November 2016
Lisbon, Portugal
Web: www.focusmeeting2016.esahq.org

ESA Euroanaesthesia 2017
3-5 June 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
Web: www.euroanaesthesia2017.esahq.org

ESA Focus Meeting on Perioperative Medicine: 
Regional Anaesthesia in the Perioperative Setting
9-10 November 2017
Tel Aviv, Israel
Web: www.esahq.org