3:45 PM-5:00 PM Thursday, February 27

General Session I

Annual Meeting Opening & Presidential Remarks (101A)

Tim Lamer

Coping with Persistent Pain: Current State of the Science (101B)

Francis Keefe

When pain persists there are many opportunities for it to affect and be affected by cognitive-behavioral and social factors. The goal of this presentation is to highlight the state-of-the-science in this emerging research area by highlighting key concepts and research studies. The presentation is divided into four sections. The first section provides a conceptual background on coping with persistent pain and provides an update on developments in models of pain coping. The second section highlights key domains that have been shown to be helpful in understanding variations in how people cope with pain. These include both the cognitive-behavioral domain (e.g. self-efficacy, pain acceptance, fear of pain, pain catastrophizing, the meaning of pain) and social domain (e.g. social support, invalidation, pain communication). The third section describes and analyzes psychosocial protocols focused on enhancing patients’ abilities to cope with and deal with pain (e.g. training in pain coping skills, mindfulness training, acceptance-based approaches, partner-assisted approaches, and couples-based interventions). The final section highlights important directions for future research in this area, e.g. novel ways of disseminating behavioral treatments and strategies for training non-psychology professionals in delivering psychosocial treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define advances in stress and coping theory and research that inform current perspectives on the behavioral assessment and treatment of pain.
  • Examine the role that key psychosocial variables play in shaping how individuals adjust to persistent pain.
  • Discuss the rationale and key treatment components of a variety of behavioral treatment protocols for managing pain.
  • Discuss research avenues that promise to extend the reach and impact of behavioral pain management approaches.
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Moderator:

Patrick Tighe

Co-Presenters:

Tim Lamer

Francis Keefe

4:45 PM–5:45 PM Friday, February 28

Do We Still Need Placebo Studies? (216)

Numerous studies have demonstrated that placebos can be powerful analgesics. If placebos aren't as inactive as we once thought, do we still need placebo-controlled studies in pain? This session will explore the placebo effect, underlying mechanisms, modifying factors, and its role in the design and interpretation of clinical pain trials.

Understanding the Placebome: How Genomics Affects Placebo Response

Kathryn Hall

The Power of Placebo in Pain Studies

Luana Colloca

'Placebo' Interventions: Are They Even Possible?

Tina Doshi

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify patient and study design characteristics that can alter the placebo effect in pain studies and improve clinical trial design.
  • Assess various types of placebo treatments in pharmacological and interventional pain studies and their impact on study interpretation.
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Moderator:

Tina Doshi

Co-Presenters:

Kathryn Hall

Luana Colloca

4:45 PM–5:45 PM Friday, February 28

How to Get Your Research Published (213)

This recurring symposium is designed to assist new or young researchers in understanding the process of formalizing and executing publishable ideas and concepts and goes through the step-by-step process of preparing, writing, and submitting this work for publication.

Nuts and Bolts of Preparing a Publishable Idea

Norman Harden

Pragmatic Hints for Publication Strategy

W. Michael Hooten

Publishing FAQs

Rachel Safer

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the research process a propos developing projects that will ultimately be publishable.
  • Review the basic and common rules of publication.
  • Review the basic editorial process, using pain medicine as an example.
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2:45 PM–3:45 PM Friday, February 28

How to Get Your Research Funded (209)

This session provides a comprehensive overview for any clinician interested in pursuing a career in clinical research. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) program officer will decode funding opportunities for further research training, career development, and educational loan repayment. The productive mentor-mentee relationship will be discussed in the context of developing successful grant applications.

Advice for the Junior Investigator: Tips for Getting Started

Jennifer Hah

Mapping NIH Funding Opportunities to Career Stage

Yu Lin

Career Paths for the Clinician Scientist

Sean Mackey

Intellectual Property

Kayode Williams

AAPM's Research Grants Program

Robert Hurley, Norman Harden

Industry Funding

Norman Harden

NIH Research

Linda L. Porter

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify paths available at all career stages, from trainee to faculty, to pursue a career as a clinician scientist.
  • Compare NIH funding mechanisms available for research support, educational loan repayment, postdoctoral research training, and career development and to select appropriate funding opportunities given an individual’s research training and experience to date.
  • Demonstrate understanding of successful components of the mentor-mentee relationship and the critical role mentorship plays in supporting a clinician's research training and activities as well as to review the grant application process and components critical to writing a competitive grant application.

This session does not offer CME.

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Moderator:

Jennifer Hah

Co-Presenters:

Yu Lin

Sean Mackey

Kayode Williams

Robert Hurley

Norman Harden

Linda L. Porter

1:30 PM–2:30 PM Friday, February 28

Poster Research Highlights #2 (205)

Increasing both the quality and quantity of scientific pain research is a primary goal of the AAPM Annual Meeting. The Scientific Poster Abstract Committee has selected three of the highest ranking, most novel 2020 poster submissions for live presentation in this session.

Applying Machine Learning to Decrease Research Chart Reviews of Electronic Health Records: A Method of Automated Opioid Medication Classification for Pain Medicine Research

Sean McDermott, MD

Factors Related to Chronic Pain Patients' Decision to Initiate Behavioral Pain Treatment Following Their Pain Specialist Referral

Nathaniel Schuster, MD

Analysis of the Validity of Factors Predicting Performance in a Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program

Robert Bolash, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply machine learning to decrease chart reviews of EHRs.
  • Interpret factors related to patient decisions to initiate behavioral pain treatment following pain specialist referral.
  • Analyze validity of factors predicting performance in a multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship program.
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11:00 AM–12:00 PM Friday, February 28

Poster Research Highlights #1 (201)

Increasing both the quality and quantity of scientific pain research is a primary goal of the AAPM Annual Meeting. The Scientific Poster Abstract Committee has selected three of the highest ranking, most novel 2020 poster submissions for live presentation in this session.

ECAP-Controlled Closed-Loop SCS: Double-Blind, Randomized Trial for the Treatment of Chronic Pain – 12-Month Outcomes

Timothy Deer, MD

Sleep Quality Improvements Observed in the Evoke Study of ECAP Measurement and ECAP-Controlled Closed-Loop SCS

Shrif Costandi, MD

Identifying Phenotypic Subpopulations of Chronic Pain Patients Using K-Means Cluster Analysis of Body Map Data

Nathan Anderson, BA MDiv

Learning Objectives:

  • Review 12-month outcomes data for ECAP-controlled, closed-loop SCS.
  • Discuss sleep quality improvements following the Evoke Study of ECAP Measurement.
  • Discuss subpopulations of chronic pain patients.
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3:00 PM–4:00 PM Saturday, February 29

The Challenge of Translation of Basic Science to New Therapeutics in Pain Medicine (316)

We will investigate the reasons for the poor record of translation of preclinical research to new therapeutics in pain medicine.

Animal Models and Outcome Measures in Pain Research: To What Degree Can They Model Pain?

Gary Brenner

Target Identification to Novel Analgesic Discovery: Failures (and Successes) in Translation

James Eisenach

Rigor and Reproducibility in Preclinical Investigation

Devon Crawford

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand fundamental elements of well-designed fundamental research.
  • Become familiar with utility and limitation of the animal models used for preclinical investigation of nociception/pain.
  • Review failures and successes of translation of preclinical studies in pain.
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Moderator:

Gary Brenner

Co-Presenters:

James C. Eisenach

Devon Crawford

1:45 PM–2:45 PM Saturday, February 29

Addison Award: Pioneers in Pain Medicine Registries (311)

This session will recognize the three recipients of the 2020 American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Robert G. Addison, MD, Award for their pioneering work in the development of pain specialty registries.

Pain Assessment Screening Tool and Outcomes Registry

Chester Buckenmaier

Collaborative Health Outcomes Informative Registry

Sean Mackey

PAIN OUT

Winfried Meissner

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the recipients of the 2020 American Academy of Pain Medicine’s Robert G. Addison, MD Award.
  • Provide a forum for the three recipients to discuss their pioneering work in the field of patient registries.
  • Provide the opportunity for attendees to directly engage the recipients about their work.
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