9:15–10 am Friday, April 27

General Session II and Award Presentations (103)

AAPM received a record high number of scientific abstract poster submissions in 2018. The Scientific Poster Abstract Committee, Chaired by James C. Watson, MD, thoroughly reviewed abstracts. The highest-ranking poster abstract authors were invited to present their research to AAPM Annual Meeting attendees during this General Session. Attendees can look forward to learning about some of the most cutting-edge science in the field of pain medicine.

The Founders Award will be presented.

Plenary Research Highlights

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 the highest-ranking, most novel 2018 poster submissions for live presentation in this plenary venue.

Poster reviews are currently underway and speakers will be announced in early-2018.


James C. Watson, MD

11 am–12 pm Friday, April 27

Basic, Translational, and Clinical Perspectives on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) (201)

The prevalence of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) remains high, however, definitive diagnosis is often delayed and treatment is not optimal secondary to lack of knowledge about best practices. This program will change learners’ approach to the diagnosis and management of CRPS in order to optimize early, mechanisms-based interdisciplinary treatment.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: From the Bench to the Bedside and Back

Vivianne Tawfik, MD PhD

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Thoughts on Diagnosis and Promising New Therapies

R. Norman Harden, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of the mechanisms underlying CRPS and the rationale behind newer treatment options.
  • Employ the best approach to the diagnosis of CRPS including an appreciation of emerging diagnostic developments.
  • Define cutting edge treatment options including interdisciplinary approaches.
11 am–12 pm Friday, April 27

Brain Imaging of Chronic Pain, Research Findings and Guidelines for Medicolegal Applications (202)

This session will discuss brain imaging technologies to study chronic pain, along with nerve and brain nerve abnormalities in chronic pain conditions, treatment effects, and pre-treatment outcome indicators. In addition, faculty will discuss IASP task force findings of the technical and neuroethical issues of using brain imaging to diagnose and prognosticate treatment outcomes.

Abnormalities of the Dynamic Pain Connectome in Chronic Pain: Can Neuroimaging Be Used to Predict Pain and Treatment Outcomes?

Karen D. Davis, PhD

Brain Functional and Anatomical Reorganization in the Management of Chronic Pain

Marwan N. Baliki, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the multidimensional and plasticity of the dynamic pain connectome (brain circuitry underlying pain).
  • Review the contribution of individual factors to the dynamic pain connectome in chronic pain patients.
  • Review the IASP task force recommendations of the use of brain imaging for pain diagnostics and prognostics.
  • Examine how neuroimaging techniques might aid clinicians in designing more efficacious strategies for pain treatment and rehabilitation.
2:15–3:15 pm Saturday, April 28

The New Definition(s) of Pain: Update on Pain Taxonomies, HCAHPS Metrics, and Diagnostic Systems (307)

Recently, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, FDA, and American Pain Society and have developed new approaches towards establishing a formal taxonomy of acute and chronic pain conditions. This session reviews existing and proposed systems for categorizing pain conditions, including those with related mandates by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The New Taxonomies of Pain: AAPT, AAAPT, HCAHPS, and ICD11

Patrick J. Tighe, MD MS

How to Change the Discussion: Principles of Formulation and Validation of Diagnostic Criteria

Stephen Bruehl, PhD

From Publication to Practice: Clinical Impact of Updated Taxonomic Structures in Sickle Cell Disease Pain

Carlton Dampier, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the rationale, development, and implementation of new taxonomies for acute and chronic pain.
  • Review key requirements for the validation and utility of pain classification systems.
  • Review multidimensional considerations of acute and chronic sickle cell pain management.
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