Saturday, February 29 (26)

7:00 PM–8:30 PM

Problem-Based Learning Discussions at Granite City Brewery

Step out of the convention center on Saturday night, February 29, 7-8:30 pm, for an evening of conversation and refreshments during the AAPM 2020 Problem-Based Learning Discussion event at Granite City Food & Brewery in National Harbor, MD.

The event offers meeting goers a chance to network with colleagues by engaging in interactive discussions on controversial topics related to real-world cases. Expert faculty members including Drs. Eric Schoomaker, Beth Darnall, Trip Buckenmaier, Mark Wallace, Nafisseh Warner, Gary Brenner, and Stephen Wegener will guide table conversations in a relaxed, social atmosphere to promote more in-depth discussions on contemporary topics pertinent to practicing pain medicine.

Each ticket includes entry to the event and appetizers, plus your first drink is on AAPM.

To sign up online, select the PBLD event during step 3 of the checkout process while you’re registering for the meeting. Existing meeting registrants can add a PBLD ticket to their registration by calling 847-375-4731. Onsite registration will be available at the meeting registration desk.

Space is limited, and registration will be available until the event sells out.

Table Topics & Faculty

Integrative pain management and the state of pain care in the military

Eric Schoomaker

Pain psychology

Beth Darnall & Stephen Wegener


Mark Wallace

How to get your foot in the door with academic medicine: Research and Beyond

Nafisseh Warner & Gary Brenner


4:15–5:15 PM

General Session IV

The Role of the Peripheral Nervous System in the Progression of Acute to Chronic Pain (105)

Acute pain from injury, most commonly studied after surgery, clearly originates in the periphery where sensory nerves are directly injured or bathed with sensitizing substances. Chronic pain after recovery from a peripheral wound can relieved by peripheral nerve block, but does that mean that the peripheral input is not normal? This lecture describes the normal, subacute and chronic response of peripheral nerves after surgery and new data that challenge our notions of where the problem is and a tantalizing approach to how to treat it. Hint – it’s not really about C fibers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role of different types of sensory fibers in the normal condition and after injury in signaling pain.
  • Challenge classic notions of the types of sensory fibers that underlie chronic pain and allodynia.
  • Report new treatments which could return the peripheral nervous system to normal more rapidly after injury.

James C. Eisenach, MD


Patrick Tighe

3:00 PM–4:00 PM

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.

James C. Eisenach

Devon Crawford


Gary Brenner

3:00 PM–4:00 PM

Headache Rapid-Fire: Headache Management Pearls for the Pain Provider (315)

Headache, facial pain, and interventions commonly are are referred to a pain specialist, as they often are under-represented in pain training. This will be a fast-paced, case-based, audience-involved session focusing on practical clinical pearls in the diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders seen in pain medicine practices.

Headache Rapid-Fire Panel

James Watson, Dmitri Souza, Meredith Barad

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize common headache syndromes seen in pain medicine practices and evidence-based treatment recommendations.
  • Interpret the role of interventional procedures in various headache syndromes.
  • Identify unique treatments appropriate for spontaneous intracranial hypotension headache, cluster headache, severe acute on chronic headache, and refractory chronic daily headaches.

Meredith Barad

Dmitri Souza


James Watson

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