Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med. Sci., PhD, FRSM
Head of the Center for Sensory–Motor Interaction, Department of Health Science Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark
After years in London as a postgraduate student at University College and as a research fellow at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Dr. Arendt-Nielsen returned to Denmark where he earned his advanced degrees from Aalborg (PhD) and Aarhus (Dr. Med. Sci.) universities.
His research focus is on 1) translational pain research, 2) experimental methods for the assessment of pain from skin, muscles and viscera in healthy volunteers and pain patients and 3) development of human pain bio-markers for screening of new analgesic and anti-inflammatory compounds in volunteers and pain patients), 4) proof-of-concept studies on new analgesic and anti-inflammatory compounds. Dr. Arendt-Nielsen has delivered over 210 keynote lectures at international meetings and seminars and published more than 750 papers on experimental and clinical pain research in international peer reviewed journals Dr. Arendt-Nielsen is a council member of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), was head of the IASP 2010 Global Year Against pain (focus on musculoskeletal pain) and head of the IASP grant committee. Dr. Arendt-Nielsen has been guest professor at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Okasaka, Japan, honorary professor at Xian Jiaotong University, School of Medicine China and honorary professor at University of Bern, Medical Faculty, Switzerland. Dr. Arendt-Nielsen is also a co-founder and director of the international Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI) with 90 employees and 60 PhD-students enrolled. SMI is located at Aalborg University, Denmark. He founded the translational pain research group at SMI more than 25 years ago. SMI hosts the worlds largest translational pain research unit and has a substantial network of researchers in 15 countries, incorporating universities, hospitals, and the leading international biomedical/pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Arendt-Nielsen is also the co-founder of C4Pain.
Tony Yaksh, PhD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, UCSD Medical School, San Diego, USA
Dr. Yaksh obtained his PhD degree from Purdue University (1971) and served in the U.S. Army, working in the Biomedical Laboratory at Edgewood Arsenal, MD (1971-73). He was a research scientist in the School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin (1973-76) and an Associate Research Scientist in the Anatomy Department at University College London (1976-77). He was at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, from 1977 to 1988, reaching the rank of Professor in Pharmacology and Neurosurgery. Dr. Yaksh joined UCSD in 1988 as Professor and Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology and Professor of Pharmacology. s. He has been funded consistently by the NIH since 1977 and has been a mentor to more than 100 post-graduate Fellow. He has received several awards, including the FWL Kerr award of the American Pain Society, Peter W. Lampert Memorial Lecturer, Academy of Pain Medicine, Award for Outstanding Contributions to Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) Annual Award for Excellence in Research.