The 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Irish Pain Society was held virtually on Saturday 16th October 2021. Clinical experts and scientists from Europe, the UK, Canada and the US spanning a range of professional disciplines including basic science, pain medicine, surgery, nursing, physiotherapy and psychology presented their work to an audience of scientists and health practitioners. Marking the Global Year about Back Pain, the meeting heard about challenges and opportunities in identifying and treating back pain, and new and innovative approaches in research and clinical practice. In addition, the latest pain research was presented from across Ireland with researchers from NUI Galway’s Centre for Pain Research receiving prestigious prizes, continuing an impressive track record of success in these competitions.
Rachel Humphrey, a final year PhD student supervised by Dr Michelle Roche and Prof David Finn, won the Irish Pain Research Network (IPRN) Medal for her short oral presentation entitled “Altered somatosensory and inflammatory pain responding in the VPA rat model of autism”. Fodhla ni Chéileachair, supervised by Dr. Hannah Durand and Prof Brian McGuire, won the Clinical Research Medal for her presentation on “Coping with primary dysmenorrhea: A qualitative analysis of period pain management among students who menstruate”. Stephanie Bourke, an IRC-funded PhD student under the supervision of Prof David Finn and Prof Brian McGuire, was awarded the runner up prize in the Clinical Research category for her poster on “Alterations in plasma endocannabinoid levels in patients with neuropathic pain”. The research competition was judged by a panel of international experts who commended the high quality of the research. Co-Directors for the Centre for Pain Research, Dr Michelle Roche, Prof David Finn and Prof Brian McGuire, congratulated all the prize winners and stated that such achievements are a testament to the high quality pain research being carried out at NUI Galway.
Picture: Prof Brian McGuire, Dr Michelle Roche, Prof David Finn, Stephanie Bourke and Rachel Humphrey.