Some good news for America’s Back Pain Problem?

A couple of weeks ago, I had a mock interview for a new research fellowship with our national research council. In my rather sheltered life, these interviews are a rather big deal – whether or not I am to remain a government-funded medical researcher hangs on the line and the chances are intimidatingly thin. The mock interview then, aims to give … [Read more...]

What about congenital insensitivity to pain?

We had a question recently from Mensah Y Amedzo who asked: Hi Lorimer, with regards to this statement “nociception is neither sufficient nor necessary for pain” how do you explain the fact that people with Congenital Insensitivity to Pain never experience pain even though other sensations are intact and they obviously have a brain. They don’t … [Read more...]

Reductionism vs The Big Picture – can we have our kayak and heat it too?

I am down on sleep and have penned a rather personal post, because right now, on the back of some outstanding conversations with some truly impressive newly ‘graduating’ Anaesthetic and Pain Medicine fellows*, it seems an important reflection to share. Yesterday I caught up with my good mate Jono.  Conversation with Jono is always rewarding. He … [Read more...]

Bring on the Pain Revolution!

When it comes to health, rural communities take more than their fair share of the burden of disease and disability. Chronic pain is no exception to this rule – stats would suggest that these problems are bigger in rural communities than they are in the cities. The prevalence of persistent disabling pain, pain-related opioid dependency and … [Read more...]

BiM has a shake-up – introducing our Commissioning Editors, International Advisors and Associate Editors

BiM is ready for a slight shake up. We are changing our editorial structure to move away from subject areas and towards a model that we think will improve your experience of our service. So, we now have a list of Commissioning Editors, the names of whom you can see on the left. We are lucky enough to have an interdisciplinary, international group, … [Read more...]

PainAdelaide at your place! Help us take it to the world!

PainAdelaide is possibly the best little pain meeting in the world. This year is no exception - we have Prof Frank Keefe, Prof Gian Domenico Iannetti, Prof Serge Marchand, A Prof Kevin Vowles, A Prof Greg Crawford and a gaggle of other top shelf speakers. They all have to answer this question before we let them off the stage - So what? We will have … [Read more...]

Explainer – what is pain?

This is an expanded and re-targeted version of the original piece, 'Explainer-What is Pain', published in The Conversation. ‘..if someone has a pain in his hand, then the hand does not say so ….. one does not comfort the hand, but the sufferer: one looks into his face.’ Wittgenstein 1953[1] ‘So what is pain?’ It might seem like an easy question – … [Read more...]

The BiM 2015 Christmas Edition

As is customary, it is time to look back on another stellar year in the Body in Mind Research group. Just in case you had forgotten, here is our brief ‘who are we’ blurb: The Body in Mind research group is based at the Sansom Institute for Health Research at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, and Neuroscience Research Australia in … [Read more...]

Chronic pain is a brain thang – right?

One last offering from the Neuropathic Pain Meeting in Nice - first sent as an email to the NeuPSIG special interest group. To join NeuPSIG, click here. PCP - CNS or PNS? GLM covers 2SS - the SBS & the SSS present ATS @ NSM in SNS Too many acronyms are hardly enough, but this session at NeuPSIG 2015 had much much more than a whole lot of … [Read more...]

EP3 AND PainAdelaide April 2016

EP3 By the sea... Adelaide, Australia, 1-3 April 2016 AND PainAdelaide 2016, 4 April 2016 Five speakers to ignite your senses. Four days to learn, connect and be inspired. One unique Festival of Pain. What could be better than four days of pain-dedicated cutting edge education and learning? Prof Frank Keefe 
Prof Giandomenico … [Read more...]