Tuesday 2nd


17.00 - 17.05     Welcome: Toshio Yanagida

17.05-18.00       Opening Address:  Seiji Ogawa

18.00                 Sake reception


Wednesday 3rd

Session 1           Chair: Eiichi Naito 

9.45-10.20         Giandomenico Iannetti (UCL, UK). Protecting the Body: Cortical Mechanisms of Threat Detection and Pain

10.20-10.55        Markus Ploner (University of Munich, Germany). Neurophysiology of ongoing pain.


Session 2         Chair: Patrick Monaghan

11.15–11.50         Marwan Baliki (Northwestern University, USA). Hub disruption of brain functional networks: a hallmark of chronic pain.

11.50-12.25        Ulrike Bingel (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany). Cognitive modulation of analgesic treatments.

Lunch Seminar from Shionogi

Session 4          Chair: Mieke Aspergis-Shoute

13.30-14.05        Lauren Atlas (National Institute of Health, USA). How expectations shape pain and aversive learning.

14.05-14.40        Kae Nakamura (Kansai). Good and bad information is represented in the single dorsal raphe neurons


Session 4          Chair: Aya Nakae

15.00-15.35        Falk Eippert (University of Oxford). 'Nociceptive processing in the human spinal cord.'

15.35-16.10         Masabumi Minami  (Hokkaido). Roles of the BNST in pain-induced aversion

Japanese tea and sweets 

16.30-18.30        Main poster session       


Thursday 4th

Session 1           Chair: Youichi Saitoh

9.30-10.05         Alex Green  (Oxford University, UK). Deep Brain Stimulation for Chronic Neuropathic Pain

10.05-10.30        Takufumi Yanagisawa (Osaka University, Japan). Neuromodulation of deafferentation pain using real-time MEG

10-30-10.55       Koichi Hosomi (Osaka University, Japan). Primary motor cortex stimulation for neuropathic pain.



 Session 2         Chair: Masahiko Shibata

11.15-11.50          Claire Gillan (Cambridge University). Functional neuroimaging of avoidance converges on a habit account of obsessive compulsive disorder. 

11.50-12.05        Hiroaki Mano (CiNet, Japan). Thermal perceptual learning in humans.

12.05-12.20       Masaki Maruyama (IfReC / CiNet, Japan) Pain-related decision making: Behavioral modeling and neuroimaging approaches

Lunch seminar from Shimadzu

Session 3          Chair: Michael Lee

13.30-14.05        Tor Wager (University of Colorado Boulder, USA) The neurophysiology of pain and pain regulation: A multiple-system view.

14.05-14.40        Katja Wiech (Bath University, UK). The neural basis of symptom perception.


Session 4          Chair: Jian Li

15.00-15.35        Joshua Johansen (RIKEN, Japan) A neural circuit mechanism for triggering and setting the strength of aversive memories.

15.35-16.10         Fusao Kato (Jikei University, Japan). Parabrachial-amygdala projection in the inflammatory
pain chronification.

Japanese tea and sweets

Session 5          Chair: Jiro Kurata

16.30-17.05        Martin Koltzenburg (UCL, UK) Nociceptor excitability as cause for chronic pain and target for analgesia.

17.05-17.40        Makoto Tominaga (National Institute of Physiological Sciences, Japan). Molecular mechanisms for detecting noxious stimuli in the peripheral nerve endings.

18.30  -               Evening reception party


Friday 5th

Session 1           Chair: Aya Nakae

09.45-10.20       Ben Seymour (CiNet, Japan). How to build a pain system.

10.20-10.55        Lars Arendt-Nielsen (Aalborg University, Denmark). Revealing the secrets of the human pain system by using mechanistic biomarkers .


Session 2          Chair: Ben Seymour

11.15- 11.50          Susanne Becker (University of Mannheim, Germany). The good and the bad: perceptual effects and neural correlates of the interaction of reward and pain.

11.50 – 12.25      Ryusuke Kakigi (National Institute of Physiological Sciences, Japan) Pain and itch perception in humans