2018 // 2016

International Pain Summer School 2016

Application closed!

Neural circuits of pain and their reorganisation in chronic pain

Germany, July 4th-8th, 2016

A critical challenge in contemporary neuroscience is to understand how structure and function in neural circuits determine complex behaviours. This too constitutes one of the most important challenges in the field of pain and is a prerequisite for effectively treating pain disorders. The international summer pain school, therefore, sets a sharp focus on interrogating, discussing and debating on structure-function properties of neural circuits that are of key importance to acute and chronic pain and how they are dynamically altered over the course of pain chronicity.

In a vibrant, interactive and interdisciplinary environment, the school will be structured into core courses, special lectures, methods-oriented workshops, trainee talks, debates, virtual projects for trainees to train as `principal investigator´ and direct one-to-one interactions with top-class international faculty. The gender-balanced faculty will comprise national and international scientifically acclaimed scientists representing multiple facets of pain and interactions with other disciplines such as fear & anxiety, depression, synaptic plasticity, immunology and imaging. Basic and clinical research will go hand-in-hand in ascertaining optimal educational and scientific perspectives for trainees.

The summer school will be situated in the beautiful city of Prien am Chiemsee, Germany which is easily accessible via public transportation. The number of trainees is to 50 to ensure close personal interactions.

A preliminary program can be downloaded here.

What you need to know

Application deadline for application: 10.06.2016


Rohini Kuner, Pharmacology Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Herta Flor, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany.

Summer school coordinators:

Dr. Pooja Gupta and Anastasia Bezyazykova

Contact: painschool2016@pharma.uni-heidelberg.de

Mandatory Registration:

Trainee fees: 500€, which includes accommodation, coffee breaks, non-alcoholic beverages during the sessions, lunch and dinner on all the days and the registration materials. Please provide the proof of your status (graduate student, medical student or junior postdoctoral fellow) via student identity card or the letter of support from your supervisor.


Dr. Pooja Gupta

Phone: +49-6221-548641

Email: painschool2016@pharma.uni-heidelberg.de

International faculty

The summer school's international faculty includes the following world renowned neuroscientists:

Markus Ploner, Technical University, Munich

Simon Beggs,University of Toronto, Canada

Karen Davis, University of Toronto, Canada

Yves De Koninck, Laval University, Canada

Sigrid Elsenbruch, University Clinic Essen, Germany

Herta Flor, Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University

Rohini Kuner, Medical Faculty, Heidelberg University, Germany

Thomas Kuner, Medical faculty, Heidelberg University, Germany

Jeff Mogil, McGill University, Canada

Carla Nau, Department of Anaesthesiology, Lübeck, Germany

Michael Salter, University of Toronto,Canada

Martin Schmelz, Medical faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University

Hans-Georg Schaible, University Clinic Jena

Rainer Spanagel, Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University

Petra Schweinhardt, McGill University, Canada

Rolf-Detlef Treede, Medical faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University

Norbert Weidner, Medical faculty, Heidelberg University, Germany

Stay tuned!

Our International Pain Summer School was a productive and successful week and a wonderful memory for all the participants.

We are cordially inviting all of you to join the Paincircuits conference in Heidelberg in Septemberg, an official EFIC satellite .

Meanwhile we are already planning the next Painschool 2018. Be sure to follow us to get the latest news: