Connecting European Neuroscience

International Pain Summer School

January 8th, 2018 to January 12th, 2018
Santiago De Chile, Chile

Neuroscience, Chronic Pain, Neuronal Circuit

About the Event

Call for applications for participation in

International Pain Summer School in South America

The societal burden of chronic pain: neural circuits, mechanisms and new therapeutic avenues

Santiago de Chile, Chile, 8-12 January 2018 

Apply by November 30th, 2017 at


Pain is a major global burden and still evades effective therapy. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is committed to improving pain education as a key strategy towards understanding and treating pain. Consistent with goals and programs of the IASP, the main aim of the International Pain Summer School in South America is to address mechanisms mediating the transition between acute pain and chronic, pathological pain and how these are modulated by, and in turn, modulate societal factors. This pain school also focusses 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.

The school will be structured into refresher courses, special lectures, methods-oriented workshops, trainee talks, debates, and direct one-to-one interactions with dynamic and inspiring international faculty. The international gender-balanced faculty will comprise multidisciplinary scientifically leading scientists representing multiple facets of pain and interactions with other disciplines. Basic and clinical research will go hand-in-hand in ascertaining optimal educational and scientific perspectives for trainees from all disciplines. Another key aim is to promote scientific and cultural exchange between South American scientists and the international pain community.

The summer school will be held at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America (HCLA) in Santiago de Chile, Chile. The number of trainees will be limited to 35-40 to ensure close personal interactions.


Rohini Kuner, Pharmacology Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany

Rolf- Detlef Treede, Centre for Biomedicine and Medical Technology, Mannheim, Germany

Herta Flor, Central Institute of Mental Health and Heidelberg Univ., Mannheim, Germany

Faculty include:

Yves DeKoninck, Michael Salter, Jeff Mogil, Karen Davis, Marucia Chacur, Roberto Guiloff, Margarita Calvo, Jimmy Stehberg Liberman, Rohini Kuner, Herta Flor, Jan Siemens, Thomas Kuner, Rolf-Detlef Treede

Summer school coordinators:

Dr. Pooja Gupta and Rose LeFaucheur                             


Official website:

Application deadline: 30.11.2017

Mandatory registration: Interested candidates should submit application materials comprising a letter of motivation, CV including list of publications if any, letter of support from supervisor or mentor and proof of your status (graduate student, medical student or junior postdoctoral fellow) via student identity card or official letter from supervisor. Selection of candidates will be based upon merit.

Costs: The participation in the summer school including accommodation and main meals over the 5-day period is free of costs. Travel has to be organized individually by the applicants and should be covered via the applicants’ institutes. 

Enquiries:Dr. Pooja Gupta
Phone: +49-6221-548641


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