Pain Science In Motion IV Congress Maastricht

Increasing awareness on the relevance of pain

Every two years the Pain Science in Motion congress is organised to increase awareness on the relevance of pain. The focus of this research colloquium is on research methods in pain sciences, rather than on research findings or (clinical) applications of research findings from pain science.

Providing PhD researchers a podium

The program focuses on the methodological part of the research process, as opposed to results only. Furthermore, the conference is unique as it specifically provides PhD researchers a podium to primarily present their questions, experiences and solutions on research methodology and secondarily their study results. Also the pedagogical content and structure of the conference is built on an active learning approach for and from the PhD students. 

Inspiring young researchers

The congress aims at inspiring young researchers in the field, which is achieved through four keynote lectures, meet-the-expert sessions and meet-your-peers meeting. With its focus on research methods in pain science, and being the only pain congress in the world to focus on PhD researchers in the field of pain, this congress is unique in the field of pain.

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Jointly organised

This Pain Science in Motion Congress IV builds on the highly successful previous editions of the Pain Science in Motion Congress held in 2015 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium; in 2017 at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden; and in 2019 at the University of Genoa in Savona, Italy.

The conference is jointly organized by the Pain in Motion international research group, the department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Research School of CAPHRI, Maastricht University, and the Center of Expertise in Rehabilitation and Pain Adelante/MUMC+.

With its focus on research methods in pain science, and being the only pain congress in the world to focus on PhD researchers in the field of pain, this congress is unique in the field of pain.

Local Organizing Committee 2022

Day 1

Thursday May 19, 2022 the chairs will open the 4th Pain Science in Motion Congress and Prof. Dr. Rianne Letschert, president of Maastricht University will welcome the congress delegates. Next, Prof. Dr. Mick Thacker and Prof. Dr. Inge Timmers will provide keynote lectures on predictive processing modelling and neuroimaging in pain.
You will get the chance to meet the keynotes during the meet-the-expert sessions during which they will provide input and answer questions on implementing your required professional skills to other areas of practice and research and on the impact of going abroad on your scientific career.
During an organised network activity, you will get to know other pain researchers and clinicians. PhD researchers will communicate their work in the field of the pain through parallel oral and interactive poster presentations which are followed by Q&A’s with the conference delegates. The day will end with the option to attend an inspiring social networking event.

Day 2

Friday May 20, 2022 keynote speakers Prof. Dr. Jan Hartvigsen and Prof. Dr. Mira Meeus will provide lectures on the rehabilitation of pain patients and the importance of research methodology in this context. During the meet-the-expert sessions these established keynote speakers will provide their expertise on how to effectively assess and review scientific literature, evaluate study quality and impact, and how to become more engaged in implementation of evidence and health policy.

During the meet-your-peers session your will get the chance to and network with your peers. PhD researchers will communicate their work in the field of the pain through parallel oral presentations and interactive poster walks. The conference will be closed with a summary of the meeting and a ceremony during which award finalists and winners will be announced.

Post Conference

Saturday May 21, 2022 various refresher courses and workshops are available to delegates of the 4th Pain Science in Motion Congress at Maastricht.

Topics are:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy;
    Max 30 participants.
  • Exposure in Vivo;
    Max 40 participants.
  • Pain Education for cancer (survivors);
    Max 30 participants.
  • Chronic Pain and Nutrition.
    Max 30 participants.

Each postconference course continues only if a minimum number of participants signs up before 1th of May 2022. Note that there is a maximum numbers of participants per course. Participation will be based on order of registration.

Our Keynote Speakers

Mira Meeus

Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy.

Jan Hartvigsen

Professor of Clinical Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal research.

Inge Timmers
Netherlands / United States

Senior researcher and Visiting Professor.

Michael (Mick) Thacker
United Kingdom

Professor of Physiotherapy, Pain and Rehabilitation.

Congress Venue

Crown Plaza, Ruiterij 1, Maastricht (Nl)

The congress will be held at the Crown Plaza in the center of the city Maastricht in the Netherlands. Crowne Plaza Maastricht is a four-star hotel beautifully situated direct at the North bank of the river Maas.

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