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Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria - Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

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Naples Pain Conference (NPC):

Research and Therapy for human and animal suffering

MAY 16th - 19th, 2010

"To discuss and present the latest developments in Pain Discovery and Therapeutics"

Via Partenope, Napoli

Venue: Centro Congressi dell'Ateneo Federico II, via Partenope 36 80131 - NAPOLI, IT

Hotel Royal Continental

Under the auspices of:

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Polo delle Scienze e Tecnologie della Vita

Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici

Accademia Pontaniana

Società Nazionale di Scienze Lettere ed Arti in Napoli

Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Bioetica (CIRB)

Pio Monte della Misericordia in Napoli

















Naples Pain Conference (NPC): Research and Therapy for human and animal suffering

We are far from a full understanding of pain and analgesia. All of the human pain treatments are also in the domain of veterinary medicine, substantiating shared pain mechanisms by animals.

The quality and degree of suffering change with the stimulus, the individual, and with states of arousal and affect. These factors in turn alter pain control mechanisms.

In spite of million years of humankind experience, and the developments in medicine, significant progress with pain knowledge is quite recent. Significant developments from the 1960s include the synthesis of new analgesic molecules and the Gate Control theory of pain, the discovery of the opiate receptor system in the 1970s and the cyclooxygenase discovery in the 1980s. More recent discoveries include evidence of spinal plasticity, of windup mechanisms that can prolong or enhance pain, and the therapeutic value of preemptive and multimodal analgesia. In spite of this progress most pain medications also cause a number of unwanted side effects.

Pain is a huge scientific and social issue raising ethical and economical problems. The Aim of this Conference is to update and share the latest developments regarding Pain mechanisms and therapeutics among basic scientists, physicians, and veterinarians.

On behalf of the scientific and organizing committees, I am honoured to invite you to join the Naples Pain Conference (NPC): Research and Therapy for human and animal suffering.

Giancarlo Vesce

Conference president