The Bath Centre for Pain Research invites local people to its launch

Local people are invited to an evening event to celebrate the launch of a pioneering pain research centre at the University of Bath (Tuesday 2 June).

Staff from the new Bath Centre for Pain Research will give presentations on their work into controlling pain and relieving pain-related suffering. There will also be an opportunity to meet the research team and view an exhibition of more of the centre's projects.

Researchers are leading the field in a number of areas, including work to understand childhood pain and its impact on families. They have created novel treatments for children with persistent pain, and have played a key role in a global campaign to raise awareness of childhood pain and suffering.

Dr Lindsey Cohen will talk about a series of studies that are examining the effectiveness of distraction for children's medical procedure pain relief. He will describe the evaluation of a project led by nurses, using films as a distraction for immunisation injections in young children. He will relate this to his work on adolescents experiencing chronic pain.

The way in which men and women experience pain differently will be discussed by Dr Ed Keogh, drawing on wide-ranging research that indicates that women generally experience greater suffering than men. He will also present evidence that men and women may respond differently to some pain treatments.

Dr Candy McCabe will talk about the body's motor-control system and how it can cause pain and other medical conditions if problems arise.

The evening will be introduced by the Director of the new centre, Professor Chris Eccleston. He said: "I look forward to welcoming the local community to the launch of the new Bath Centre for Pain Research. We are at the forefront of discovery, innovation and technology development in the management of pain and this event is an opportunity for people to come along and find out why."

The centre works in collaboration with a number of research partners, including locally the Royal United Hospital and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases.

The free event will be held in the University's ICIA building on the Claverton campus, in room 3WN on Tuesday 2 June from 5pm to 8.30pm. The lectures will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity to meet the centre staff and view an exhibition of its research.

For tickets and information please contact Neil Carpenter at n.a.carpenter@bath.ac.uk or tel 01225 386575.

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