Young Bath pain researchers recognised at national pain meeting

Two members of the Centre for Pain Research in Bath received commendations and prizes for the most promising work amongst young pain scientists.

They attended the National Scientific Meeting of British Pain Society in Manchester from 13 to 16 April. Out of 130 submissions to present their research work, five were chosen to give brief plenary lectures to an audience of 700 pain professionals. Two of the five were Centre for Pain Research scientists.

David Moore, who is a post doctoral fellow in the Centre was asked by the scientific committee to present his ground breaking work on the effect that pain has on people's ability to think clearly and make decisions. This highly technical work which is part of a grant funded programme on developing new methods of testing pain killers, was recognised for its far reaching potential to change how we view medicines for pain in the future.

Kevin Vowles, who was a post doctoral fellow in the Centre for five years and now a honorary fellow was asked by the scientific committee to present his work on how to adapt a successful clinical pain treatment programme developed in Bath, to a primary care setting. Kevin left the centre recently to take up an new consultant post leading a brand new pain team in primary care in Staffordshire and The University of Keele. This work was considered highly innovative, and relevant to the NHS.

Professor Christopher Eccleston, Director of the Centre said: "I am extremely pleased that the society has been able to recognize the talents and abilities of both David and Kevin. Although they are doing very different work, one in our laboratory, and one out in primary care, they are both working with complex problems, and looking for solutions that might improve the lives of millions of people suffering with pain."

He added: "It is particularly pleasing for me to see that our fellows move on to take up senior leadership positions in other organizations. Developing, supporting and sustaining relevant science is at the heart of what we do in Bath."

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