Department of Psychology

Researchers from Bath Centre for Pain Research make their mark at Pain Conference

Thu May 26 18:07:00 BST 2016

Researchers from the Bath Centre for Pain Research (BCPR) stood out at this year’s British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, which was held ln Harrogate, 10 th-12 th May 2016. They contributed seminars, oral presentations and posters about the wide range of work being conducted.

The highlight was that the work of two PhD students, Rhiannon Edwards and Katelynn Boerner, was highly rated by the scientific committee – their poster abstracts were rated to be in the top 5 submitted by students and trainees, and were invited to give oral presentations of their work.

Rhiannon Edwards, who is currently in the third year of her PhD, and based in the BCPR and Department of Psychology, won 1 st prize for her presentation entitled ‘Pain communication: is there a difference between strangers, friends and romantic partners?’ Dr Ed Keogh, who is Rhiannon’s lead supervisor and Deputy Director of the BCPR, said ”this is an excellent achievement and well deserved. Rhiannon gave a highly impressive presentation, which covered three of her PhD studies to an interdisciplinary audience of pain specialists. It was a masterclass in effective scientific communication”.

The awards did not stop there, and the 2 nd place prize went to Katelynn Boerner, who is based at Dalhouise University in Canada, for her presentation ‘Sex differences in psychological therapies for pediatric chronic pain: impact on pain, disability, and psychological distress’. This work was conducted when Katelynn visited the BCPR as a visiting postgraduate student to learn more about Dr Keogh’s work on sex and gender differences in pain. Dr Keogh commented “Katelynn delivered an excellent, highly competent, presentation. It was a delight to host her in the Centre, and for us to have the opportunity to work together. This is also a great example of the international nature of the work we conduct, and reflects the start of a new collaboration with Katelynn and her PhD supervisor, Dr Christine Chambers”.

Another success was for Dr Janet Bultitude, who is based in the Department of Psychology and also a member of the BCPR. Her poster entitled ‘Biased visual attention in patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome’ was not only a top rated abstract, but the conference committee selected her work for an Oral Presentation Award.

Dr Keogh’s work was also selected by the conference committee as amongst the top rated abstracts. Two of his poster abstracts were selected to be presented as oral presentations. In addition, he organised a seminar on ‘Men, Masculinity and Pain’, where he also gave a presentation on his latest work, and highlighted the relevance of taking a men’s health to help better understand of men and women’s pain.

Also in attendance was Samantha Wratten, who is in the first year of her PhD at the BCPR, and Prof. Chris Eccleston (Director of the BCPR) who chaired a seminar on ‘Shame, guilt, humiliation: the self-conscious emotions in chronic pain’.

To find out more about the Bath Centre for Pain Research, see

To take part in a new online survey on Gender and Pain (adults, aged 18 and over), conducted by BCPR PhD student Samantha Wratten, see