26-30 / 06 / 2024


Kraków / Poland


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18 Lecturers

About EFIC pain schools

About EFIC pain schools

The European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Schools are a series of interactive teaching courses, taking place over 4-5 days, targeted at early career medical doctors from all disciplines relevant to pain, including but not limited to pain medicine, anaesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry, palliative care medicine. The Schools also cover interprofessional aspects and physiotherapists, psychologists and nurses are encouraged to apply. Basic researchers can also benefit and are encouraged to apply for the translational pain research School in particular.

Ongoing the European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Schools:

June, 2024

Translational Pain Research: From Lab to Clinic”  Krakow, (Poland), Director:  Barbara Przewlocka

Focus: To develop skills on translational pain research for the purpose of building research projects based on the latest knowledge on physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology of pain, based on bi-directional translational studies.


November 2024
“Pain Psychology for non-psychologists” Verona (Italy), Director Stefano Tamburini.

Focus: Psychological aspects are integral to the experience of acute and chronic pain and significantly modulate pain experience, medication adherence and pain relief. This school aims to provide deeper understanding of the psychological dimensions of pain to guide healthcare professionals without a specific psychological expertise in choosing optimal pain management strategies.


October 2025 (Last was in October 2022)
“The Neuropathic Pain” Lyon (France), Director Luis Garcia-Larrea.

Focus: To develop skills for assessing and treating neuropathic pain. To offer clarity on the most recent scientific evidence and guide lines to diagnose, assess and manage neuropathic pain, with critical appraisal on pharmacological and non pharmacological therapeutic  options.

A brief history of the School in Krakow

The first school in Krakow took place in 2015. The initiator of this school was Dr. Andreas Kopf, who proposed Krakow as a place for a new school and contacted prof. Barbara Przewłocka, who later became the organizer of schools in Krakow. Luis Villanueva, who together with Andreas Kopf from EFIC, supported this initiative, had a great influence on the shape of the school. In the ongoing discussion on the subject of the school, Luis Villanueva’s opinion prevailed that an important problem in modern medicine is the translation of results from basic research into clinical trials and cooperation between clinicians and scientists. This subject was chosen as the leading one for the school in Krakow and it was a very good choice. The school received a very good reputation and the next ones were held in 2017 and 2019. After a break caused by the pandemic, now, in 2024, on June 26-30, the fourth edition of the school will be held.

Lecturers: 2015

Ulrike Bingel Essen
Tony Dickenson London
Per Hansson Stokholm
Eija Kalso Helsinki
Andreas Kopf Berlin
Michaela Kress Innsbruck
Hans Kress Vienna
Rafael Maldonado Barcelona
Halina Machelska Berlin
Joanna Mika Krakow
Dorit Pud Haifa
Pierrick Poisbeau* Strasbourg
Jurgen Sandkühler Vienna
Katarzyna Starowicz Krakow
Christoph Stein Berlin
Luis Villanueva Paris

Lecturers 2017

Anthony Dickenson London
Alain Eschalier Clermont-Ferrand
Luis Garcia-Larrea Lyon
Per Hansson Oslo/Stockholm
Eija Kalso Helsinki
Andreas Kopf Berlin
Michaela Kress Innsbruck
Halina Machelska Berlin
Stephen McMahon London
Joanna Mika Krakow
Bart Morlion Leuven
Dorit Pud Haifa
Barbara Przewlocka Krakow
Ryszard Przewlocki Krakow
Jürgen Sandkühler Vienna
Christoph Stein, Berlin
Katarzyna Starowicz Krakow
Luis Villanueva Paris

Lecturers 2019

Kirsty Bannister London
Tony Dickenson London
Alain Eschalier Clermont-Ferrand
Luis Garcia-Larrea Lyon
Per Hanson Stockholm
Eija Kalso Helsinki
Halina Machelska Berlin
Stephen McMahon London
Christoph Stein, Berlin
Dorit Pud Haifa
Jurgen Sandkuhler Vienna
Rafael Maldonado, Barcelona
Thorgeirsson TE Thoiger Reykjavik
Luis Villanueva Paris
Joanna Mika Krakow
Ryszard Przewlocki Krakow

Lecturers 2024

Daniel Segelcke

Munster, Germany


Luana Colloca

Baltimore, USA


Ilona Obara

Newcastle, UK


Morten Hoegh

Aalborg, Denmark


Przemysław Bąbel

Kraków, Poland


Per Hansson

Stockholm, Sweden


Francesca Guida

Naples, Italy


Cyril Rivat

Montpellier, France


Ipek Yalcin

Strasbourg, France


Andreas Kopf

Berlin, Germany


Luis Villanueva

Paris, France


Luis Garcia-Larrea

Lyon, France


Kirsty Bannister

London UK


Niels Eijkelkamp

Utrecht, The Netherlands


Nadine Attal

Paris, France.


Didier Bouhassira

Boulogne Billancourt, France.


Eija Kalso

Helsinki, Finland

Join us at the 2024 Krakow EFIC Pain School

The application process has been completed


The school is organized by European Pain Federation, the Polish Association for the Study of Pain and the Maj Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences in  Krakow, held every two years and the first three took place in 2015, 2017 and 2019. This year, after a break caused by the pandemic, we are organizing the 4 th EFFIC Pain School in  Krakow, which will take place on June 26-30.

Translational Pain School is a course aimed at early-career European medical doctors and allied health professionals who are interested in further developing their knowledge and expertise in the field of pain management. The course runs for 4-5 days and include basic research on the mechanisms of pain processes and the assessment, diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment of patients with pain.

Speakers: scientists active in the basic and clinical pain research (see: lecturers)

Maximal number of participants: 30 (Limited number of participants)

Grant applications (by April 2): Please note, that the European Pain Federation EFIC offers 15 grants for participants. The selection and evaluation of those will be made by the Educational Committee and approval by the Executive Board of EFIC. Grant applications are possible for all members of the national chapters of EFIC. People can apply via website link: EFIC Pain School on Translational Pain Research – European Pain Federation.

Participation in the school is also possible after applying to the organizers, justifying the choice of this school – the registration fee is 900 Euro. This fee includes hotel accommodation, meals, and participation in activities included in the school’s program.

Exclusively and only for people living in Krakow registration is possible without accommodation costs. Those interested are asked to contact the organizers.

If you have any questions on Krakow Pain School just email Katarzyna Starowicz-Bubak or Barbara Przewlocka from organizing committee.

Organizing committee 2024

Barbara Przewłocka

Chair of the School  

Katarzyna Starowicz-Bubak

Chair of the Organizing Committee

Workshops for students:

Experimental pain models and pain assessment  in animals:
Katarzyna Starowicz-Bubak, Joanna Mika, Wioletta Makuch, Katarzyna Pawlik, Agata Ciechanowska, Katarzyna Ciapała, Aleksandra Bober, Katarzyna Popiołek-Barczyk, Magdalena Białoń, Joanna Starnowska-Sokół

Human experimental pain models and pain assessment:
Przemysław Bąbel, Helena Bieniek, Justyna Brączyk, Aleksandra Budzisz, Daryna Rubanets, Izabela Łaska, Joanna Kłosowska, Elżbieta A. Bajca

Event Sponsors / dont forget it

“The 4 th European Pain Federation Krakow Pain School on Translational Pain Research: From Lab to
Clinic, Kraków, Poland 26/06/2024 – 30/06/2024, has been accredited by the European Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 19.5 European CME credits (ECMEC®s).
Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the
educational activity.”


4th European Pain Federation Krakow Pain School on Translational Pain Research: From Lab to Clinic

Wednesday 26 June: Students’ arrivals day

17:30- 20:00 Student Presentations – getting to know each other. Moderators: Luis Villanueva, Luis Garcia-Larrea

after presentation a guided walk through the old Jewish district of Kazimierz

Thursday 27 June: Lecturers’ arrival day

Workshop Day for Students
8:45 For students: Bus transfer from the hotel to Maj Institute of Pharmacology Polish Academy of Sciences (IF PAS)

9:15-9:30 Welcome, Małgorzata Filip, director – Research topics at IF PAS
9:30-9:45 Grzegorz Kreiner – Presentation on the new Center for Development of New Pharmacotherapies of Central Nervous System Disorders (CEPHARES)
9:45-10:15 Ilona Obara – Revisiting histamine system for neuropathic pain relief: Targeting H3R.
10:15-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-11:00 Luis Villanueva – translational studies showing how dysfunctional mechanisms of central origins play a crucial role in different types of sustained or chronic pain states

11.00-13.30Workshop, Pain testing in preclinical studies

11:00-11:30 – Katarzyna Starowicz-Bubak, Joanna Mika – Introduction to Methods Used in Pain Testing,
11:30-13:30 Workshop (Animal house): Measuring pain in animals – 3-4 groups
11:30-12:10 K. Pawlik, W. Makuch, J. Mika – Measuring nerve injury-related pain behavior in rats (Group 1)
12:10-12:50 K. Ciapała, A. Ciechanowska, A. Bober – Measuring oxaliplatin- and streptozotocin-induced pain behavior in mice (Group 2)
12:50-13:30 K. Popiołek-Barczyk, M. Białoń, K. Starowicz-Bubak – Measuring osteoartritis-related pain behavior in rats (Group 3)
Group 1 – 3 will rotate between demonstration labs
13:30 – 14:15 Lunch

14:30 Bus transfer from IF PAN to Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University (IP UJ)

15:00 – 15:10 Przemysław Bąbel – Welcome

15:10-17:40 Workshop, Human pain models and pain assessment

15:10 – 15:40 H. Bieniek, J. Brączyk, A. Budzisz – Introductory lecture: Introduction to human experimental pain models and pain assessment
15:40-16:25 H. Bieniek, J. Brączyk, I. Łaska – Exploring human pain models in the lab (Group 1) / J. Kłosowska, E Bajcar, D. Rubantes -Applications of pain-related psychological scales and questionnaires (Group 2)

16:25-16:55 Coffee break

16:55-17:40 J. Kłosowska, E Bajcar, D. Rubantes Applications of pain-related psychological scales and questionnaires (Group 1) / H. Bieniek, J. Brączyk, I. Łaska Demonstration workshop (in the lab): Exploring human pain models in the lab (Group 2)

17:45 Bus transfer to the hotel

19:15-19:30 Official opening of the school
19:30- 20:00 Opening lecture, Luis Garcia-Larrea – Human-to-human translation: from disease-related to normal pain processing… and back
20:00-22:00 Get together

Friday 28 June: Lecture Day

9:30-10:15 Nadine Attal – The concept of nociplastic pain
10:15-11:00 Kirsty Bannister – Central modulation of pain mechanisms in animals and humans
11:00-11:55 Francesca Guida – The role of gut microbiota in pain regulation

11:45-12:15 coffee break

12:15-13:00 Cyril Rivat – The role of receptor tyrosine kinase FLT3 in peripheral neuropathic pain: towards the development of a drug candidate
13:00-13:45 Daniel Segelcke – Advances in pain-related behavioral assessment in rodents

13:45-14:45 lunch

14:45-15:30 Przemysław Bąbel – (Un)learning Pain: From Basic Experimental Studies to Clinical Applications
15:30-16:15 Luana Colloca – Pain Modulation: Determinants and predictors of placebo effects
16:15:17:00 Morten Hoegh – A critical view on the mechanism-based approach for chronic primary musculoskeletal pain
17:00-17:45 Andreas Kopf – opioid stewardship

19:30 Gala dinner in the restaurant

Saturday 29 June: Lecture Day

9:30-10:15 Eija Kalso – Sleep and pain
10:15-11:00 Niels Eijkelkamp – The immune system in control of pain. From mice to human
11:00-11:45 Ipek Yalcin – The comorbidity between chronic pain and mood disorders.

11:45-12:15 coffee break

12:15-13:00 Per Hansson – Lost in translation. The neuropathic pain perspective
13:00-13:45 Didier Bouhassira – Neuromodulation based analgesia: a true success story for translational pain research
13:45-14:30 Ilona Obara – Exploring Pain Management: Insights from Pre-Clinical Studies on Spinal Cord Stimulation

14:30-15:30 lunch

15:45 City Tour –  17 places for faculty + 8 for students (or free time)

Sunday 30 June: Conclusions and discussion

9:30-10:15 Short presentations (5 min.). Translational aspects of pain
Nadine Attal
Kirsty Bannister
Didier Bouhassira
Ipek Yalcin
Luis Villanueva
Eija Kalso
Luis Garcia-Larrea
Per Hanson

10.15-10.45 Coffee break

10:45-12:45 Panel discussion: Pain therapy and new perspectives emerging from basic research – “hope in translation”
Moderators: Eija Kalso / Luis Garcia-Larrea / Nadine Attal

12:45official end of the school

Event location

Hotel Galaxy

ul. Gęsia 22a
31-535 Kraków

T: +48 12 342 81 00

Hotel Galaxy is a unique hotel located in the centre of Kraków, in close vicinity of the Old Town, on the Vistula River. When you stay in our establishment, good things are bound to happen. We remain at your service throughout your stay and will be happy to facilitate your visit to the capital city of Małopolska in any way we can. Let’s meet!

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