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Thursday 5th May 2016, 9.00-5.00pm

Inox Conference Centre, University of Sheffield


An exciting one-day meeting and networking event welcoming academics, clinicians and industry, join us to find out what is happening in the field of pain research, treatment and management in and around Sheffield.

Presentations and Networking Opportunities

One of the main aims of the meeting is to get members of the network talking and forming some collaborative ideas for future projects. One of the ways to share your research interests, expertise, ideas and available models/tissues/patient groups is to present a 3 minute elevator pitch, which can also be accompanied by a poster to stimulate further discussions in the dedicated poster session.

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Alternatively, you can present a stand alone poster. Again the emphasis of the poster is to highlight the aspects of pain you are interested in, together with your expertise and skills, and available resources such as clinical models and patient cohorts.

Finally at the end of the meeting we will be holding a one hour networking session for people to form groups and discuss potential ideas for future projects. Please indicate on the registration page your pain interests.

We look forward to welcoming you to the meeting.

Topics include:image three medium

  • Pain from bladder and bowel
  • Community support for chronic pain
  • Human tissues as translational tools
  • MR neuroimaging in diabetic neuropathy
  • Sodium channel trafficking in pain
  • Botulinum proteins for pain alleviation
  • Cancer-induced bone pain
  • Orofacial pain
  • Pain management in Emergency Departments


Registration with coffee


Welcome and update on SPN Fiona Boissonade, Lead Sheffield Pain Network


“The future of novel pain therapeutics – the Lilly perspective’ Emanuele Sher and Lisa Broad, Eli Lilly


Elevator pitches -­‐ research interests, expertise and ideas in 3 minutes


Poster session and coffee


The Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre: integration of preclinical and clinical studies to maximise mechanistic understanding of OA pain

Victoria Chapman, Deputy Director, Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre, University of Nottingham


Lunch and networking


‘The Crick Centre and the Politics of Pain’

Matthew Flinders, Founding Director, The Crick Centre, University of Sheffield


Elevator pitches -­‐ research interests, expertise and ideas in 3 minutes


Poster session and coffee


Themed networking sessions


Round up and invited discussion from audience


Close of meeting

Invited Speakers

Professor Victoria Chapman

Deputy Director, Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre, University of Nottingham

Professor Chapman is the Deputy Director of the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence in Arthritis Pain (established in 2010), with responsibility for the preclinical studies and their alignment to major clinical questions within the field. She has published over 90 original articles (h-index 36), successfully supervised over 25 PhD students and held grants from the MRC, industry and Wellcome Trust. Current research is focused on the peripheral and central mechanisms of osteoarthritis pain, using established pre-clinical models. Experimental approaches include pain behaviour, electrophysiology and ex vivo analysis of tissues. Professor Chapman's research group has benefited from the strong collaborative nature of researchers at the University of Nottingham, which enabled her to apply fMRI methodology and the development and application of lipidomic mass spectrometry methods to the study of pain mechanisms in a broad range of clinically relevant models.

Professor Chapman is an active member of the School of Life Sciences, and a member of the School Executive Committee. In these roles she contributes to promotions review panels, and fellowship and new appointment panels. She was very proud to be a member of the School team that successfully bid for an Athena SWAN Silver award.

Recently appointed as the Global Research Theme Leader for Health and Wellbeing at University of Nottingham, Professor Chapman, alongside the PVC for Research and the University Research Support team, contributes to the development of the University research strategy, liaise and meets with Funders and contributes to the development of University led bids for funding specific to the Health and Wellbeing agenda.

Professor Matthew Flinders

Founding Director, The Crick Centre, University of Sheffield

Professor Flinders studied Modern European Studies at Loughborough University before moving to the University of Sheffield to complete his doctorate in public policy and governance. He was appointed to a permanent Lectureship in 2000 (Senior Lecturer 2003, Reader 2005, Professor 2009). He was Sub-Dean for Graduate Affairs during 2004-2005 and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences 2005-2006. He was a Governor on the Board of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust between 2008-2011 and Deputy Head of the Department of Politics between 2008-2012.

Professor Flinders is also on the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association. In addition to his academic work Professor Flinders is a writer and broadcaster and has made numerous contributions to national newspapers, including The Times and The Guardian, and in 2011 he wrote and presented a three-part series for BBC Radio 4 entitled ‘In Defence of Politics’. Professor Flinders is founding director of The Crick Centre, based in the University of Sheffield’s Department of Politics, the top-rated department in the UK for researching Politics. The aim of the Crick Centre is to study and promote the public understanding of politics (broadly defined) in a manner that cultivates debate and encourages engaged citizenship around the world. - See more at

Emanuele Sher, M.D. PhD, Senior Research Advisor, Neuroscience Discovery, Lilly Research Centre.

Dr. Sher received his MD degree from the University of Milan, his PhD in Neuroscience from Oxford Brookes University and post-doctoral training in Germany and the USA. As a Researcher of the Italian National Research Council, he set up a laboratory highly recognised in the field of calcium channels physio-pathology. He then became contract Professor of Physiology at the University of Turin.

Dr. Sher joined Eli Lilly in 1997 as Team Leader of the electrophysiology group. The group enabled various techniques (patch-clamp, Ca2+ imaging, FLIPR, oocyte expression, brain slices) and supported over the years various neuroscience drug discovery efforts. This has been achieved by combining internal drug discovery efforts with several UK and international collaborations, with both industry and academia. Dr. Sher is presently leading the internal Ion Channel discovery platform, and is a member of the leadership group for Pain Research.

Lisa Broad, PhD, Research Advisor, Neuroscience Discovery, Lilly Research Centre.

Dr Broad is a physiologist/pharmacologist with more than 3 years post-doctoral experience in UK and US laboratories and 15 years industrial experience. Her training is in the area of signal transduction, with particular expertise in the areas of calcium signaling and ion channel physiology.

Since joining Lilly, Dr Broad has led a number of ion channel and GPCR projects, and developed novel cellular assays for screening ion channel and GPCR ligands for the Neuroscience therapeutic area. She is currently group leader for the UK based Neurophsyiology team and is a member of the leadership group for Pain Research.

Meeting Aims

The aim of the meeting is to:

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  • Learn about what is happening in the field of pain research, treatment and management in and around Sheffield.

  • Meet and hear from research partners from other research institutes, NHS trusts and industry.

  • Network with colleagues from academia, NHS trusts and industry.

  • Find about future plans for the Sheffield Pain Network.

About Us

Pain is a complex multidimensional experience, affecting patients across all clinical disciplines; however, the pathogenesis of pain is still poorly understood and this limits treatment options.

“Bringing together basic scientists, clinicians, patients and industrial partners to improve the understanding and treatment of chronic pain.”

Mission statement

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To improve the understanding and treatment of pain, an extensive multidisciplinary approach involving all stakeholders is required; including basic scientists, clinicians, patients and industrial partners with wide-ranging fields of expertise.

The Sheffield Pain Network is a multidisciplinary research community of individuals and groups who have established international reputations in pain research. Our members consist of Sheffield based researchers spanning a very broad range of disciplines from basic through to clinical research, as well as members from various patient and carer support groups. The main cohort of our members are from The University of Sheffield with additional members from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, medical practices and local charities.

The aim of the Sheffield Pain Network is to build on our existing strengths in the field of pain to develop an internationally excellent, multidisciplinary research centre in Sheffield that will enhance the understanding of chronic pain and improve its treatment.

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