Irish Pain Society Launches Network to Facilitate Collaboration in Pain Research

Oct 7, 2015

At the 15th Annual Scientific Meeting in Dublin, the Irish Pain Society (IPS) launched the Irish Pain Research Network (IPRN) an exciting national initiative that aims to bring together all active pain researchers in Ireland to share research results and ideas and facilitate cross-institutional collaboration in pain research.

IPRN, a Special Interest Group of the IPS, hopes to attract strong representation from every major pain research grouping across Ireland. The IPRN launch took the form of an inaugural research symposium, with pain researchers from eight Irish higher education and medical institutions presenting their current research projects and skillsets, followed by a roundtable discussion on the future of IPRN.

In addition to the IPRN launch, participants heard Dr. Shelagh Wright discuss her new book, Pain Management in Nursing Practice, a joint publication ofSAGE and IASP Press.

Prof. David Finn, president of the IPS and a founding member of IPRN, said: “Given the increasing requirement for institutions to work together and to share resources to do the best possible research, the establishment of IPRN will facilitate closer dialogue and collaboration between all active pain researchers based in academic institutions, hospitals, other health-care practices, and industry.” 

Finn and Dr. Brian McGuire, co-directors of the Centre for Pain Research at the National University of Ireland Galway, elaborated on the five current pain research clusters within their facility, from basic preclinical neuroscience to population health aspects of pain. 

Several other prominent pain researchers and specialists appeared on the program. Dr. Brona Fullen and Dr. Catherine Blake, co-directors of a new Translational Pain Research Centre at University College Dublin, outlined their key research themes and skillsets. 

Dr. Siobhan O’Mahony presented her research interests and those of her colleagues, Prof. John Cryan and Prof. George Shorten in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork. The work of Prof. Oliver Dolly in Dublin City University on next-generation bio-therapeutics engineered to ameliorate neuropathic pain was outlined by PhD student John Nealon.

Eva Barrett, a physiotherapist in the Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick, outlined her research investigating the impact of an individualized biopsychosocial intervention for low back pain. Joanne O’Brien, a pain nurse and president-elect of the IPS, described positive findings of a current project to examine patient pain scores and quality-of-life outcomes following the treatment of neuropathic pain with the Capsaicin 8% patch.   

Dr. Deirdre Desmond, a psychologist at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, summarized a study supporting work participation through early interventions in patients with regional musculoskeletal pain, and Dr. Joseph McVeigh, a physiotherapist in the Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies, University of Ulster, outlined studies regarding the role of exercise for patients with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Pain researchers at any level of seniority are welcome to join the IPRN, and students and early career researchers are particularly welcome. Membership is open to all IPS members, who may contact Orla Doran to request an application form, putting “IPRN” in the e-mail subject field.

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At the Irish Pain Society's 15th Annual Scientific Meeting in Dublin, IASP President Rolf-Detlef Treede introduced Shelagh Wright (left), author of Pain Management in Nursing Practice (SAGE-IASP Press) and outgoing IPS President Laserina O’Connor (right). Photo: Tommy Walsh, Senior Medical Photographer, AMNCH, Dublin.