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Pain affects all of us some of the time, and many of us all the time. Yet, the pharmacologic treatments available to alleviate pain have changed little in the last 50 years. Those who suffer from acute pain originating in the peripheral nervous system have the best chances of finding relief, while others suffering chronic neuropathic pain must often settle for partial or even minimal relief.

 

Objectives

This workshop will start with an overview of the aetiology of pain. Human and animal models will also be considered with emphasis on the use of translational development, and meeting the challenge of taking preclinical data from the lab to clinical trials. Followed on by late stage bridging studies to improve the relevance of phase 3 data to the clinic.

The session’s aim is to facilitate the integration of each phase of drug development into the broader context of use in the clinic and what maximizes our learning along the way of development.

The workshop will address the gap between discovery and clinical development and the translational tools used to bridge that gap.

 

Who should attend?

This Briefing will be of interest to those involved in pain R&D, Clinical Trials, and product development. 

 

Benefits of attending

This Briefing will enable you to:

  • Gain insight into the current landscape for pain drug in development
  • Understand why the theory does not always match up to reality
  • Develop strategies for circumventing potential obstacles and challenges
  • Discuss and exchange experiences with fellow professionals

 

About the Workshop Leader

Paul Peloso is Director of Clinical Research at Merck & Co., New Jersey. His work in pain research includes investigations and publications in osteoarthritis, chronic widespread pain, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and lower back pain where he has evaluated both medicinal and non-medicinal therapies.

Workshop programme

12:30 Registration & Coffee

12:50 Welcome and introductions

13:00 Discussion on the aetiology of pain

13:30 The level of success using Animal and Human models

14:00 Taking pain therapeutics from bench to bedside

14:30 Morning Coffee

15:00 Clinical trial design and considerations

15:30 Translating clinical trials results into the clinical practice space

16:30 Wrap up with summary and questions

17:00 Close of workshop

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