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This workshop aims to provide practical insight into studies of in vitro models of chronic pain, using human DRG neurons and novel techniques. Scanning Ion Conductance Microscopy combines nanoscale imaging with functional studies, enabling nanoscale localised stimulation and drug delivery e.g. at neurites vs. soma. The clinical correlates of in vitro models will be discussed, and their use for improving translational efficacy illustrated.

The workshop will describe clinically relevant in vitro models for novel pain drug development – “clinical in a dish” – which are needed to reduce the current attrition in Phase II clinical trials. It will provide an opportunity to interact with an experienced translational pain medicine group, in the steps from bench to bedside. Nanotechnology methods will be detailed for localised and selective chemical, thermal and mechanical stimulation, to help drug development for allodynia.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 Session 1: In vitro rat and human DRG neuron models of pain and aberrant regeneration.

Uma Anand

Uma Anand, Research Fellow, Imperial College London

9:50 Session 2: Localized drug delivery and non-contact mechanical stimulation of sensory neurons using scanning ion conductance microscopy. Professor Yuri Korchev

Yuri  Korchev

Yuri Korchev, Professor of Biophysiology, Imperial College

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Session 3: Nanoscale-targeted patch-clamp recordings of functional presynaptic ion channels

Andrew  Shevchuk

Andrew Shevchuk, Non clinical lecturer in nano-medicine, Imperial College

11:40 Session 4: Clinical correlates of in vitro pain models

Praveen Anand

Praveen Anand, Professor, Clinical Neurology, Imperial College London

12:20 Closing remarks

12:30 End of workshop

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