Speakers

Lene Baad-HansenLene Baad-Hansen, Ass. professor, Ph.D
Lene Baad-Hansen is associate professor at Section of Clinical Oral Physiology, Department of Dentistry, Aarhus University. She earned her PhD in Odontology at Aarhus University in 2006. Her main research interests are related to chronic orofacial pain and jaw motor function. Lene Baad-
Hansen is president of the Danish Society for Clinical Oral Physiology and she has served as officer in the Neuroscience group under the International Association for Dental Research since 2009.

The lecture will cover clinically important aspects of pain physiology with particular focus on different pain mechanisms. Furthermore, knowledge on how to systematically evaluate different characteristics of pain in the diagnostic process will be presented because arriving at the right diagnosis is essential for good pain management.

Morten HøghMorten Høgh, Physiotherapist, MSc
Morten Høgh graduated from King's College London (MSc Pain: Science & Society) in 2012 after having spent more than a decade as clinician, teacher and business developer. On a professional level Morten is dedicated to understanding pain - from a phenomenological as well as from a neuro-scientific perspective. This includes working as a clinician from his base in Aarhus (DK), writing a blog (www.videnomsmerter.dkwww.videnomsmerter.dk), participating in conferences, charring the Danish Society for Pain & Physical Therapy as well as finding time to educate health care professionals in accordance with the IASP professional curricula.

Pain is an unpleasant experience - not a symptom of tissue damage. For some people, however, pain cannot be freely expressed (verbally) but is expressed with relevant body language. From an observer perspective - e.g. a dentist - understanding when a verbally disabled patient feels pain relies on our knowledge of nociception, our ability to 'read' and interpret the non-verbal language of our patients and our own experience. So far science has not been able to provide observers with reliable biomarkers or signs of 'pain' in our patients (and some doubt there will ever be any). But in our day-to-day practice we must handle this dilemma with professionalism in regards to ethics, science and communicative skills. The presentation will try to embrace these clinical dilemmas on the basis of our current understanding of the topic.

Bobby ZRobert (Bobby) Zachariae, Professor, DMSci
The biopsychosocial model is now widely accepted as the most valid approach to understand the complexities of pain. This model will be used to describe how neurophysiological, psychological, and social factors can interact to influence pain and pain behaviors, and how these factors can be integrated in clinical approaches to pain management.

Unit for Psychooncology and Health Psychology
Aarhus University Hospital

Jan TagesenJan Tagesen
Jan Tagesen is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and is in charge of the pre-graduate education of oral surgery at the dental school in Aarhus, Denmark. Furthermore he is a very experienced and desired speaker/educator in first aid courses and pharmacological treatment of medical compromised patients.

His lecture will go through the pharmacological treatment of patients in pain, both acute and chronic pain. But, what do we do, when our patients have acute toothache and in advance are provided with an extensive medical list including painkillers, and what about the risk of medical interactions? Furthermore, many of our patients are not able to go through a normal medical examination and may therefore have somatic undiscovered conditions. Are there any conditions that can hamper the safety of prescribing systemic analgesics?

Else-Marie Elmholdt JegindøElse-Marie Elmholdt Jegindø, consultant, PhD
Else-Marie has a background in cognitive neuroscience. In her research, she has explored how beliefs modulate the experience of pain through interdisciplinary research methods, including neuroimaging, neuropharmacology, psychophysiology, psychophysics, and qualitative measures. Else-Marie is currently responsible for developing strategic initiatives in the context mindfulness education, research, and treatment at Danish Center for Mindfulness at Aarhus University.

The lecture will present background knowledge of the evidence-based program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and its application in pain management. Furthermore, current research on mindfulness and pain will be presented and discussed as we consider how mindfulness practice may help patients to modulate both perceptual and affective dimensions of the pain experience. Finally, the lecture will open the debate of how mindfulness can be implemented in clinical contexts.

Caroline AdolphsenCaroline Adolphsen, Cand.jur., ph.d., post.doc
”What does the law say about dental treatment on patients with disabilities? Which considerations should be taken into account and when can treatment be carried out against the patient’s will?”
When dealing with mentally impaired patients the medical professional is faced with a number of challenges that are not to be found when treating capable adults. If the patient for some reason rejects the treatment the medical professional must make a choice between forcing the patient to undergo the treatment or to refrain from carrying out the procedure even though the treatment is necessary from a medical standpoint. Both the national and international rules on this matter offer very little support for the medical professional to make the right decision and it is this grey area that we will be exploring during the presentation.