Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Pain Society Inc.

“Making the Connection – Cortex, Culture and Community”

18th March 2020 – Pre-Conference Workshops

19th - 21st March 2020 NZPS Conference

Copthorne Hotel, Bay of Islands, New Zealand 

The New Zealand Pain Society is pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the NZPS 2020 Conference from 19 - 21 March 2020 at The Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands, Waitangi, New Zealand.

The theme of the meeting for 2020 is “Making the Connection : Cortex, Culture and Community.” All of us at some time in our lives will experience pain; for many of us that is a short lived experience and we move on but for around 20% or more of the population that pain continues and can become a disabling, distressing and disrupting experience and frequently a challenging issue for health providers working with people in this situation.

The meeting in Waitangi provides us with the opportunity to gather, discuss, learn, share knowledge, evidence, best practice and debate to assist with providing up to date approaches to this challenging area of health care. Part of the focus of “Making the Connection” will be looking at and sharing ways to deliver services to Tangata Whenua and also to people outside of main centres in areas where Specialists are not available and where access can be a challenge. International speakers will bring their expertise along with a wide range of New Zealand based clinicians and researchers.

We would like to warmly invite you to register for our 2020 meeting and we look forward to seeing you in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

View the Guidelines and Submit your Abstract

Dr Beth Darnall

Principal Investigator, Stanford PCORI Project on Opioid and Pain Reduction (the EMPOWER study); Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, California, USA 

Beth Darnall, PhD is Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine. She is affiliated faculty of the Stanford Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and is faculty (by courtesy) in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is Chief Science Officer at appliedVR.

Dr. Darnall is a pain scientist and principal investigator for NIH and PCORI-funded clinical trials that broadly investigate the benefit of behavioral medicine and self-management strategies to manage acute and chronic pain and reduce need for prescription opioids. 



Beth's doctoral degree is in clinical psychology. She develops and investigates behavioral medicine treatments for acute pain in the hospital and after surgery, and for chronic pain.

Her interest in improving access to pain care led her to develop and investigate treatments that are brief and low-cost, including portable, online, digital behavioral pain medicine. She leads national research on patient-centered opioid tapering, and has authored/co-authored 5 books for patients and clinicians on analgesic use and behavioral pain medicine.

In 2018 she briefed the U.S. Congress on the opioid and pain crises. Her work has been featured in Scientific American, the Washington Post, BBC Radio, JAMA Internal Medicine and Nature. She spoke at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on the psychology of pain relief.   

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