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Lynn Walker, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
"How pain neuroscience informs the understanding and treatment of chronic pain"
The understanding and treatment of pain in Western culture tends to be grounded in Specificity Theory, a 17th century approach that is inadequate and even harmful in dealing with chronic pain. My presentation will draw on three decades of NIH-funded research as well as clinical practice with pediatric patients with chronic abdominal pain (CAP) in order to: (1) review advances in pain research and theory related to chronic pain as a disorder of the central nervous system; (2) present research from my lab on the identification of pain phenotypes that have potential implications for precision medicine in CAP treatment, and (3) discuss relevance of this work for clinical practice with a case presentation that illustrates individualized treatment of pediatric chronic abdominal pain.