‘No Pain, No Gain’ Workshop Series


Dr. Fiona Holmes, Research Fellow, School of Physiology and Pharmacology/ School of Clinical Sciences

This workshop series aims to provide a forum for early career scientists involved in pain-related research, to present and discuss their current and future work. Researchers with an interest in pain are invited, to provide intellectual and practical input from a range of perspectives. These meetings aim to be both brain-storming and trouble-shooting sessions that stimulate the exchange and generation of ideas, as well as solving problems.

There are several research groups within the University with a principal interest in pain. The combined work of these groups aims to understand the mechanisms involved in acute pain through to the processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of chronic pain states. The research interests of these groups range from peripheral sensory neurons through spinal cord processing of nociceptive inputs, to modulation of nociception in higher centres of the brain and the descending control of pain. The research activity extends from ‘bench-to-bedside’ with the clinical treatment of pain in both animals and humans also being investigated. The experimental approaches in use encompass molecular, cellular, anatomical, electrophysiological, genetic, behavioural, imaging and clinical studies – from single cells to humans.

Pain-related research within the University encompasses a broad range of specific interests as well as highly specialised techniques and expertise. The ‘No Pain, No Gain’ workshop series aims to encourage communication between researchers with a common interest in pain but with a variety of different experience, to allow a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas and solutions.

The following workshops have been scheduled:

Models of diabetic neuropathy: Richard Hulse & Fiona Holmes
15:30 - 16:30, Friday 6th January 2012, SOMS AIMS TUT 2A

Research Workshop 1: Dr. Lisa James
15:30 – 16:30, Friday 3rd February 2012, SOMS AIMS TUT 2A

Research Workshop 2
15:30 – 16:30, Friday 2nd March 2012, SOMS AIMS TUT 2A

Research Workshop 3
15:30 – 16:30, Friday 4th May 2012, SOMS AIMS TUT 2A

Research Workshop 4
15:30 – 16:30, Friday 1st June 2012, SOMS AIMS TUT 2A

Research Workshop 5
15:30 – 16:30, Friday 6th July 2012, SOMS AIMS TUT 2A

Research Workshop 6: Dr. Jo Murrell
15.30-16.30, Friday 7th December 2012, AIMS SR1

Research Workshop 7: Professor David Wynick
15.30-16.30, Friday 11th January 2013, AIMS SR1

Research Workshop 8: Maggie Mis
15.30-16.30, Friday 1st March, AIMS SR1

Research Workshop 9: Lee Harrison
15.30-16.30, Friday 5th April, AIMS SR1

Research Workshop 10: Meng Tzu Tsien
15.30-16.30, Friday 3rd May, AIMS SR1

Research Workshop 11: Nirosha Weerasinghe
15.30-16.30, Friday 7th June, AIMS SR1

Research Workshop 12: Joy MendesGomes
15.30-16.30, Friday 5th July, AIMS SR1

Research Workshop 13: Ray Perrings
15.00-16.00, Wednesday 2nd October, AIMS 2A

Research Workshop 14: Caroline Phelps
15.00-16.00, Friday 1st November, Venue TBC

Research Workshop 15:Stefan Hirschberg
15.00-16.00, Friday 6th December, Venue TBC

For more information, please contact Fiona Holmes (
f.e.holmes@bris.ac.uk Ext: 11420)