Speakers

James Fricton

James Fricton


James is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry with appointments in the School of Public Health and School of Medicine. He is also a Senior Investigator at HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research conducting research on chronic pain. He maintains an active clinical practice as a pain specialist and has over thirty-five years of experience in patient care, research, and teaching in chronic pain and the evaluation and management of complex orofacial pain patients.

Steven Scrivani

Steven Scrivani


Steven is the Chief of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pain and Director of the Orofacial Pain Residency Program in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Research Associate at the Pain and Analgesia Imaging and Neuroscience (P.A.I.N.) Group at McLean Hospital and the Center for Pain and the Brain at Children's Hospital, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral Medicine and Craniofacial Pain at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine

Andrew Whyte

Andrew Whyte


Andy practices as a radiologist, and completed his Bachelor in Dental Surgery (Hons) at the University of Birmingham in 1975, and his Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Wales in 1982, winning the gold medal at each institution. He completed his Fellowship in Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 1983, his Diploma in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology at the Royal College of Radiologists in 1985, his Fellowship in Radiology at the Royal College of Radiologists in 1987, and his Fellowship in Radiology Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists 1991.

Ian Rosenberg

Ian Rosenberg


Ian graduated from the University of Witwatersrand and worked in private practice in London and South Africa, where he undertook a Masters in Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery. He was Senior Lecturer at the School of Dentistry, University of Witwatersrand and Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Johannesburg Complex of Hospitals before moving to Perth in 1980. Ian was a Consultant in the Department of Oral Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Western Australia, 1981 to 2006 and Consultant Oral and Maxilla-Facial Surgeon, Princess Margaret Hospital, 1983 to 2012 and maintained a private practice.

Gary Heir

Gary Heir


Gary is the Clinical Director of the Center for Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial pain, Department of Diagnostic Services at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine, Newark, New Jersey, Clinical Professor and the Program Director of the Orofacial Pain Advanced Educations (Fellowship) and Masters in Dental Science/ Orofacial Pain Graduate Program of the Center at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. Gary is Past President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, Past President of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and currently serves as the Chair of the Written Examination Council for the ABOP National Pain Boards. In addition to serving as a Clinical Professor at Rutgers University, Gary is also a Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Orofacial Pain Team of the Clinical Hospital, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Gary has authored numerous publications and text book chapters and has served as the Vice Chair of the NJ Governor's Lyme Disease Advisory Council.

Lorimer Moseley

Lorimer Moseley


Lorimer is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of South Australia, Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, and Chair of the PainAdelaide Stakeholders' Consortium. He has written over 200 research articles and several books, and was the inaugural winner of the IASP's most prestigious award for Clinical Science, won Australia's highest award for Innovation and Potential Transformation in a medical or health-related project, and was runnerup in the Australian Government's Prize for Life Sciences research. He leads an interdisciplinary research group studying the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain.

Rafael Benoliel

Rafael Benoliel


Rafael undertook 2 years of training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of London before moving to the Dental Faculty at Hadassah- the Hebrew University, Israel. He completed formal, state recognized, Oral Medicine training and subsequently concentrated on orofacial pain. In 1997- 1998 he served as Research Associate at the Unit of Neuronal Gene Expression at the NIDCR, NIH, Bethesda. In 2003 Dr. Benoliel was appointed Chair of the Department of Oral Medicine, in the Dental Faculty at Hadassah-Hebrew University. He joined the Dental School at Rutgers in June 2013 as the Associate Dean for Research and is also the Director of the Center for Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders.

Mark Dexter

Mark Dexter


Mark is currently the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Westmead adult hospitals and current President of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. His initial neurosurgical training was in Sydney followed by a fellowship in cerebrovascular and complex intracranial microsurgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, generating a lifelong interest in Microvascular Decompression (MVD) for trigeminal neuralgia. Mark returned to Westmead in 1999 and practices at all three hospitals on the campus. He became Chairman of the Department in 2007. He has performed over 300 microvascular decompressions for trigeminal neuralgia and manages patients with complex facial pain referred from all states in Australia and overseas.

Robert Delcahno

Robert Delcahno


Rob is currently in private practice restricted to Orofacial Pain, Temporomandibular Disorders and Dental Sleep Medicine, and also Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Dentistry, University of Western Australia. Rob originally graduated BDSc 1978, and following 13 years general practice in 1993 completed the 2 year Post Doctoral Certificate Program in Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction at the UCLA Dental School, California. He simultaneously completed an MSc in Oral Biology, studying haemodynamics in chronically painful jaw muscles. Rob is past President of the ANZ Academy of Orofacial Pain, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZ College of Anaesthetists. Rob has a number of peer reviewed publications, written textbook chapters and acts as reviewer for a number of scientific journals.

Daniel Clauw

Daniel Clauw


Treating chronic pain based on mechanisms rather than disease and Non-pharmacological approaches for Chronic Pain – Problems and Opportunities.

Daniel is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Psychiatry. His internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowships were at Georgetown University, where he eventually held roles including Chief of Rheumatology and Vice Chair of Medicine. He moved to Michigan in 2002, bringing with him one of the leading pain research groups. This group has helped identify the prominent central nervous system contributions to a number of chronic pain disorders, as well as the most effective pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for chronic pain.
Daniel's presentations are: Treating chronic pain based on mechanisms rather than disease and Non-pharmacological approaches for Chronic Pain – Problems and Opportunities. Daniel is one of the worlds leading authorities on "fibromyalgia", and has been involved in the recent American Rheumatology College classification of fibromyalgia.

downloadDownload - The Role of the CNS in the generation of chronic pain by Daniel Clauw

Pete Smith

Pete Smith


Pete is an allergist and immunologist based in Southport. He is director of the primary care allergy service Allergy Medical in Brisbane and Sydney (opening July 2015). His research interests are in hypersensitvities and molecular aspects of pain/itch.


Ramesh Balasubramaniam

Ramesh Balasubramaniam


Ramesh graduated with a BDSc from the University of Western Australia in 2000 and completed a certificate and Master of Science degree in Orofacial Pain and training in sleep medicine at the University of Kentucky. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and completed training in Oral Medicine and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He has numerous peer reviewed publications, and serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals. Ramesh is a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Dentistry of the University of Western Australia

Tara Renton

Tara Renton


Prevention of post traumatic neuropathy in relation to LA, implants, endodontics and mandibular third molar surgery and Post traumatic trigeminal neuropathy presentation and management.

Tara Renton completed her Oral and Maxillofacial surgical training in Melbourne in 1991. Tara undertook a PhD in Trigeminal Nerve injury at Kings College London from 1999-2003. Later appointed Senior Lecturer at QMUL she was then awarded the chair of Oral Surgery in 2006 at Kings College London. Over the past 7 years Tara has modernised Oral Surgical teaching of minimal access approach and LA techniques. In collaboration with IOP KCL and Imperial College Tara has established an international leading program of trigeminal nerve injury and orofacial pain research.
Tara's presentation topics are: Prevention of post traumatic neuropathy in relation to LA, implants, endodontics and mandibular third molar surgery and Post traumatic trigeminal neuropathy presentation and management. These are subjects that are dear to the heart, and crucial to untroubled sleep for any of us who place implants, give local anesthetic injections, and do endodontics (and that should cover just about everyone in the profession). The information in these presentations is crucial to protect ourselves, and our patients, from the destructive sequelae of unintentional nerve damage.

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Manuel Graeber

Manuel Graeber


Manuel is a neuropathologist and the Professor, Barnet-Cropper Chair of Brain Tumour Research, Director of Brain Tumour Research, at the University of Sydney. He completed his MD at the Technical University of Munich 1987, a Dr Med at the Max Planck Institute in 1988, his PhD (Habilitation) in neuropathology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich in 1995. He has had research fellowships at Harvard's Brigham and Womens and Childrens Hospitals Boston in Neurology and Genetics, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists London.