Congress Chair and Co-Chair

Dr. Chris Wells, UK  | Congress Chair

Dr Chris Wells is President of EFIC
, The European Pain Federation, the largest multi-disciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain science and medicine in the world. Established in 1993, it represent more than 20,000 healthcare professionals throughout Europe. In 2011 he was unanimously chosen as President-Elect and became President in 2014. He lectures throughout Europe and the rest of the world on pain and its management and is actively involved at these meetings to reshape the face of pain management through research, evidence based medicine, education and innovation. He has initiated a multidisciplinary core curriculum in Europe, leading to a Diploma in Pain Medicine for all medical doctors.

He graduated in 1970 from Liverpool University. He was the first doctor in the UK to specialise solely in pain medicine in 1982, and he took over as Director of the Walton Centre pain service from Dr Sam Lipton from 1983 to 1994. Throughout his time at the Pain Clinic he pioneered new techniques to relieve pain.   In 1983, he set up the first continuously-running Pain Management Programme in Europe at the Walton Centre, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.  His clinical interests include the assessment and management of back pain and neuropathic pain. Dr Wells left the Centre in 1994, but has continued to practice in the Liverpool area.

Dr Wells was a Council member of the British Pain Society from 1995 to 1999 and was Secretary from 2000 to 2002.  He gave the Annual British Pain Society Lecture in 2008 and was made an Honorary Member of the Society that year. He started an international group of over 1100 doctors interested in neuropathic pain, NeuPSIG, a Special Interest Group of IASP©.  He was made one of 3 Honorary Members of this group in 2010. He is also an Honourary Member of the Bulgarian, Ukrainian and Moldovan IASP Chapters.

He has been a Board member of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) and the World Society of Pain Clinicians (WSPC); he is one of 3 Founder Examiners for the WIP's Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice examination. He is a member of the current NICE Guideline Development Group on low back pain and sciatica. 

Prof. Ralf Baron, Germany  | Congress Co-Chair

 Professor and Head of the Division of Neurological
Pain Research and Therapy
Vice Chair, Department of Neurology
Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein – Campus Kiel
Kiel, Germany

Professor Dr med Ralf Baron is Head of the Division of Neurological Pain Research and Therapy at the Department of Neurology, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet Kiel, in Germany.  From 1999-2004, he served as General Secretary of the German Interdisciplinary Pain Society (DIVS), from 2005-2016 he served as a Management Committee Member of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG) of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and from 2008-2010 as a board member of the Deutsche Schmerzgesellschaft.  He has been a Councilor of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) from 2010-2016.

His main research interest is the pathophysiology and therapy of neuropathic pain states.  He has intensive scientific collaborations with several researchers worldwide, e.g., Professor HL Fields, San Francisco, USA, and Professor TS Jensen, Aarhus, Denmark.

Professor Baron is associate editor and reviewer for many scientific journals (Advisory Board Member for Nature Reviews Neurology 2005-present, Associate Editor for Pain 2003-present, and the European Journal of Pain 2006-2012).  He has been the recipient of the German Pain Award, the Heinrich-Pette-Award of the German Neurological Society and the Sertürner-Award.  In 1998 he was awarded a Feodor Lynen fellowship by the German Humboldt Foundation and was visiting professor at the Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco.

Professor Baron has authored more than 250 publications with his outstanding and motivated research team, and has lectured at numerous conferences and symposia worldwide.