Successful Alleviate and CAPE Conference 2024


The inaugural Alleviate and CAPE Conference that brought together leading clinicians, researchers and those with lived experience of chronic pain has been hailed as an "exceptional success."

The first Alleviate Pain Data Hub conference in partnership with the Consortium Against Pain InEquality (CAPE) was held over two days in May at the V&A in Dundee.

The conference brought together some of the UK’s top pain clinicians and researchers as well as people with lived experience of chronic pain. The work and accomplishments of both projects to date were showcased and the delegates enjoyed a full programme of presentations, plenary and speaker sessions and interactive workshops covering current research, research techniques and public policy.

Below are just a few of the many highlights from the two day event:

We had a visit from STV to interview Professor Lesley Colvin and Dr Christian Cole about the importance of pain research. You can watch the full video here and read more about the event on University of Dundee’s website here.

Dr Chris Cole presented an initial set of results from our National Pain Survey 2023, in  in collaboration with Chronic Pain Australia and Pain UK. More on this to come so keep an eye on our website and X account for more details.

Dr Bhushan Thakkar and Janet Douglas delivered a fantastic patient demonstration on Quantitative Sensory Testing, (thank you to Gordon Milligan for allowing the use of his feet!) exploring the examination of nerve function and its applications. 

The project team would like to thank everyone who participated in this hugely successful event, including members of Alleviate’s Patient Advisory Group, who shared their thoughts on attending the conference, and the wider work being done in pain research. Check out all of our videos on our YouTube channel.

The Alleviate Pain Data Hub is a £2M collaborative project funded by a consortium of funders including Versus Arthritis and the UK Medical Research Council. The project is led by the University of Dundee and involves partners from across the UK. Alleviate is one of nine HDR UK Health Data Research Hubs.

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