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October 17-19 — Early Bird Rates until June 30th!

Evidence-based presentations to enhance your clinical practice.  Your participation during our event and always evolving dialogue continues to benefit clinical practices, supporters, and those who live with chronic pain in Alberta, and beyond. 

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    Calgary Airport to Banff Shuttle: 

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    Proceed through the reservation and type - PainSociety2024 - in the "Promo Code" section on the final payment page to receive the discount. 

    This special rate is valid for travel dates between October 14-23, 2024 if reservation is made at least 1 week prior to the event start.

  • Parking is nearby and can be purchased onsite at $20 per vehicle, per day for self park.

  • Enjoy the many amenities offered at the hotel.

    A fitness center

    Pool and spa area

    Pet-friendly rooms 

    Diverse dining options

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    Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the registration desk.  If you need additional accomodations, please let us know.

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1145h — Dr. Al-Noor Mawani

Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions for the Management of Chronic Pain

1145h — Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

ACT and Mindfulness

1250h — Take a break and nourish yourself! This is a great time to network with our exhibitors and other attendees.

Join us for a presentation by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Lunch

1400h — Dr. Ameya Bopardikar
British Columbia Room

Interventional Pain Management – Practical Applications and Decision Making for your patients.

1400h — Dr. Ivonne Hernandez
Alberta Room

Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

1400h — Jennifer King and Bree Rutten
Turner Valley Room

Chronic Pain and Intimacy

What's Happening Next?

October 17th | 1130h - 1520h

Interventional Diagnostic Workshop

October 17th | 1515h - 2025h

Headache and Migraine Workshop

* Registration is required. You must be registered for the conference to attend.

Pre-Conference Workshops

1830h — Cocktails
1900h — Gala Commences
1920h — Dinner
2130h — Dance


Celebrate new ideas, practices, and connections. Our formal, adults only event includes dinner, dancing, and prizes for our passport winners.

* Winners must be in attendance to win

* Cash bar available

The Presidents Gala

Our Exhibitor Passport

Explore our diverse exhibitor showcase, and have the chance to win prizes.

Our Networking PassportsExchange insights with experts and peers during our event and have the chance to win prizes.

*Winners announced at the Gala

Connect and Collect

Seize the chance to expand your professional network and exchange insights with experts and peers.

Registration

Main Ballroom, Second Floor

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. W. J. Becker

Nerve Blocks and Other Procedures in Migraine Management

Dr. Scott Jarvis

+ Identify ideal patients for pericranial nerve blocks and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks.
+ Formulate techniques to quickly landmark sites for pericranial nerve blocks.
+ Recognize multiple approaches for maximizing benefits and minimizing risks associated with pericranial nerve blocks.

Only the Needle Knows: Procedures for Diagnosing & Managing Headaches Related to Neck Problems

Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

+ Identify and select patients who may benefit from interventional management.
+ Explore techniques for interventional headache and neck pain management.
+ Utilize evidence-based practice, and guideline-based practice in accessing appropriate
interventions.

Moderated Question and Answer

Dr. Werner Becker, Dr. Scott Jarvis, Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

Dinner

North Foyer, Buffet.

Exhibitor Booths are open.

Acute Therapy of Migraine and Medication Overuse Headache in Adults: 2023

Dr. Farnaz Amoozegar

+ Gain an understanding of the variety of medications available for the acute treatment of migraine attacks, including older and newer therapies.
+ Optimize acute migraine therapy for an individual patient based on headache characteristics and other factors.
+ Recognize and manage medication overuse headache.

Acute Therapy of Migraine in Children and Adolescents: Old favourites and new options for the clinician.

Dr. Thilinie Rajapakse

+ Distinguish between pediatric and adult migraine and how knowledge of differences can facilitate prompt recognition and treatment of migraine in children.
+ List multiple acute therapies (of various drug classes) for pediatric migraine and understand how some combinations can create synergistic effects in treating migraine.
+ Create a safe and effective acute migraine rescue plan for a child/adolescent that is uniquely tailored to their needs.

Moderated Question and Answer

Dr. Werner Becker, Dr. Farnaz Amoozegar, Dr. Thilinie Rajapakse

Stretch Break

Get up and move!

Understanding Post-traumatic Headache

Dr. Chantel Debert

+ Define and recognize acute and chronic post-traumatic headaches.
+ Explain the different types of post-traumatic headaches.
+ Explain one or two treatment interventions for different classes of post-traumatic headaches.

Psychological Aspects of the Management of Post-traumatic Headache

Dr. Martin Mrazik

+ Gain a deeper understanding of the brain and behavioral aspects of post traumatic headaches.
+ Appreciate how various psychological conditions affect pain perception.
+ Recognize effective psychological approaches in the management of post traumatic headaches.

“My Brain Won’t Let Me Do That“

Codi Isaac

+ Define clinical headache tests used in physiotherapy.
+ Differentiate headaches for appropriate physiotherapy referral.
+ Recognize effective physiotherapy interventions for post-traumatic headaches.

Moderated Question and Answer

Dr. Werner Becker, Dr. Chantel Debert, Dr. Martin Mrazik, Codi Isaac

Closing Remarks

Conclusion of our preconference workshop.

*Registration is required. This workshop is designed to complement other headache-related sessions that occur later in the conference program.

Headache and Migraine Workshop

THURSDAY OCTOBER 12TH

  • Breakfast and Registration

    0730h

    Start your day off on the right foot.

    Foyer and Main Ballroom

    Opening Remarks

    0800h

    Dr. Kwadwo "Kwajo" Kyeremanteng (Joining Virtually)

    How We Innovate and Create Change: Lessons From Solving Healthcare

    0815h

    + Diversity as a Catalyst for Change:
    + Understand the pivotal role of diversity in driving innovation and change.
    + Recognize the benefits of varied perspectives in problem-solving.
    + Promoting Outside-the-Box and Integrative Thinking
    + Develop a holistic approach to challenges by integrating diverse ideas.
    + Learn techniques to think beyond traditional boundaries for creative solutions.
    + Embracing Failure as a Learning Opportunity
    + Appreciate the importance of mistakes in the innovation journey.
    + Acquire strategies to analyze and pivot from failures, fostering resilience

    Ryan Straschnitzki

    The Power of Mindset

    0915h

    In 2018, Ryan, a member of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, was involved in a tragic accident that changed his life forever and left him paralyzed from the chest down.

    During his presentation, Ryan will speak about his story of triumph over adversity and his courageous rehabilitation journey, including his management of acute and chronic pain. He will also share his experience about the day-to-day challenges he faces living with a disability and his motivation and strength to overcome them.

    Refreshment Break

    1015h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Join us for a Presentation by Grover Law: 'A Personal Injury Lawyer Living with Chronic Pain'

    Dr. Michael Knash

    Prophylactic Treatment of Migraine

    1100h

    + Update current understanding of migraine pathophysiology.
    + Discuss conventional migraine therapeutics.
    + Discuss novel migraine therapeutic options.

    Dr. Al-Noor Mawani

    Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions for the Management of Chronic Pain

    1145h

    + Identify key 5 aspects of mindfulness and acceptance-based practices that can be discussed with individuals experiencing chronic pain.
    + Describe 1 or more key practices that they can use with their patients to enable them to begin or continue their pai management journey.
    + Explain key principles of mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches as applied to the management of chronic pain.

    Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

    ACT and Mindfulness

    1145h

    + Exploring broader theoretical framework and offering suggestions clinicians can use in session to help move clients forward in a way where clients are becoming empowered and independent.
    + Recognize how to challenge clients who are struggling with engagement or follow through using purpose and meaning.
    + Encourage clinicians to be more mindful in their actions and approaches with clients, increasing a client's sense of control and confidence, which ultimately strengthens the relationship between clinician and client as well.

    Lunch

    1250h

    Take a break and nourish yourself! This is a great time to network with our exhibitors and other attendees.

    Join us for a presentation by Teva Canada

    Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

    Interventional Pain Management – Practical Applications and Decision Making for your patients.

    1400h

    + Develop an approach to clinically diagnosing chronic back pain.
    + Utilize appropriate guideline-based management to organize interventional pain procedures for patients.
    + Decipher and understand the interventional tools available to manage patients in the community.

    Breakout Session One: British Columbia Room

    Dr. Ivonne Hernandez

    Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

    1400h

    + Differentiate trigeminal neuropathy from trigeminal neuralgia.
    + Learn what pharmacology approaches may work best for these conditions.
    + Articulate why a multidisciplinary approach is advised in the management of these conditions.

    Breakout Session One: Alberta Room

    Jennifer King and Bree Rutten

    Chronic Pain and Intimacy

    1400h

    + Identify client concerns with sexual intimacy in medication, movement, and mind challenges.
    + Provide support to clients who require further education and assistance in sexual intimacy and
    chronic pain.
    + Explain the importance of addressing sexual intimacy and chronic pain with clients.

    Breakout Session One: Turner Valley Room

    Kathryn Jamieson-Lega

    Pacing for Chronic Pain Management - Trials and Tribulations of Clinical Application

    1400h

    + Understand the basic framework and process for applying pacing in the clinical context.
    + Identify individual barriers that can create challenges for effective application of pacing.
    + Explore solutions to overcome barriers.

    Breakout Session One: Yukon Room

    Refreshment Break

    1500h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Dr. Susan Tupper

    Practical Tips for Using the 4 P's of Pain Management

    1530h

    + Apply resources to engage people living with chronic pain in physical, psychological, and preventive approaches to pain management.
    + Review a patient worksheet to support pain self-management.
    + Discuss a pathway for chronic pain management in primary care settings.

    Breakout Session Two: British Columbia Room

    Dr. Janette Hurley

    Case presentation & clinical pearls: An integrative team-based approach to pain management in marginalized communities utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model

    1530h

    + Recognize and integrate the importance of individuals' cultural and ethnic stories in their healing journey.
    + Appreciate the value and importance of a collaborative team-based approach to chronic pain and increasing patient participation in their healing journey.

    Breakout Session Two: Alberta Room

    Dr. Serena Orr

    Migraine in Children and Adolescents: Developing an Evidence-based Treatment Plan

    1530h

    + Describe the epidemiology and burden of migraine disease among children and adolescents.
    + Formulate a treatment plan for treating attacks of migraine acutely in children and adolescents.
    + Develop a preventive treatment plan for children and adolescents with migraine.

    Breakout Session Two: Turner Valley Room

    Dr. Scott Jarvis

    Pericranial Nerve Blocks with Hands-on Instruction

    1530h

    + Identify the underlying anatomy of the pericranial nerves.
    + Formulate and refine injection techniques to minimize pain and bleeding.
    + Comprehend the rationale, and learn approaches, for combining nerve blocks and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks with Botox injections.

    Breakout Session Two: Yukon Room

    Conclusion of Conference

    1630h

    1830h — Cocktails
    1900h — Gala Commences
    1915h — Dinner
    2130h — Dance

    President’s Gala

    1830h

    Please join us at this formal celebratory event for adults only. A cash bar will be available.

    The winners of the conference passport will be announced. Winners must be in attendance.

    Breakfast and Registration

    0730h

    Start your day off on the right foot.

    All Friday Sessions and Breaks are held in the Foyer and Main Ballroom on the 2nd Floor.

    Welcome and Introductions

    0815h

    Underused, Overused and Misunderstood Chronic Pain Medications or Treatments

    Dr. Sam Parmiter, Eric Landry and Dr. Nathan Beahm

    0830h

    + Discuss drug therapy treatments for chronic pain that may not be used enough, used too much, or are perhaps not well understood using evidence and anecdote.
    + Identify practical considerations around the usage of select drug therapies used for chronic pain.
    + Defend your decision to use (or not use) drug therapies in the treatment of chronic pain using best available evidence and when evidence is lacking.

    Advances in the Assessment of Pain of the Older Adult Living with Dementia

    Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropolous (joining virtually)

    0945h

    + Familiarize participants with some of the latest advances in the pain assessment of the older adult living with dementia.
    + Formulate a practical approach to the pain assessment of the older adult with dementia.
    + Discuss future directions in the pain assessment of the older adult with dementia (including applications of computer vision technologies).

    Refreshment Break

    1045h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Join us for the AbbVie and Migraine Canada Video Presentation.

    New Pain Approaches

    Dr. John Pereira

    1115h

    + To compare and contrast approaches such as grief, acceptance, and palliation with
    biopsychosocial rehabilitation for chronic pain.
    + To reconsider the biopsychosocial model as not necessarily leading to a multidisciplinary
    approach.
    + To question whether treating patients one at a time makes sense given the prevalence of chronic pain and recent technological advances.

    Lunch

    1200h

    Take a break and nourish yourself! This is a great time to network with our exhibitors and other attendees.

    Grover Law, Sponsored Presentation.
    The Process of a Personal Injury Lawsuit: How the lawyer and medical practitioner can work together for the benefit of the client/patient.

    Steve Grover, Dr. Marc Klasa and Jim Powers

    Welcome Back

    1315h

    Disentangling Chronic Pelvic Pain

    Dr. Magali Robert (joining virtually)

    1315h

    + Understand that ALL chronic pain is intertwined with pelvic pain.
    + Untangle the complexity of pelvic pain.
    + Develop a simplified assessment to disentangle pelvic pain presentation.

    It's Such a Pain That I Can't Sleep

    Dr. Atul Khullar

    1400h

    + Recognize the interactions of pain and sleep are how they are inconsistent neurological states
    + Review effects of major pain medications on sleep and sleep disorders.
    + Gain an approach to optimizing sleep in patients with chronic pain with a view to not causing oversedation.
    + Integrate that optimal pain control is a foundation for improving sleep concerns in chronic pain patients.

    Refreshment Break

    1445h

    Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

    Join us for the Canada Diagnostic Centres Video Presentation.

    Welcome Back

    1515h

    The Intersection Between Addiction Medicine and Chronic Pain: An Approach to Managing Two Complex Co-Occurring Disorders

    Dr. S. Monty Ghosh

    1515h

    + Describe how to differentiate between chronic non-cancer pain concerns and opioid addiction.
    + Describe the need for a multidisciplinary approach to both OUD and chronic non-cancer pain.
    + Develop an appreciation for the value of healthy debate in practice.

    Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT) and Its Effectiveness for People Living with Chronic Low Back Pain

    Dr. Peter O’ Sullivan (joining virtually)

    1615h

    + Outline the key predictors for the development of chronic low back pain.
    + Identify the three elements of Cognitive Functional Therapy.
    + Recognize the latest evidence for the efficacy of Cognitive Functional Therapy for people with
    chronic low back pain.

    Conclusion of Day One

    1715h

    Welcome Reception

    1930 - 2130h

    In the Foyer, hors-d'oeuvres and cash bar available.

    OCTOBER 13TH - 14TH

Our Full Conference Agenda

A WEEKEND FULL OF PAIN EDUCATION

We are enthusiastic collaborators through and through, dedicated to building a vast network of support and resources.

This wouldn't be possible without our passionate exhibitors.

    • Access to all presentations throughout the conference.

    • All meals during conference hours.

    • President's Gala Dinner and Dance Saturday evening (adult only, formal event, cash bar is available). Guest tickets can be purchased through our registration portal.

  • Tickets must be purchased online and will not be available onsite.

  • We welcome all physicians, researchers and allied healthcare professionals to this event. Information related to the conference will be located on the Pain Society of Alberta website and will be updated on a regular basis. Please consider adding your name to our outgoing communications to remain informed. We keep emails to a minimum and you can unsubscribe at any time.

  • Please reserve your accommodation prior to September 17th to take advantage of our low rates conference rates exclusive of resort fee and tax. Rooms are available three days pre/post event based on availability. Parking is nearby and can be purchased onsite at $20 per vehicle, per day for self park.

  • You will be asked this question as part of the registration form and all responses will be relayed to the venue. Please identify yourself at the hotel to the venue staff as a second layer of communication.

  • This event will not be recorded and will be in-person event only. If this changes, updates will be circulated via email and posted on our website.

  • Certificates of attendance will be emailed to you within 10 business days after the event concludes.

  • Yes! Please email team@painab.ca if your plans have changed. The registration, minus the Eventbrite fee will be reimbursed up to 11:59pm MT on September 20, 2024. No refunds will be offered after this date. Please allow 7-10 business days to process refunds.

  • It is! Please email the Event Manager to coordinate and change the ticket information.

  • Although this will be a private event, we will be capturing photos. Please advise us at the registration desk if you do not wish to be in any of these.

  • During our event, we will have sponsored presentations/meals. If you choose not to partake, you may dine elsewhere at your own cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

OCTOBER 13TH - 14TH

Our Full Conference Agenda

Breakfast and Registration

0730h

Start your day off on the right foot.

Foyer and Main Ballroom

Opening Remarks

0800h

Dr. Kwadwo "Kwajo" Kyeremanteng (Joining Virtually)

How We Innovate and Create Change: Lessons From Solving Healthcare

0815h

+ Diversity as a Catalyst for Change:
+ Understand the pivotal role of diversity in driving innovation and change.
+ Recognize the benefits of varied perspectives in problem-solving.
+ Promoting Outside-the-Box and Integrative Thinking
+ Develop a holistic approach to challenges by integrating diverse ideas.
+ Learn techniques to think beyond traditional boundaries for creative solutions.
+ Embracing Failure as a Learning Opportunity
+ Appreciate the importance of mistakes in the innovation journey.
+ Acquire strategies to analyze and pivot from failures, fostering resilience

Ryan Straschnitzki

The Power of Mindset

0915h

In 2018, Ryan, a member of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, was involved in a tragic accident that changed his life forever and left him paralyzed from the chest down.

During his presentation, Ryan will speak about his story of triumph over adversity and his courageous rehabilitation journey, including his management of acute and chronic pain. He will also share his experience about the day-to-day challenges he faces living with a disability and his motivation and strength to overcome them.

Refreshment Break

1015h

Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

Join us for a Presentation by Grover Law: 'A Personal Injury Lawyer Living with Chronic Pain'

Dr. Michael Knash

Prophylactic Treatment of Migraine

1100h

+ Update current understanding of migraine pathophysiology.
+ Discuss conventional migraine therapeutics.
+ Discuss novel migraine therapeutic options.

Dr. Al-Noor Mawani

Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions for the Management of Chronic Pain

1145h

+ Identify key 5 aspects of mindfulness and acceptance-based practices that can be discussed with individuals experiencing chronic pain.
+ Describe 1 or more key practices that they can use with their patients to enable them to begin or continue their pai management journey.
+ Explain key principles of mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches as applied to the management of chronic pain.

Dr. Elisabeth Saxton

ACT and Mindfulness

1145h

+ Exploring broader theoretical framework and offering suggestions clinicians can use in session to help move clients forward in a way where clients are becoming empowered and independent.
+ Recognize how to challenge clients who are struggling with engagement or follow through using purpose and meaning.
+ Encourage clinicians to be more mindful in their actions and approaches with clients, increasing a client's sense of control and confidence, which ultimately strengthens the relationship between clinician and client as well.

Lunch

1250h

Take a break and nourish yourself! This is a great time to network with our exhibitors and other attendees.

Join us for a presentation by Teva Canada

Dr. Ameya Bopardikar

Interventional Pain Management – Practical Applications and Decision Making for your patients.

1400h

+ Develop an approach to clinically diagnosing chronic back pain.
+ Utilize appropriate guideline-based management to organize interventional pain procedures for patients.
+ Decipher and understand the interventional tools available to manage patients in the community.

Breakout Session One: British Columbia Room

Dr. Ivonne Hernandez

Trigeminal Neuropathic Pain

1400h

+ Differentiate trigeminal neuropathy from trigeminal neuralgia.
+ Learn what pharmacology approaches may work best for these conditions.
+ Articulate why a multidisciplinary approach is advised in the management of these conditions.

Breakout Session One: Alberta Room

Jennifer King and Bree Rutten

Chronic Pain and Intimacy

1400h

+ Identify client concerns with sexual intimacy in medication, movement, and mind challenges.
+ Provide support to clients who require further education and assistance in sexual intimacy and
chronic pain.
+ Explain the importance of addressing sexual intimacy and chronic pain with clients.

Breakout Session One: Turner Valley Room

Kathryn Jamieson-Lega

Pacing for Chronic Pain Management - Trials and Tribulations of Clinical Application

1400h

+ Understand the basic framework and process for applying pacing in the clinical context.
+ Identify individual barriers that can create challenges for effective application of pacing.
+ Explore solutions to overcome barriers.

Breakout Session One: Yukon Room

Refreshment Break

1500h

Network with our exhibitors and other attendees!

Dr. Susan Tupper

Practical Tips for Using the 4 P's of Pain Management

1530h

+ Apply resources to engage people living with chronic pain in physical, psychological, and preventive approaches to pain management.
+ Review a patient worksheet to support pain self-management.
+ Discuss a pathway for chronic pain management in primary care settings.

Breakout Session Two: British Columbia Room

Dr. Janette Hurley

Case presentation & clinical pearls: An integrative team-based approach to pain management in marginalized communities utilizing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model

1530h

+ Recognize and integrate the importance of individuals' cultural and ethnic stories in their healing journey.
+ Appreciate the value and importance of a collaborative team-based approach to chronic pain and increasing patient participation in their healing journey.

Breakout Session Two: Alberta Room

Dr. Serena Orr

Migraine in Children and Adolescents: Developing an Evidence-based Treatment Plan

1530h

+ Describe the epidemiology and burden of migraine disease among children and adolescents.
+ Formulate a treatment plan for treating attacks of migraine acutely in children and adolescents.
+ Develop a preventive treatment plan for children and adolescents with migraine.

Breakout Session Two: Turner Valley Room

Dr. Scott Jarvis

Pericranial Nerve Blocks with Hands-on Instruction

1530h

+ Identify the underlying anatomy of the pericranial nerves.
+ Formulate and refine injection techniques to minimize pain and bleeding.
+ Comprehend the rationale, and learn approaches, for combining nerve blocks and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks with Botox injections.

Breakout Session Two: Yukon Room

Conclusion of Conference

1630h

1830h — Cocktails
1900h — Gala Commences
1915h — Dinner
2130h — Dance

President’s Gala

1830h

Please join us at this formal celebratory event for adults only. A cash bar will be available.

The winners of the conference passport will be announced. Winners must be in attendance.