Pain Collaborative Network Conference 2021

On 26 November 2021, Crohn’s & Colitis UK will be hosting its second Pain Collaborative Network event. We plan to run three workshops on visceral pain – pain in or around internal organs with themes including: mechanisms of visceral pain and novel targets for treatment; clinical assessment of pain; and psychological treatments for pain. This year our event will be run virtually on Zoom.  

Management of chronic or recurrent pain is one of the most challenging issues encountered by clinicians in the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), with approximately 70% of patients experiencing this debilitating symptom.

Crohn's & Colitis UK set up the Pain Collaborative Network in 2019 to increase our understanding about why people with Crohn’s and Colitis experience pain and what can be done to alleviate their pain. 

Since the pain collaborative network was formed we have achieved a great deal. This has included funding four research studies into chronic pain in IBD; hosting a conference with leading experts in chronic pain from around the world; publishing research highlighting the current challenges in treating pain in IBD and helping leverage funding into chronic visceral pain. We hope to build on this fantastic work for the rest of the year and into 2022. 

Sarah Sleet
Crohn's & Colitis UK

This year our conference aims to:

• Identify critical gaps in knowledge within the field of IBD pain and overlapping gaps in other diseases that cause chronic visceral pain.
• Bring together chronic pain researchers, healthcare professionals and people living with chronic pain to share learning and establish new research partnerships to answer key questions in the field.
• Enable a top ten list of priority research questions in chronic visceral pain to be compiled after the event by the Pain Collaborative Network Steering Group based upon discussions from the workshops. This list will be subsequently written up as a report.

To apply to attend this event, please see the link below:

Researcher signup

A programme for the event can be found below.