Scientific Workshop 3 Pharmacokinetics and multi-cytokine quantification took place virtually on September 25th 2020 organized by Camilla Svensson. The focus was on different scientific areas from pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics to cytokine quantification presented by experts in the field – Niclas Brynne CDO at Kancera and Charles Xiyun Chai from Eli Lilly

Review by Rita Silva ESR12

The workshop was followed by a virtual ESR social!


The fourth Transferable Skills Training took place on Tuesday 1st December 2020 organised by Camilla Svensson.  The ESRs attended ‘virtually’ and heard Simon Curtis from Potter Clarkson presenting ‘Knowledge exploitation: Social Innovation, patenting, creation of spin-offs’

Review by Anutosh Roy ESR7

“The first TOBeATPAIN e-Seminar took place on Tuesday 18th February in the Project office at King’s College London.

The Journal Club was presented by George Sideris-Lampretsas ESR1.

The 50 minute presentation can be heard online now – click here

Joana Lama ESR2 presented the scientific paper of Yun et al published in Nature Medicine(2019) and entitled ‘Block of A1 astrocyte conversion by microglia is neuroprotective in models of Parkinson’s disease’ on Tuesday 24th March 2020.

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Review by Cristiana Dumbraveanu

TOBeATPAIN Early Stage Researcher 10

‘From static to temporal network theory: Applications to functional brain connectivity’ by Thompson et al., 2017.  Silvia Fanton ESR3 chose this article for discussion as she will be applying temporal network theory to fMRI data in her investigation of pain processing in rheumatoid arthritis.  This was one of the 2020 sessions of a Virtual Journal Club on Statistics and Neuroimaging Techniques she is one of the organisers of – to know more about the initiative, visit our Research Blog page.

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TOBeATPAIN Scientific Workshop ‘Mass Spectrometry Analysis‘ and Transferable Skills ‘Knowledge creation: Leadership and Research Governance’  Innsbruck 3-5 February 2020.

This event was organized and coordinated by Astrid Neumann and Katharina Strommer and included speakers Astrid Neumann from Bionorica and Clemens Schöpf  and Gabriele Werner-Felmayer from MUI.

Review by Fátima Gimeno Ferrer ESR 8


The second TOBeATPAIN e-Seminar took place on Friday 6th November at the Karolinska Institutet.

TOBeATPAIN Early Stage Researchers Zerina Kurtovic ESR5 and Silvia Fanton ESR3 presented Central sensitization in Rheumatic diseases

Read the Review by Joana Menezes ESR4

TOBeATPAIN Journal Club

On the 30th June Tim Lawn presented  a paper on the ‘Effects of open-label placebo on pain, functional disability and spine mobility in patients with chronic back pain: a randomised controlled trial’ by Julia Kleine Borkmann, Katharina Schmidt, Andreas Hellmann and Ulrike Bingel.

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Secondment Review

Fátima Gimeno-Ferrer (ESR 8) reviews her Secondment in the Alps February 2020 at Medizinische Universität Innsbruck.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 764860.