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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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‘From static to temporal network theory: Applications to functional brain connectivity’ by Thompson et al., 2017.  Silvia Fanton 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 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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Joana Lama 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

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

George Sideris-Lampretsas Journal Club.

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

Review by Fátima Gimeno Ferrer

TOBeATPAIN Early Stage Researcher 8

TOBeATPAIN Research presented at Neuroscience Conference in Chicago  19-23 October 2019

Professor Dr. Frank Richter attended the Society for Neuroscience Conference in Chicago and showed a poster presentation of the research work of his student Fátima Gimeno Ferrer.

The conference focussed on the current hypothesis and approaches in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer´s and other neurodegenerative diseases. The most important fact was the putative role of neuroinflammation during the early stages in the development of these diseases. This is of particular interest for the EU funded TOBeATPAIN project which aims to explain if the mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases are related to the ones manifested in pain and which role neuroinflammation and subsequent neurodegeneration play during manifestation.

Fátima’s poster entitled “Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) influences cortical spreading depolarization (CSD) in adult rats – Could this be important in brain pathophysiology?” (F. Gimeno-Ferrer1, F. Richter1, R. Bauer2, A. Lehmenkuhler3, H.-G. Schaible1; 1Inst. of Physiol. I, 2Inst. of Mol. Cell Biology, CMB-Center for Mol. Biomedicine, Univ. Hosp. Jena, Jena, Germany; 3Pain Inst., Düsseldorf, Germany; 2019) presented and extended the results regarding the neuroinflammation model compared to the previous poster in DPG 2019 meeting in Ulm (Germany) (See the associated news for more info).

Society for Neuroscience Conference 19-23 October 2019

30th September to 2nd October 2019

Prof. Richter and Fátima Gimeno-Ferrer gave a poster presentation entitled “Amplitudes and propagation of cortical spreading depolarization (CSD) in adult rats are influenced by Clacitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP)”

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by Fátima Gimeno-Ferrer ESR 8

Fátima Gimeno-Ferrer
Fátima Gimeno-Ferrer

‘Intellectual Property (IP) and commercial exploitation’ presented by Michele Dubbini from EURICE 11th July 2019

During the TOBeATPAIN training the early stage researchers (ESRs) had the opportunity to gain understanding of legal terms and regulations regarding IP and IPR as well as relevant clauses of the ITN’s grant agreement. Michele Dubbini, an IP and innovation advisor from EURICE, helped the ESRs develop insight into their obligations and rights established by the grant agreement.

Review by Zerina Kurtovic ESR 5

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.

The third Transferable Skills Training course “Leadership and Research Governance” was divided into three different talks. ‘Good Documentation Practice’ was presented by Astrid Neumann (Bionorica Research and Supervisor or ERS10 Cristiana Dumbraveanu). The Clemens Schöpf (Medical University Innsbruck) explained his own experience of taking part in a ‘Start-up’ after he obtained his PhD degree.  ‘Good Scientific Practice’  was presented by Gabriele Werner-Felmayer (Medical University Innsbruck) discussing the relevance of fabrication, falsification and plagiarism in science nowadays.

Review by Fátima Gimeno Ferrer ESR 8


European Researchers Night 27th September 2019

The Natural History Museum

This year the European Researchers’ Night in London was hosted by the Natural History Museum. I was excited to take part in the event as it was a great opportunity to communicate with the public and share some information about our TOBeATPAIN Horizon2020 EU funded research at King’s. One of the activities which took place during the event, was the ‘EU Pub’.

Review by Joana Lama

TOBeATPAIN Early Stage Researcher 2

European Researchers Night September 2019

Pain in Europe XI – The 11th Congress of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) Valencia (Spain)  4th-7th September 2019

Prof Marzia Malcangio and Prof Eva Kosek presented their work on the role of the immune system in pain and on pain modulation, neuroinflammation, and periphery-to-central nervous system inflammatory cross-talk in patients with musculoskeletal chronic pain.


by Silvia Fanton ESR 3

World Parkinson’s Day 12th April 2019 King’s College London Parkinson’s Centre of Excellence

On 12th of April a celebration for World Parkinson’s Day 2019 was hosted by the Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence at King’s and Professor K Ray Chaudhuri (TOBeATPAIN Horizon2020). The event showcased the width of translational and people-based Parkinson’s research that is being carried out in the campus within King’s Health Partners.

Review by Joana Lama ESR 2

“Experimental Design and Practical Data Analysis in Positron Emission Tomography (PET)” 8th to 10th May 2019

This first TOBeATPAIN scientific workshop was hosted by Professor Federico Turkheimer, Dr Mattia Veronese and other members of the molecular neuroimaging group at the Department of Neuroimaging at King’s College London (KCL).

The first Transferable Skills Training course was given by Dr Aiofe Kiely from the Alzheimer’s Organisation entitled “Knowledge communication: Public engagement, fundraising and CSR”.

Review by George Sideris Lampretsas ESR 1



Amplitudes and propagation of cortical spreading depolarization (CSD) in adult rats are influenced by Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP).

Gimeno-Ferrer, F; Richter, F; Bauer, R; Lehmenkuhler, A; Schaible, HG.ACTA PHYSIOLOGICA 227 (Suppl. 719 ) SI, B 01-6

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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.