Annual prize of the Belgian Pain Society

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BPS Prize 2021

The Award (basic science) will be presented on the occasion of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the BPS on 4th December 2021.

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BPS Prize 2020

Lisa Goudman

The winner of the research prize is Ms Lisa Goudman (VUB).
The paper by Lisa Goudman focuses on the outcome of spinal cord stimulation with a focus on global measures, i.e. evaluating patients from a holistic point of view by taking functioning, medication use, quality of life and other functionality measures into account besides pain intensity scores. Lisa Goudman was awarded 5,000€ and will present her work at the next Annual Scientific Congress.

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BPS Prize 2019

Camille Vanderclausen

The winner of the research prize is Dr Camille Vanderclausen (UCL). The paper by Dr. Vanderclausen focuses the interaction between somatotopic and spatiotopic representation of nociceptive stimuli. The jury was impressed by the clear design of the study contrasting normal subjects with a group of early blinds in an experiment exploring locating a threatening stimulus in its environment. In an easily understandable paradigm, it could be concluded that the way we perceive nociceptive stimuli is shaped by early visual experience. Dr Vanderclausen presented shortly her work at the Annual Scientific Congress on Saturday 18th May 2019 and won EUR 5000.

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BPS Prize 2018

Dimitri Van Ryckeghem

The winner of the research prize is Mr Dimitri Van Ryckeghem (University of Gent and University of Luxemburg). Mr Van Ryckeghem's paper 'Task interference and distraction efficacy in patients with fibromyalgia' - 'An experimental investigation' focuses on a potentially reduced top-down control over pain in fibromyalgia patients. In a controlled study, it was shown that task performance of the FM patients is slower compared to controls, but that there was no difference in the magnitude of the interference- and distractions efficacy. In conclusion the theory that attention modulates pain experience was confirmed, but no evidence was found for an altered attention processing of pain in FM patients.
Mr Van Ryckeghem presented his work shortly at the congress on 9th June 2018 and won €5000.

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BPS Prize 2017

Simon Desiderio

The winner of the research prize is Mr Simon Desiderio, ULB. Mr Desiderio is studying the molecular mechanisms of sensory neurogenesis in the mouse. The obtained results revealed an important novel player controlling the differentiation of the neurons that are specialized in pain perception. Mr Desiderio presented his work shortly at the congress on 10th June 2017 and won €5000. The work by Mr Desiderio has been published in 2019 in the journal Cell Reports.

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BPS Prize 2016

Giulia Liberati

The winner of the research prize is Dr Giulia Liberati (UCL). Dr Liberati briefly presented her work on “Pain-related gamma-band oscillations in the human insula”, at the BPS Congress on 4th June 2016 and won €5000.

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BPS Prize 2015

Joris Vriens

The annual research prize of the Belgian Pain Society was attributed this year to Prof. Joris Vriens.
Dr. Vriens is assistant professor in the Dept of Oran Systems and Head of the lab for Gynaecology & Experimental Obstetrics at the KU Leuven. His work entitled "TRPM3 as a target for treatment of inflammatory pain” represents a proof-of-concept, extending on his earlier work and illustrates the role of TRPM3 as a nociceptor in the somatosensory system. The results of this ongoing and very promising study highlight TRPM3 as a potential target for the development of new clinical applications/treatment on humans.