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Course - Morten Hoegh - Applied neuroscience for the paining person

This two-day course gives you a better sense of people's suffering and why they are in pain - making you a more capable, empathic clinician.

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Course - Morten Hoegh - Applied neuroscience for the paining person

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Saint Leonards Hospital, St Leonards Hospital, Nuttall St, London N1 5LZ, Verenigd Koninkrijk


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This two-day course gives you a better sense of people's suffering and why they are in pain - making you a more capable, empathic clinician

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Course Overview

In this two-day course participants learn the most common theories of pain as well as the basic mechanisms believed to link pain and nociception. 

Part 1: Pain in a historical context and theory of science in a clinical context. 

Part 2: Basic mechanisms of (1) neuronal transduction and transmission, (2) peripheral sensitization, (3) central sensitization and (4) descending modulation. 

Part 3: Applying science, theory and evidence into the clinical encounter; how science helps us explain pain independently of tissue damage. 

Course Outline

Day 1.

Registrations 8.30 - 9.00am - End 5.00pm

Pain in context: Science and Society

Theories of pain 

Transduction and transmission of nociception; a necessary part of physiological pain?

Peripheral sensitization; is this present in all acute musculoskeletal injuries?

Clinical application I; Understanding hyperalgesia and sensitization

Day 2.

Beginning 9.00 am - End 4.30pm

Central sensitization; is this an essential mechanisms in non-specific pain?

A mechanism-based approach

What does it mean to be Paining?

The descending modulatory system; explaining treatment-effects with neuroscience?

Clinical application II; Understanding exercise induced analgesia

Non-specific treatment effects (placebo and nocebo effects)

Telling the story about pain; communication and psychoeducation in clinical practice

Course Objectives

After the course, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the concept of a theory as opposed to a scientific explanation in relation to pain
  • Understand and apply mechanism-based assessment to evaluate primary and secondary hyperalgesia in patients with acute and chronic pain
  • Apply current knowledge about the descending pain modulatory system to clinical practice
  • Understand best evidence for treating non-specific chronic low back pain and wide-spread pain (fibromyalgia)
  • Use science to help patients create a helpful narrative that explains why they feel pain and what can be done to help them (psychoeducation)


St. Leonards Hospital - Locomotor Department

Nuttall Street 


N1 5LZ 

United Kingdom

Dr. Morten Hoegh

After qualifying as a clinical physiotherapist (1999) and completing several clinical exams, Morten was granted the title of specialist physiotherapist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy (2005) and sports physiotherapy (2006). But it was not until 2010-12 he made an entry to academia when he joined the multidisciplinary Master-of-Science in Pain: Science & Society at King's College London (UK). From 2015-19 Morten completed his PhD in Medicine/pain at Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), Aalborg University. He is still employed as external lecturer at Aalborg University.

Having spent more than a decade as clinician, teacher and business developer he decided to focus on improving national and international pain education based on the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Most recently, he was appointed vice-chair of the European Pain Federation’s Educational Committee and has been involved in the development of the Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy and underlying curriculum. Currently he is overseeing the developments of similar programs in nursing and psychology. At a national level Morten has been appointed to several chairs and committees including the Danish Medicine and Health Authorities and the Danish Council of Ethics. He has co-authored a textbook on pain, and written several book chapters, clinical commentaries and peer-reviewed basic science articles on pain and pain modulation.

Morten is regarded as a skilled and inspiring speaker and he has been invited to present in Europe and on the american continent. He is also a prolific debater and advocate of evidence-based and patient-centered approaches to treatment in general. Morten is motivated by his desire to improve management of chronic pain, reduce stigmatisation of people with ‘invisible diseases’ and to bridge the gap between clinical practice and neuroscience research in relation to pain.

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