School of Translational Health Science

Professor Hans-Christoph Diener will be presenting: ‘Highlights of Pain and Headache Research 2015

Chronic low back pain and headache have a high prevalence in the population. In 2015 several randomized trials were published on the treatment of chronic low back pain. One of these trials showed that acetaminophen is not superior to placebo. Local injections of corticosteroids provide only minor benefit. Physical therapy and exercise seem to provide the best long-term benefit. Triptans are the most effective drugs for the treatment of migraine. Effective migraine treatment with drugs that can be given to patients with cardiovascular diseases are needed. Humanized antibodies against a polypeptide released during migraine attacks (CGRP) are investigated for the prevention of episodic and chronic migraine. At present these new drugs seem to be effective and they have only minor adverse activity. Progress has also been made in the treatment of neuropathic pain and small fibre polyneuropathy.

About Professor Hans-Christoph Diener-hans-christoph-diener

Professor Hans-Christoph Diener is Head of Neurology and Director of the Essen Headache Centre at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany – the second largest headache centre in Europe.

Professor Diener is an international renowned expert in the area of headache and chronic pain. His special research interest is the biology of chronic headache disorders, brain imaging and integrative headache care. He runs clinical trials on acute treatment and prophylaxis of headache disorders. Professor Diener performed major studies in the epidemiology of chronic headache supported by the German Ministry of Research and Education. Professor Diener also runs a large clinic for patients with chronic back pain.


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A reminder regarding the School of Public Health Christmas Quiz Night, the invitation for this event has been extended to staff, HDR postgrad students and partners of the Joanna Briggs Institute. We hope that you will be able to attend for some light-hearted fun and to help some local charities. Please contact Jo or Daphne via to book

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The Barr Smith Librarians have created a new video relating to the LibGuide –…/advanced_searching_videos

The new video can be located in the CINAHL section, it deals with CINAHL Headings (the indexing language of CINAHL) and how to use them.

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The October 2015 issue of JBI Matters is now online –

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The Joanna Briggs Institute – Higher Degrees by Research Program is currently considering candidates for its February 2016 intake of students. This is a research degree covered under the Government’s Research Training Scheme (RTS), which means it has no fees attached (to Australian & NZ citizens and/or residents). Further, as it is a research degree, […]

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Applications are now open for two Faculty initiatives to support travel by eligible FHS staff and HDR students. Faculty of Health Sciences Research Travel Awards The intention of the Research Travel Awards is to facilitate international and interstate travel for research purposes. The awards might be used for field work necessary for the research project, […]

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The June 2015 issue of JBI Matters is now online.

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Barr Smith Librarian, Maureen Bell has created 2 new videos which deal with PubMed’s search fields - Please use this page to access the videos, rather than direct links to YouTube. Maureen will occasionally make changes to the videos, and with YouTube you can’t reload the same URL.

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2015 JBI IMS Invitation Septmber 3-4 2015 Abstract submission closes on the 29th May for the inaugural 2015 Joanna Briggs Institute International Methodology Symposium which will be held on the 3rd and 4th September in Adelaide, Australia. The Symposium will focus on presenting and discussing the unique approaches developed by JBI and its Collaboration on […]

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2016 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships – information sheet.pdf Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are now OPEN The 2016 round for the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is now open. Applications close on 30 June 2015. These scholarships provide an excellent opportunity for you to support existing and developing collaborations with our priority partner institutions utilising […]

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