Congress Program


Monday, 04 March

        08:00-08:30

Registration

08:30-10:00

Session 1
Opening Session Fibromyalgia in 2019:
Where we are and Where are we Heading?
Chairpersons: Jacob Ablin, Israel
                        Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Italy

 


08:30-09:00
Fibromyalgia State-of-the-Art Overview
Ernest Choy, Cardiff University School of Medicine, UK


09:00-09:30
Longitudinal Perspective - Past - Present - Future
Jacob Ablin,
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel



09:30-10:00
A Sociological Perspective: Why are Doctors so Afraid of Fibromyalgia?
Winfried Häuser, Klinikum Saarbrücken, Germany

10:00-10:30

Networking, Coffee Break and visit the Exhibition 

10:30-12:00

Session 2
"Fibromyalgia Wars"
Chairperson: Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Italy

 


10:30-11:00
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sides of "Psychosomatic"
Riccardo Torta, University of Turin, Italy


11:00-11:30
Transparent Pain. But you don't Look Sick at All...
Manuela Di Franco, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

 
11:30-12:00

Disability in Fibromyalgia: a Medico-Legal Perspective
Howard Amital, Sheba Medical Center, Israel

12:00-13:00

Lunch Break and visit the Exhibition

13:00-15:00

Session 3
Classification and Diagnosis
Chairperson: Winfried Häuser, Germany

 


13:00-13:30
Evolving Concepts in the Classification, Diagnosis and Epidemiology of Fibromyalgia
Marco Di Carlo, Italy

 


13:30-14:00
Is Fibromyalgia really all that Different from other Rheumatological Disorders?
Giuliana Guggino
, University of Palermo, Italy

 
14:00-14:30
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia following Immunization: Another Angle of the ‘Autoimmune (Auto-Inflammatory) Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants’ (ASIA)
Yehuda Shoenfeld, Sheba Medical Center, Israel

14:30-15:00

Networking, Coffee Break and visit the Exhibition 

15:00-17:00

Session 4
From Periphery to Central and Vice Versa; Where does Fibromyalgia Stand?
Chairperson: Yehuda Shoenfeld, Israel

 

15:00-15:20
Mechanisms Underlying the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain
Daniel Clauw,
University of Michigan, USA



15:20-15:40
Mechanistic Similarities between Fibromyalgia and other Chronic Pain Conditions
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Aalborg University, Denmark



15:40-16:00
The Role of Peripheral Nociceptors in Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Nurcan Üçeyler, University of Wurzburg, Germany

 
 16:00-16:20
"More Brain than Muscle" the Fibromyalgia Paradigm
Roberto Casale,
Italy

 16:20-17:20  
Patients’ Associations in Fibromyalgia: Do We Need Them?

 
16:20-16:40
ENFA: What is for?

Souzi Makri, ENFA

 
16:40-17:00
Role of Patients Associations on Dealing with Fibromyalgia Patients

Egidio Riva, AISF-ONLUS, Italy

 
17:00-17:20
The Israeli Perspective - What's we've Learned Over the Last 2 Decads

Sharon Gur, ASAF, Israel

Tuesday, 05 March

        08:00-08:30

Registration

08:30-10:00

Session 5
Etiology of Fibromyalgia: "Known Knowns, Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns..."
Chairperson: Daniel Clauw, USA

 


08:30-09:00
Is it All in your Genes? (Genetics of Fibromyalgia)
Dan Buskila, Soroka Medical Center, Israel


09:00-09:30
The Times they are a'changin: Epigenetics of Chronic Pain
Frances MK Williams, King’s College London, UK


09:30-10:00
"Fear and Awe": How Important is Stress after all?
Kati Thieme, Philipps‐University of Marburg, Germany

10:00-10:30

Networking, Coffee Break and visit the Exhibition 

10:30-12:00

Session 6
Is it All in your Head? The Neuroscience of Fibromyalgia
Chairperson: Riccardo Torta, Italy

 


10:30-11:00
Novel Paradigms of Centralized Pain in Fibromyalgia (Pain Signatures)

Daniel Clauw, University of Michigan, USA


11:00-11:30
Tuning up our Brains: Neuromodulation for Fibromyalgia (TMS, HBOT, Neurofeedback...)
Roberto Casale, Italy


11:30-12:00
Towards Novel Classification of Complex Brain - Related Syndromes: Lessons from Brain Imaging
Neil Basu,
University of Aberdeen, UK

 12:00-13:00

Oral Poster Presentation
Chairperson: Jacob Ablin, Israel

13:00-14:00

Lunch Break and visit the Exhibition

14:00-15:30

Session 7
Treating Fibromyalgia in 2019: Meds, Non-Meds and Cannabis
Chairperson: Dan Buskila, Israel

 


14:00-14:30
"Alternative" Treatment may be your First Choice... (Exercise, Movement - Meditative Treatments, CBT and Hydrotherapy) 
Valerie Aloush,
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel

14:30-15:00
Medicating Fibromyalgia in 2019: Any News in the Pipeline?
Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, University of Milan, 
Italy

 
15:00-15:30
Cannabis for Fibromyalgia: The Great Green Elephant in the Room
Silviu Brill, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel

15:30-16:00

Networking, Coffee Break and visit the Exhibition 

16:00-17:00

Session 8
Final Session: The Road Ahead...
Chairpersons: Daniel Clauw, USA
                        Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Denmark

 


16:00-16:30
Blueprint for "Future Fibromyalgia" Conference
Jacob Ablin
,
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel

 


16:30-17:00
Is There a Role for Prevention or Early Diagnosis in Fibromyalgia?
Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, University of Milan
, Italy


 17:00

Congress Closing