Plenary Session I -- What We Have Learned About Placebo: Implications for Clinical Practice and the Interpretation of Evidence About Analgesics Featured

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Friday, January 24

The placebo effect is a known aspect in the practice of medicine. In the clinical setting, it has been relegated to statistical confounds. In this session, we will discuss ways to identify and predict the placebo effect as well as brain connectivity that leads to placebo.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify placebo underlying mechanisms to take advantage in the clinical setting.
  • Distinguish the differences between the use of placebo and nocebo effects to improve benefits from therapeutic interventions.
  • Explain how to avoid nocebo effects in clinical practice.
  • Indicate the differences in placebo response between genders.

Learning Mechanisms and Mechanism of Expectancy in Placebo Response

Luana Colloca, MD PhD MS

Ethical Use of Placebo in Clinical Practice: Should We Avoid it or Take Advantage of it?

Tor Wager, PhD

Understanding Placebo and Nocebo Effects in Clinical Research

Marta Pecina, MD PhD

Phenotype as Predictor of Susceptibility to Placebo

Nathaniel P. Katz, MD MS

Memory and Implications for Pain: Can Optogenetics Turn Memories On and Off?

Honored Guest Lecturer

Christine Ann Denny, PhD

Faculty and Presentations subject to change.