Congress Program


Monday, 04 March

        07:30-08:30

Registration

08:30-10:10

Session 1
Where We Are and Where Are We Heading?

Chairpersons:  Jacob Ablin, Israel
                         Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Italy

 
08:30-08:40
Welcome & Opening of the Congress
Jacob Ablin,
Israel and Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Italy

 


08:40-09:10
Fibromyalgia State-of-the-Art Overview
Ernest H. Choy, Cardiff University, UK


09:10-09:40
A Longitudinal Perspective of Fibromyalgia - Past - Present - Future
Jacob Ablin,
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel



09:40-10:10
A Sociological Perspective: Why are Doctors so Afraid of Fibromyalgia?
Winfried Häuser, Klinikum Saarbrücken, Germany

10:10-10:40

Networking, Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition 

10:40-12:10

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

 


10:40-11:10
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sides of "Psychosomatic"
Riccardo Torta, University of Turin, Italy


11:10-11:40
Transparent Pain. But you don't Look Sick at All...
Cristina Iannuccelli, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

 
11:40-12:10

The Complexity and Difficulties of Handling Disability of Patients with Fibromyalgia
Howard Amital, Sheba Medical Center, Israel

12:10-13:10

Lunch Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition

13:10-14:40

Session 3
Classification and Diagnosis
Chairperson: Winfried Häuser, Germany

 


13:10-13:40
Evolving Concepts in the Classification, Diagnosis and Epidemiology of Fibromyalgia
Marco Di Carlo, Marche Polytechnic University, Italy

 


13:40-14:10
Is Fibromyalgia really all that Different from other Rheumatological Disorders?
Giuliana Guggino
, University of Palermo, Italy

 
14:10-14:40
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

14:40-15:10

Networking, Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition 

15:10-16:30

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

 

15:10-15:30
Mechanisms Underlying the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain
Daniel Clauw,
University of Michigan, USA



15:30-15:50
Mechanistic Similarities between Fibromyalgia and other Chronic Pain Conditions
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Aalborg University, Denmark



15:50-16:10
The Role of Peripheral Nociceptors in Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Nurcan Üçeyler, University of Wurzburg, Germany

 
 16:10-16:30
"More Brain than Muscle" the Fibromyalgia Paradigm
Roberto Casale, Opusmedica, PC&R Patient, Care & Research Network, Italy

 16:30-17:30  
Patients’ Associations in Fibromyalgia: Do We Need Them?
Chairpersons: Jacob Ablin, Israel and Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Italy


 
16:30-16:50
ENFA: What is it for?

Souzi Makri, The European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA), Cyprus

 
16:50-17:10
Role of Patients Associations on Dealing with Fibromyalgia Patients: The Italian Experience

Egidio Riva, Italian Association of Fibromyalgia (AISF-ONLUS), Italy

 
17:10-17:30
The Israeli Perspective - What's we've Learned Over the Last 2 Decades

Sharon Gur, ASAF, Israel

 17:30  End of Day One

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 Marburg, Germany

10:00-10:30

Networking, Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition 

10:30-12:00

Session 6
Is it All in your Head? The Neuroscience of Fibromyalgia
Chairperson: Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Italy

 


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

Daniel Clauw, University of Michigan, USA


11:00-11:30
Re-Tuning the Brain: Neuromodulation for Fibromyalgia
Roberto Casale, Opusmedica, PC&R Patient, Care & Research Network, Italy


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

12:00-13:00

Lunch Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition

13:00-14:30

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

 


13:00-13:30
Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Fibromyalgia: Complementary/Alternative Treatment May Be Your First Choice...
Valerie Aloush,
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel

13:30-14:00
Medicating Fibromyalgia in 2019: Any News in the Pipeline?
Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, University of Milan, 
Italy

 
14:00-14:30
Cannabis for Fibromyalgia: The Great Green Elephant in the Room
Silviu Brill, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel

14:30-15:00

Networking, Coffee Break, Poster Viewing and Visit the Exhibition 

 15:00-15:45  
Oral Presentations of Selected Abstracts
Chairperson: Jacob Ablin, Israel


 
15:00-15:06
Correlation between Fibromyalgia Severity Score and Fitness for Work: A Cross-Sectional Study
Ayala Krakov
, Shlomo Moshe, Israel

 
15:06-15:12
Reconciling Research Fields in Fibromyalgia: A Proposed Integrative Model
Ana Margarida Pinto, Mariana Luís, Filipe Palavra, Afton Hassett, Rinie Geenen, José António Pereira da SilvaPortugal

 
15:12-15:18
Single-Base Resolution Analysis of DNA Methylation in Fibromyalgia Women Compared with Their Healthy Sisters
Maria Carla Gerra, Inge Søkilde Pedersen, Davide Carnevali, Matteo Manfredini, Claudia Donnini, Alberto González-Villar, Yolanda Triñanes, Marina Pidal-Miranda, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, María Teresa Carrillo-de-la-Peña, Denmark

 
15:18-15:24
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Clinic: The Mayo Clinic Experience
Christopher Aakre, Connie Luedtke, Ryan Eastman, Tony Chon, USA

 
15:24-15:30
Hospitalisation in Fibromyalgia: In-Patient Treatment Characteristics, Costs and Geographical Variation in England
Anushka Soni, Andrew Segerdahl, Stephanie Santos-Paulo, Kassim Javaid, Rafa Pinedo-Villanueva, Irene Tracey, UK

 
15:30-15:36
Gender Stereotypes and Lack of Social Legitimation of Fibromyalgia in Spain.
Erica Briones-Vozmediano, Spain

 
15:36-15:45
Discussion

15:45-16:45

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

 


15:45-16:15
Blueprint for "Future Fibromyalgia" Conference
Jacob Ablin
,
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel

 


16:15-16:45
Is There a Role for Prevention or Early Diagnosis in Fibromyalgia?
Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, University of Milan
, Italy


 16:45

Congress Closing