30 June 2023

08:00 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:10

Word of Welcome by the host of the day Nigel Cowan

09:10 - 09:25

XR4PAIN an introduction by Ivar Bruaset, Anesthesiologist, Sint Maartenskliniek (NL)

09:25 - 09:55

State-of-the-art lecture on VR for Chronic Pain - by Chris Eccleston, Professor, Centre of Pain, University of Bath (UK)

09:55 - 10:10

XR4PAIN in practice by Denis Martin, Professor of Rehabilitation, the Health and Social Care Institute, Teesside University, Middlesborough (UK)

10:10 - 10:25

Patient experience - What is it like to live with chronic pain?
Patient, Nicola de Jong, and pain specialist, Natasja Maandag, will talk about this in an interview with Monique Steegers, professor of pain medicine and palliative care.

10:25 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:15

Mechanisms in action


VR-omics: elucidating the dynamics of  VR4pain? by Harry van Goor, surgeon, Radboudumc (NL)


Implementing VR for treatment with Qutenza®: our experiences by Lieke Weijers, Doctor's assistent Pain Centre, Sint Maartenskliniek (NL)


We can be heroes: Virtual reality to combat persistent pain by Daniel Harvie, pain scientist, researcher, University of South Australia (AU)


Using a VR game, to explain, the role of the brain, in relation to pain, within the Flippin’ Pain public health campaign by Cormac Ryan, Professor Clinical Rehabilitation, Teesside University (UK)

12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 15:20

Clinical applications


VR and Chronic Low Back Pain by Jesper Knoop, Senior Researcher, HAN (NL)


VR and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) by Thomas Corbett, Advanced Physiotherapist, The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre UK Ministry of Defence


VR and Rheumatic Diseases by Jordan Tsigaridis, Senior Clinical Fellow in Rheumatology and the Virtual Reality Lead for Postgraduate Education, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (UK)


VR and Phantom Limb Pain by Corry van der Sluis, Professor and consultant for Rehabilitation Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen (NL)

14:40 - 15:10

Abstract presentations


Virtual reality at home for chronic pain treatment: a single case experimental design study
Syl Slatman(1,2), Lieke Heesink(1), Monique Tabak(1)
(1) Biomedical Signals and Systems Group, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands (2) Research Group for Musculoskeletal 2Rehabilitation, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands


NoPain, digital tool to evaluate the emotional factor in chronic pain
Federica Ramírez Diez(1,2), Doménica Zamorano Maureira(1), Esteban Ruiz-Tagle González(3), Fernando Soto Serdio(1)
(1)Department of innovation, Inmers spa, Santiago, Chile (2)Faculty of Health Science, San Sebastián University, (3)FabLab, Valparaíso University, Valparaíso, Chile


Effectiveness of VR therapy treatment by patients with Chronic neck pain and Kinesophobia in primary care
Rick Verburg(1), Thomas Smolders(2), Kiki Coppelmans(3)
(1)Msc. Manual therapy, Hoge school Utrecht, the Netherlands. (2)Msc. Manual Therapy, Hoge school Utrecht, the Netherlands. (3)inMotion VR BV, Ki2Move 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

15:10 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:10

Abstract presentations


Limited use of virtual reality in primary care physiotherapy for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain
Syl Slatman(1,2), Bart Staal(1,3), Harry van Goor(4), Raymond Ostelo(5,6), Remko Soer(7,8), Jesper Knoop(1,5)
(1)Research Group for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2)Biomedical Signals and Systems Group, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands (3)Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, IQ healthcare, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands  (4)Department of Surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands  (5)Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Science and Amsterdam Movement Science Research Institute, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (6)Department of Epidemiology and Data Science, Amsterdam UMC location Vrije Universiteit & Amsterdam Movement Sciences, Musculoskeletal Health, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (7)Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede, the Netherlands (8)University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen Spine Center, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands


Physiotherapist beliefs and perspectives on virtual reality supported rehabilitation for the management of musculoskeletal shoulder pain: a focus group study
Niamh Brady(1,2), Beate Dejaco(3,4), Jeremy Lewis(5,6), Karen McCreesh(7,8), Joseph G. McVeigh(1)
(1)Discipline of Physiotherapy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
(2)Evolve Health, Cork, Ireland. (3)Delta Sports Medical Centre Papendal, Arnhem, The Netherlands. (4)HAN University of Applied Sciences, Radboudumc, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. (5)School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK. (6)Therapy Department, Central London Community Healthcare National Health Service Trust, London, UK. (7)School of Allied Health, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. (8)Ageing Research Centre, Health Research Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

16:15 - 16:45

Closing keynote by Paul Iske, Professor, School of Business and Economics, University Maastricht (NL)

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