The 25th Napa Pain Conference Continues to Bring the Top Thought Leaders Together for the Advancement of Pain Medicine

The 25th Napa Pain Conference, presented by Neurovations Education will be held during August 16-19, 2018 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California. This distinguished medical conference will draw world-wide specialists to share the latest information in the field of pain–from laboratory science to clinical diagnosis, management, and prevention.

The Napa Pain Conference (NPC) was founded by Eric J. Grigsby, MD, MBA in 1994 and is part of a national continuing medical education program that also includes the Kauai Pain Conference and Neuromodulation: The Science. At these meetings, clinicians, researchers, industry innovators, and policy makers unite to share learning and build a network of collaboration and support. In the field of pain medicine, this network is crucial for those on the front lines of patient care, and for the specialists “behind the scenes” in research, device development, and policy. The Napa Pain Conference attracts predominantly senior and director-level physicians, early and mid-career physicians, private practice owners, mid-level practitioners, researchers, industry, students and pharmacists.

This year’s conference is a milestone and as such promises to be one of the best yet. Cutting-edge topics and hands-on workshops continue to be a mainstay of the NPC agenda, and some of this year’s topics include Using Genetic and Non-Genetic Factors to Guide Treatment; Advances in the Management and Treatment of Cancer Pain; CRISPR’s Potential to Change the Practice of Medicine; and Ultrasound-Guided Pump Refills (a hand-on lab), and Regenerative Medicine Advances for Pain.

Several special anniversary events are planned, including a black-tie dinner on Friday, August 17 in the newly-constructed Vintners’ Room at the Meritage, and the legendary Vineyard Dinner, held at the Rocca Family Vineyards on Saturday, August 18. There will also be a Wine College workshop, open to all attendees, that will combine wine tasting and education. Sponsored by Rocca Family Vineyards, the class will feature a number of their award winning wines.

An important annual event that is elemental to the mission of the Napa Pain Conference is the Lindahl Lecture, which honors the importance of mentorship as the foundation of innovation and scientific advancement by showcasing distinguished thinkers in the sciences to speak to an audience of young scientists, researchers, and current and future clinicians and public health professionals. This year the Napa Pain Conference is honored to welcome two very distinguished Keynote speakers  Professors Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, PhD, the co-discoverers of CRISPR/Cas-9, a precise nanotool for editing DNA.

Professors Charpentier and Doudna recently received the 2018 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience and are widely regarded as likely recipients of a Nobel Prize in the near future. On Friday, August 18 (Doudna) and Saturday, August 19 (Charpentier) will talk about their discovery, applications, and the future of a technology that is changing the world as we know it. These lectures are essential for every provider interested in understanding CRISPR and its potential medical applications, including causing mutations and using gene therapy to cure serious diseases.

About Neurovations
Neurovations Education hosts national, multi-day conferences, including the Napa Pain Conference, the Kauai Pain Conference, and Neuromodulation: The Science. These conferences are designed to unite leading clinicians, researchers, and industry innovators to address current challenges and identify new opportunities in treatments for pain and neuroscience.

Neurovations Education is accredited to provide continuing medical education for physicians, and works with professional organizations and non-profits to design and manage accredited continuing medical education programs in pain and neuroscience.

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