Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Professor, MD, PhD

Aalborg University

Director, professor Lars Arendt-Nielsen, dr. med., Ph.D., is founder and director of Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI) and PI at Center for Pain and Neuroplasticity, Aalborg University, Denmark.. His interdisciplinary medical research focuses on: 1) translational experimental and clinical pain research, 2) human diagnostic pain biomarkers, 3) mechanism-based clinical proof-of-concept pain trials, 4) psychological and pharmacological modulation of chronic pain. Dr. Arendt-Nielsen’s publication record counts 1,016 peer reviewed journal papers (H-index 80) and delivered over 460 keynote lectures at international meetings and seminars. He has been visiting professor in Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, and Italy. A substantial network of international collaborations has been established with universities and hospitals in 15 different countries, as well as the biomedical/ pharmaceutical industry (20 international companies). Has served on the council of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), president of the IASP Global Year Against Musculoskeletal Pain 2010, president of the IASP Global Year Against Joint Pain 2016, chair for IASP’s Special Interest Group (SIG) on Musculoskeletal Pain, head of the IASP Grant Committee, and Editor-in-Chief of IASP Press. Dr. Arendt-Nielsen was the President of IASP (period 2018-20) and is now the immediate-past-president (2020-2022). In 2007 he was knighted by the Danish Queen for his contribution to science.

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