1st International Conference on Phantom Limb Pain

August 31 – September 2, 2021


Phantom Limb Pain (PLP) is a condition often experienced after limb amputation which can negatively impact quality of life. Unfortunately, no universally accepted guidelines exist for its prevention and treatment.

The 1st International Conference on Phantom Limb Pain (ICPLP 2021) took place on Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2021 at the Center for Bionics and Pain Research (CBPR) in Mölndal, Sweden. It consisted of 3 full days of lectures, oral and poster presentations, and panel discussions in person and online.

The aim of the 1st International Conference on Phantom Limb Pain was to bring together world-renowned experts in the study and treatment of PLP, and to create a forum for discussion on current scientific thinking in the field. On this page you can freely access all the presentations and discussions that took place at ICPLP 2021.


    Click here to access the main website of the event.

    Click here to access the ICPLP 2021 Conference Booklet. (Note: All times are in Central European Time (UTC+1))


ICPLP 2021 Conference Videos


Lectures

Tuesday, August 31st
    Welcome Reception & Opening Ceremony
    Prof. Max Ortiz Catalan
    Pär Gustafsson
    Per Tenggren
    Understanding Phantom Limb Pain
    Prof. Fernando Cervero
    Emeritus Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    Honorary Professor, The University of Bristol, UK Past-President, International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
    Changing Notions of Phantom Limb Pain: From Psychiatric Condition to Neurological Condition
    Prof. Jack Tsao
    Professor at University of Tennessee, USA
    Neurogenesis and Treatment of PLP
    Prof. Max Ortiz Catalan
    Center for Bionics and Pain Research, Chalmers University of Technology
    Phantom Limb Pain: A Dynamic Network Perspective
    Prof. Herta Flor
    Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University
    Stability of Sensory Topographies in Amputees
    Prof. Tamar Makin
    Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London
    Can the Link Between Cortical/Peripheral Remapping and Phantom Limb Properties Help the Development of Efficient Pain Relief Therapies and Near-Natural Replacement of Missing Hands?
    Dr. Estelle Raffin
    Scientist at Centre for Neuroprosthetics (CNP), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland
Wednesday, September 1st

    Targeted Muscle Reinnervation for the Treatment of Postamputation Pain
    Prof. Todd Kuiken
    Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Northwestern University


    Use of Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces (RPNI) for the Prevention and Treatment of Neuroma and Phantom Pain
    Prof. Paul Cederna
    University of Michigan

    Making Sense of the Contemporary Surgical Approaches for Neuroma Prevention and Treatment
    Prof. Jaimie Shores & Prof. Sami Tuffaha
    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Thursday, September 2nd
    Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Therapies in Phantom Limb Pain
    Prof. Nadia Bolognini
    Dept. of Psychology, University of Milano Bicocca

    Prosthesis Embodiment and Phantom Limb Pain
    Dr. Robin Bekrater-Bodmann
    Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

    The Role of Spike Synchrony on Tactile Perception Revealed by Kilohertz-Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation
    Prof. Steven Prescott
    Neurosciences & Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children
    Physiology & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto

    ICPLP 2021 Closing Ceremony
    ICPLP 2021 Speakers, Staff, & Invited Guests

Panel Discussions

Panel Discussion 1 – Tuesday, August 31st
    Prof. Max Ortiz Catalan
    Center for Bionics and Pain Research, Chalmers University of Technology

    Prof. Jack Tsao
    Professor at University of Tennessee, USA

    Prof. Herta Flor
    Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University

    Dr. Robin Bekrater-Bodmann
    Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

Panel Discussion 2 – Wednesday, September 1st
    Prof. Max Ortiz Catalan
    Center for Bionics and Pain Research, Chalmers University of Technology

    Prof. Jack Tsao
    Professor at University of Tennessee, USA

    Prof. Herta Flor
    Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University

    Dr. Robin Bekrater-Bodmann
    Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

Panel Discussion 3 – Thursday, September 2nd
    Prof. Max Ortiz Catalan
    Center for Bionics and Pain Research, Chalmers University of Technology

    Prof. Jack Tsao
    Professor at University of Tennessee, USA

    Prof. Herta Flor
    Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University

    Dr. Robin Bekrater-Bodmann
    Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Central Institute of Mental Health, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany


Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations 1

    PhantomAR – Developing a wearable Augmented Reality for treating phantom limb pain
    Dr. Prahm

    An international, double-blind, randomized controlled clinical trial for phantom motor execution as a treatment for phantom limb pain: preliminary results
    Dr. Lendaro

    Platform combining Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and Virtual Reality for Neuropathy
    Dr. Preatoni

    A non-invasive sensory feedback system in hand prostheses used in everyday life
    Dr. Wijk

    Prostheses with somatosensory feedback reduce phantom limb pain and increase functionality
    Dr. Weiss

    Sensory Feedback to Investigate and Drive Cortical Plasticity
    Dr. Zarei

    Effects of combined and alone transcranial motor cortex stimulation and mirror therapy in phantom limb pain: A randomized factorial trial
    Dr. Lidström-Holmqvist

    A novel surgical method based on targeted sensory reinnervation reduces phantom pain and improves prosthetic rehabilitation
    Dr. Gardetto

Oral Presentations 2

    Phantom limb pain and residual limb pain after lower limb amputation – data from the SwedeAmp registry
    Dr. Hagberg

    The Prevalence and Risk Factors for Phantom Limb Pain in People with Amputations
    Dr. Limakatso

    Reliability of a limb laterality recognition task in people with phantom limb pain
    Dr. Graham

    Changes in brain activity and pain inhibition as possible predictors for phantom limb pain in leg amputees – a longitudinal pilot study
    Dr. Serian

    Altered resting-state functional connectivity after sensory feedback training in amputees with PLP
    Dr. Wanke

    Towards EEG Signatures of Phantom Limb Pain
    Dr. Lendaro

    Magnetoencephalographic neurofeedback training to reduce phantom limb pain
    Dr. Yanagisawa

    Are phantom referred sensations a perceptual consequence of S1 remapping?
    Dr. Amoruso

    Filling the gap: mapping the facial homunculus in one-handed individuals and controls
    Dr. Root

Poster Presentations

Wednesday, September 1st

    Correlation between neuromas and phantom limb pain after traumatic hand amputation
    Dr. Pejkova

    A retrospective review of phantom limb pain in patients undergoing lower limb amputations as a result of diabetes
    Dr. Goodison

    Chronic pain in lower limb amputees and correlation with the use of perioperative epidural or perineural analgesia
    Dr. Donati

    A Case Series on Ultrasound-Guided Botulinum Toxin Nerve Blocks for Refractory Phantom Limb and Residual Limb Pain
    Dr. Smither

    Early Experience of Targeted Muscle Reinnervation for Phantom Limb Pain in Lower Limb Amputations
    Dr. Taylor

    Effect of Pulse-width Modulated Sensory Feedback on Cortical Excitability
    Dr. Jadidi

    C.A.L.A. – Computer Assisted Limb Assessment: Visualizing Phantom Limbs and Phantom Limb Pain
    Dr. Bressler

Thursday, September 2nd

    Electroacupuncture for Nociceptive Phantom Limb Pain: A patient case study
    Dr. King

    Microstimulation as a tool to explore sensory percepts elicited by electrical stimulation
    Dr. Dione

    Phantom limb movements: kinematics and EMG
    Dr. Scaliti

    Interplay between innovation and intersubjectivity. How therapists providing Phantom Motor Execution therapy describe and explain change?
    Dr. Pilch

    Out of the Clinic, into the Home: The In-Home Use of Phantom Motor Execution Aided by Machine Learning and Augmented Reality for the Treatment of Phantom Limb Pain
    Dr. Lendaro

    A four phase therapy concept together with a vibrotactile feedbacksystem reduces phantom pain and improves gait stability.
    Dr. Schultheis

    “I Did Not Expect the Doctor to Treat a Ghost”: Chronic Phantom Limb Pain in Military Amputees, 1914-1985
    Dr. Smith

    Nociceptive, visual, and proprioceptive signals’ multisensory integration influences body ownership
    Dr. Coppi


Workshops

    Workshop #1: Body illusions for phantom pain relief
    Marta Matamala-Gomez, Tony Donegan, Justyna Swidrak
    Workshop #2: Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) and Explain Pain – A Physiotherapist’s Experience of Using This Concept for Treating Phantom Limb Pain Over the Last 10 Years
    Kate Lancaster
    Workshop #3: Phantom Motor Execution as treatment for Phantom Limb Pain
    Corry K van der Sluis, Liselotte Hermansson, Cathrine Widehammar, Maria Munoz-Novoa, Eva Lendaro, and Max Ortiz-Catalan
    Workshop #4: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
    Denise Lester, Douglas Murphy, Brooke Trainer, Rob Trainer
    Workshop #5: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS): A Practical Introduction for Clinical Research
    Lorenzo Diana, Nadia Bolognini

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