Faculty of Health | Professor Christopher Ecclestone and Professor Candy McCabe Lecture

  • Date 1st October 2024
  • Start time 4:30 pm
  • Finish time 7:00 pm
  • Venue/Location Tithebarn Building, Liverpool John Moores University
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The Faculty of Health at Liverpool John Moores University are pleased to announce the third event in our Public Lecture Series 2024.

Professor Christopher Eccleston, PhD – “Embodied Pain”

Chris is Professor of Medical Psychology and Pain Science at the University of Bath in the UK where he directs the Centre for Pain Research which is invested in behavioural science and behavioural medicine in chronic pain, currently with 25 members, including 8 on faculty.

Chris founded and directed the Bath Pain Management Unit from 1994-2008, including the first residential adolescent chronic pain management programme. He continues to consult internationally on the development of new services, new treatment models, and team training in chronic pain management. He is currently working at Great Ormond Street Hospital to establish a new adolescent chronic pain management programme as part of their integrated paediatric pain service.

From 2009-2019 he was psychology editor for the journal PAIN, and from 2010 to 2020 he was coordinating editor of the Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Cochrane Review Group.

Chris has published three leading books in the field with Oxford University Press. In 2016 he published ‘Embodied: the psychology of physical perception’. In 2018 he co-edited an analysis of investments in pain treatment in 37 European countries, in the book ‘European Pain Management’. And, in 2020, working with Dr Elaine Wainwright, he published a ‘Work and pain: a lifespan development approach’. In addition, he has published over 300 peer reviewed scientific publications and is widely cited (web of science h-index of 85). In 2018, the International Association for the Study of Pain recognised the contribution Chris had made to pain research by awarding him the prestigious Ronald Melzack Award. In 2021 he was awarded the Patrick Wall Medal for contributions to pain science by the UK Faculty of Pain Medicine.

Professor Candy McCabe PhD RGN – “Sensation loss and sensation gain when living with chronic pain

Candy McCabe is Professor of Clinical Research and Practice at the University of the West of England, Bristol and Head of Education and Research at Dorothy House Hospice, Winsley, UK. She is a previous Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor in Nursing.

Candy trained as a nurse at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and after working in a variety of specialties including ward based and research work she moved to the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), Bath in the mid- 90’s, which is now part of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. During the 20+ years she spent at the RNHRD she established with colleagues the national centres for multi-disciplinary rehabilitation for those with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and for those suffering with complex cancer late effects. Candy joined Dorothy House Hospice Care in October 2019.

Her research and clinical interests directly relate to increasing our understanding of the lived experiences of those with life limiting conditions, and the mechanisms and potential therapies for those with chronic unexplained pain, such as CRPS. Her chronic pain research has a particular focus on the relationships between chronic pain and the sensorimotor system.

Candy is a member of a number of national and international committees in the specialties of rheumatology and pain, co-founder and Chair of the CRPS UK Clinical Research Network, and past-Chair of the Scientific committee for the International Research Consortium for CRPS. She was the nursing representative on the NICE Guidelines committee for chronic primary pain and immediate past-Chair of the IASP Special Interest Group for CRPS. She is a past President of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology and a past-member of the British Pain Society Scientific Committee. She is an NIHR Mentor and a strong advocate for clinical academic careers.