Christopher Eccleston

Chris is Professor of Medical Psychology at the University of Bath in the UK where he directs the Centre for Pain Research. The Centre’s research is broadly focussed on mechanisms of analgesia and disability, individual differences in pain communication and experience, treatment innovation, child and family functioning, and evidence-based medicine.

Chris is actively engaged in the development of Digital Therapeutics, in particular Virtual Reality interventions in chronic pain, and in self-management tools for the 20% of the population who struggle to make sense of persistent treatment-resistant chronic pain.

He has published over 280 peer reviewed scientific publications and has been at the forefront of innovative pain research for 25 years. 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.

Chris founded and directed the Bath Pain Management Unit from 1994-2008, including the first tertiary paediatric pain programme. He continues to consult internationally on the development on new services and team training in chronic pain management. From 2009-2019 he was psychology editor for the journal PAIN, and from 2010 to 2020 he was coordinating editor of Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Cochrane Review Group.

In addition to the scientific publications in leading journals, 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 new edited volume on work and occupation (including school, play, and home-working) called ‘Work and pain: a lifespan development approach’.

In this presentation he will

  • Outline the case for innovation in chronic pain behavioural pain management
  • Discuss a new solution in Virtual Reality for Chronic Pain
  • Present data from a novel Randomized Controlled Trial of the new solution
  • Present the roadmap for a novel, avatar driven, pain management system
  • Discuss opportunities for collaboration in the field of pain management.