SPS & SGHN Joint Annual Meeting 2024

The scientific and organizing committee is pleased to welcome you in Aarau on November 14th and 15th 2024 for the Sex and Gender Disparities in Pain congress, jointly organized by the Swiss Pain Society (SPS) and the Swiss Gender Health Network (SGHN).

Gender disparities are increasingly recognized in many health domains, and pain is no exception. We are not equal when it comes to pain. Biological, social, or environmental factors can jointly influence pain at various levels, whether in the pathophysiological mechanisms, expression or recognition, management or prevention of pain.

As part of this congress, we invite you to share the latest knowledge on sex and gender in pain, in the presence of national and international experts from various disciplines. Together, we aim to reflect on the influence of sex/gender on pain and explore ways to integrate sex and gender dimensions in practice,  research and teaching to improve patient care.

This is in line with the IASP Global Year 2024.

What to Expect:

  • In-depth Discussions: Engage with leading experts as they delve into the intricate relationship between sex, gender, and pain.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow healthcare professionals, share experiences, and build lasting collaborations.
  • Cutting-Edge Research: Explore the latest advancements in pain research integrating sex and gender dimensions.

Who will Attend? Multidisciplinary audience of medical doctors, nurses, researchers, psychologists, physiotherapists and other allied healthcare professionals.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic dialogue addressing sex and gender disparities in pain. Together, we can bridge the gaps in healthcare and provide more personalized and effective pain relief solutions for all patients.

We look forward to welcoming you in Aarau to the SPS & SGHN Annual Congress 2024 and thank you in advance for your appreciated support!

For the scientific committee

PD Dr méd. Marc Suter
SPS President

Prof. Dr med. Carole Clair
SGHN Representative

Dre Virginie Schlüter, MD
SGHN coordinator


Thursday, 14. November 2024 – Friday, 15. November 2024


kultur & kongresshaus aarau
Schlossplatz 9
CH-5000 Aarau


Sex and Gender Disparities in Pain

Recognition of the SPS:

SPS will award 9 continuing education credits for Thursday, November 14, 2024 and 4 continuing education credits for Friday, November 15, 2024 to maintain the title “SPS Pain Specialist ®”.

=> Printed Program

=> SaveTheDate Flyer


We had the pleasure of putting together a comprehensive congress program for you on the topic of Sex and Gender Disparities in Pain.


Thursday, 14. November 2024

07.00 – 09.00
09.05 – 09.15
Introduction of the Swiss Pain Society
Marc Suter
09.15 – 09.30
Introduction of the Swiss Gender Health Network
Carole Clair
09.30 – 10.30
Challenges on integrating sex and gender into pain research
Edmund Keogh
10.30 – 11.00
Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.00
Gender disparity in acute pain management
Olivier W. Hugli, Joëlle Schwarz
12.00 – 13.00
How to integrate sex and gender dimensions in your research, practice or teaching?
Chair: Carole Clair
Roundtable: Camille Saumure Regimbald, Joëlle Schwarz, Marc Suter, Edmund Keogh, Olivier W. Hugli
13.00 – 13.45
Lunch Break
(with poster visit)
13.45 – 14.30
Industry Talk
14.30 – 15.00
Epigenetics and chronic pain: the importance of taking gender differences into account
Bertrand Leger
15.00 – 15.30
Sex Gender Difference in Drugs
Thierry Buclin
15.30 – 16.00
Coffee Break
16.00 – 16.30
Integrative Pain Management & Gender Medicine
Claudia Witt
16.30 – 17.00
Gender differences in chronic postsurgical pain in children and adolescents: Preliminary results from a longitudinal study.
Helen Koechlin
17.00 – 17.30
Visceral pain
Katy Vincent
18.00 – 19.30
Movie / City Tour and Drinks
19.30 – 22.00
Get together Dinner

Friday, 15. November 2024

07.00 – 08.30
SPS General Assembly
Marc Suter
SGHN Meeting
Carole Clair
09.30 - 10.00
Oral Poster Presentation
10.00 - 10.30
Coffee Break
10.30 - 10.45
How neural inflammation is gender different
Marc Suter
10.45 - 11.15
Introduction of all 9 SPS Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Chair: Ben Brönnimann
11.15 - 11.45
Parallel Meetings
(organized by SPS SIG Pain Psychology & SPS SIG Pediatric Pain)
State of research and lack of knowledge on transition acute- chronic and gender-related
Helene Köchlin
SPS SIG Meeting
Petra Schweinhardt
SPS SIG Meeting
Interdisciplinary multimodal pain therapy
Jochen Oeltjenbruns
SPS SIG Meeting
Pain Nurses
Astrid Burtscher
11.45 - 12.15
Parallel Meetings
(organized by SPS SIG Pain Nurse) Pain education in relation to sex and gender
Helen Koechlin
SPS SIG Meeting
Daily Life and Pain
Silvia Längin
SPS SIG Meeting
Pain Psychology
Julia Kaufmann
SPS SIG Meeting
Pediatric Pain
Alice Prchal
12.15 - 13.00
Closing Remarks | Best Poster Award
(with LunchBag and Apéro)


Get to know the invited speakers.

Prof. Dr. med. Thierry Buclin
Honorary Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

Service de pharmacologie clinique
Rue du Bugnon 17
CH-1011 Lausanne

Prof. Dr. med. Carole Clair
Co-Head of the Health and Gender Unit

Centre universitaire de médecine générale
et santé publique
Rue du Bugnon 44
CH – 1011 Lausanne

Prof. Dr. med. Olivier W. Hugli
Specialist in general internal medicine and emergency medicine

Service d’urgence Rue du Bugnon 46
CH-1011 Lausanne

Prof. Edmund Keogh
Deputy Head of Department (Research and Knowledge Exchange), Department of Psychology

University of Bath
Claverton Down
Bath BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

PD Dr. phil. Helen Koechlin
Senior Assistant/Health Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence

University of Zurich
Institute of Psychology
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH-8050 Zurich

Bertrand Leger, PhD
Doctor of Science (PhD)
Clinical Research Specialist
Head of research for the Suva Clinics

Clinique romande de réadaptation
Av. Grand-Champsec 90 Postfach
CH-1951 Sitten

Eveline Löseke
Quality management

Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL)
LWL-Einrichtungen Marsberg
Weist 45/Bredelarer Straße 33
D-34431 Marsberg

Camille Saumure Régimbald
Psychologist FSP Neuropsychologist

University of Fribourg
Departement of Psychology
Rue P.-A.-de-Faucigny 2
CH-1700 Fribourg

PD Dr. ès Sc Joëlle Schwarz
Co-Head of the Health and Gender Unit

Centre universitaire de médecine générale
et santé publique
Rue du Bugnon 44
CH – 1011 Lausanne

PD Dr. med. Marc Suter
Clinical head of pain center
FMH for anesthesiology

Centre d’antalgie, service anestheésiologie
Lausanne University hospital
Rue du Bugnon 46
CH-1011 Lausanne

Prof. Katy Vincent

University of Oxford
Nuffield Department of Women’s &
Reproductive Health Level 3
Women’s Centre
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU
United Kingdom

Prof. Dr. med. Claudia M. Witt, MBA
Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Universität Zürich
Rämistrasse 71
CH-8006 Zürich


The Swiss Pain Society (SPS) invites members and colleagues to submit abstracts for a poster presentation at the SPS & SGHN Joint Annual Congress 2024 on Thursday and Friday, November 14-15, at the KUK in Aarau.

Abstracts that have already been presented at other congresses in the past year will also be accepted.

=> The deadline for abstract submission is June 30, 2024.



Credits-Info will follow

kultur & kongresshaus aarau

Schlossplatz 9
CH-5000 Aarau
T +41 62 843 50 50


The KUK is easy to reach by car or public transport in Switzerland:

Coming from Zurich
Exit Aarau-Ost, right lane direction Aarau/Suhr (T5). Enter the city of Aarau via the left lane (Lucerne/Bern/Olten/Aarau) onto Rohrerstrasse/Laurenzenvorstadt. About 10m before entering the old town, you will see the Schlossplatz with the kultur & kongresshaus aarau on your right (no parking available there). The nearest parking garage is Kasernenparking.

Coming from Bern
Take the Aarau-West exit (Schöftland, Kölliken, Suhr) in the direction of Aarau/Zentrum. At the Rosengarten traffic circle (with turbine) turn right into Hintere Bahnhofstrasse (access to the “Behmen” parking garage here!). At the Gais traffic circle, take the 3rd exit and drive straight ahead in the middle lane towards the old town. About 10m before entering the old town, you will see the Schlossplatz with the kultur & kongresshaus aarau on your right (no parking available there). The nearest parking garage is Kasernenparking.

Arrival by train
Walk towards the city (approx. 8 min.):

  • Follow Bahnhofstrasse in the direction of the city center
  • after the Confiserie Brändli/90 Grad Café turn right into Kasinostrasse
  • continue straight ahead until the end of Kasinostrasse, cross the street
  • turn left, continue straight ahead for approx. 20 meters
  • at Valiant Bank turn right onto Schlossplatz, where you will find the kuk

In order to provide you with the best possible support in planning your participation at our SPS & SGHN Joint Congress 24, we have organized a contingent of hotel rooms to the following conditions. Please reserve your hotel room via this booking link.

Hotel Aarauerhof Self-Check-In Hotel
(you can book till 28. Oktober 2024)
One person for one night in a one bed room, breakfast included | CHF 117.-

Hotel Kettenbrücke 4-Star Hotel
(you can book till 8. November 2024)
One person for one night in a double room, breakfast included | CHF 248.-

In addition to an interesting and informative program, we look forward to a colourful trade exhibition, industry symposia and personal exchange on site, as we do every year.

If you are also interested, please contact us at info@swisspainsociety.ch


Registration gives you access to all keynote speeches, parallel SIG sessions and networking opportunities. You will also receive login details to use our mobile conference app to help you navigate the conference.

Registration gives you access to the morning and afternoon coffee breaks, the welcome reception and lunch. The social program in the evening will be charged separately.

All cancellations must be sent in writing to info(a)swisspainsociety.ch. Cancellations received on or after June 31, 2024 and before October 10, 2024 will be refunded less CHF 50 for administrative costs. No refunds will be given after October 11, 2024. It is advisable to take out insurance in the event of a cancellation due to illness/accident.

We ask all participants to register for the conference in advance. This way we can plan the number of participants accordingly and organize the necessary catering.

If you arrive at the conference and need to register, please contact the SPS team at the registration table for assistance.

During the breaks there will be the opportunity to study the posters and, if necessary, interact with the authors of the posters and discuss their research with them. Under the section “Abstracts” you will find information on the guidelines for posters and the set-up and dismantling times.

Free Wi-Fi will be available throughout the venue during the conference. Passwords will be issued on site at the conference.