Course description

Course type

Advanced

Course description

This course, organised by ESHRE SIG Endometriosis and Endometrial Disorders, is aimed at clinicians, clinical researchers, basic scientists and patient associations with an interest in endometriosis-associated pain. It will combine expertise from the fields of pain neuroscience and endometriosis to provide an update on current knowledge regarding mechanisms generating and maintaining pain, as well as research methodologies for both preclinical and clinical research. This includes exciting talks about peripheral, central and visceral pain mechanisms, as well as hormonal influences on pain. After reviewing the role of the somatic nervous system in endometriosis, the role of neuropelveology as a new approach to pelvic pain and dysfunction will be discussed. Next, in-depth reviews of comorbid pain conditions and alterations in the central nervous system specifically for endometriosis will be presented. After discussing the role of the pelvic inflammatory environment and macrophage function on endometriosis-pain, these insights will be translated to research, such as animal models for pelvic pain, and the importance of patient-reported outcome measures and standardisation of data collection will be investigated.


Course objectives

  • Update on current knowledge regarding generating pain
  • Update on current knowledge regarding maintaining pain
  • Update on research methodologies for both preclinical and clinical research


Target audience

Clinicians, clinical researchers, basic scientists and patient associations with an interest in endometriosis-associated pain
 

Educational needs and expected outcomes

The programme will combine expertise from the fields of pain neuroscience and endometriosis to provide an update on current knowledge regarding mechanisms generating and maintaining pain as well as research methodologies for both preclinical and clinical research; the lessons learned can then be implemented both in clinical practice and in research protocols.

Innovative aspects

Novel pelvic pain mechanisms and possible treatment and research targets will be discussed. They will be considered beyond the boundaries of gynaecology, with international pain specialists presenting their facts and views. Participants interested in presenting a poster are invited to submit an abstract. 

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Abstract submissions for poster presentations

Language

The official language of the course is English. 

Certificate of attendance

Participants can only obtain a certificate of attendance after completing the online evaluation. After the course, ESHRE will send an e-mail with the link and more information.