Keynote Speakers



Our 2018 Keynote Speakers: Dr. Lormier Moseley and Dr. Karim Khan


Pain is an effective protective feeling that affects all of us, young and old. Most of our clients report pain, yet many of our interactions are still based on an understanding of pain that emerged in the 17th century. In this lecture, I will provide an overview of contemporary pain science and how it relates to clinical practice, with a particular focus on the aging population. As we get older, we see changes in our hardware - our muscles, joints, nervous and immune systems - and in our software - we learn and learn and learn. Contemporary pain science emphasises the truly biopsychosocial nature of pain, but what does this really mean within the context of clinical care. I will argue that theoretical and clinical neuroscience clearly supports the idea that pain emerges on the basis of a complex process that involves somatosensory input, memories, context and social environment. This idea requires us to observe our clients carefully, to see what they say and do, and indeed what they do not. This idea requires us to choose our words and spaces carefully, always cognisant of the client’s internal 'protectometer’.

Bio: After 7 years as a clinical physiotherapist, Lorimer undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney. After positions at the University of Queensland and the University of Oxford, he returned to Australia in 2009 to be Australia's youngest ever Chair in Allied Health or Medicine. He has now written 320 articles and 6 books, including the two highest selling pain books internationally. His contribution to the field has been honoured by awards or prizes in 12 countries, including the International Association for the Study of Pain’s Clinical Science Prize and Australia’s most prestigious prize for health innovation. He has given 60 keynote lectures at the most prestigious meetings in the pain and physiotherapy fields and his outreach articles and videos have over 4 million reads/views. 

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clinician-scientist in the field of exercise medicine for health, Dr. Karim Khan was a CIHR New Investigator (2001-2007). He was instrumental in the development of the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, one of only nine UBC senate-approved centres. One major mandate of the centre is to reduce fall-related hip fractures in seniors and Dr. Khan is theme leader for that component. He is an energetic advocate for the health benefits of physical activity and is internationally recognized for research that aims to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable seniors with increased risk of fracture.

Bio: Dr. Karim Khan is a professor and clinician-scientist in the Department of Family Practice and School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he has taught since 2000. He is currently co-director of UBC’s Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, a $40-million centre funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. On the international stage, Dr. Khan took a two-year leave in 2014 to serve as the Director of Research and Education at Qatar’s Aspetar Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Hospital – the first of its kind in the Gulf Region. He has also taught at universities in Australia and Norway. Dr. Khan has achieved international recognition for studies promoting greater mobility among vulnerable seniors, and is a respected leader in the field of tendon injuries, osteoporosis, fall prevention and exercise promotion for health. He has a track record of over 300 highly cited peer-reviewed publications, and has, since 2008, been the editor-in-chief of the high-impact British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), a leading international journal that focuses on the role of physical activity for health. He is also the co-author of the best-selling textbook Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine. Dr. Khan is passionate about knowledge translation and patient engagement, and was responsible for establishing the BJSM’s social media accounts, podcast and blog that have reached millions of viewers and listeners. His association with CIHR began 16 years ago, when he received funding as a CIHR New Investigator from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Khan earned his medical degree and PhD at the University of Melbourne, and his MBA at the University of British Columbia.