Mick Thacker The Problem of Pain

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Join us for this 8 week online and virtual course bringing together the science and philosophy of pain in a pragmatic and applicable way

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“We all feel pain. It’s a universal experience which physically demands our attention. Now Dr. Mick Thacker, a world-renowned Professor of Pain is leading pioneering new research to better understand pain, based on the theory of Predictive Processing. He submits that our brains are predictive machines: experience subconsciously affects how much we expect to feel pain in conditions suggesting threat or danger. The degree of sensation you feel in that moment is influenced by personal senses of anticipation, anxiety and emotion. So deep down, you already know it’s going to hurt.“

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This course promises to radically change what you know and how you think about pain, human experience and our clinical practice in ways that you may never have explored before.

The Course:

This will be an 8-week module that will explore all of the most up-to-date information, evidence and models available on the experience and perception of pain. The content of the course will be decided and created by Mick over the next few months running up to its delivery. This is Mick’s commitment to you as delegates. He will be taking an exciting and completely reloaded look at “the problem of pain” exploring and sharing isights from his own most recent research placed into the context of the current and continuing development and dissemination of research. Mick will draw upon the original work of his collaborators and will showcase some of the best current experimental science of pain.


- will be expertly guided through the story of pain and brought to a place where you are comfortable and able to explore a new understanding of consciousness and the experience of pain.

- will leave this weekend with an understanding of the limitations with a neurocentric model of ‘pain’ and an insight into the predictive processing model.

Mick will explore with you different philosophical and statistical accounts of how we experience our world with a firm basis in the science. He will weave in ideas for the clinic as well as approaches towards integrated these concepts within the modern frameworks for reasoning – from within and outside of the pain management world!

Philosphers Chatting With Clinicians

You are invited as part of this course, to the LIVE RECORDING of this podcast bringing you, the clinicians, into a live chat with Mick and guests.

Make sure you follow @PhilsClinsChat on twitter and instagram for more!

Date to be announced.

Prof. Mick Thacker

Professor Mick Thacker is investigating the perception of pain and is working towards his second PhD under the eminent Philosopher and Cognitive Scientist Professor Andy Clark on biologising the predictive processing model for pain.

But, Mick is first and foremost a Physiotherapist. His ultimate motivation is to better understand the symptoms of the patients and to help the clinicians working with them.

He trained as a Physiotherapist at West Middlesex University Hospital and progressed quickly to the role of Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist across multiple sites in London. He completed his PhD at King’s College, which began under Pat Wall and ended under Steve McMahon, and CCL2 as an important mediator into the production of neuropathic pain. He has lectured all over the world, and led the world renowned Pain Science and Society at MSc at Kings’ College London for several years.

Mick’s current research has several strands including; neuroimaging, computational neuroscience and both clinical trials and experimental pain research. He is involved in several art based projects focusing on pain. He has experience of both quantitative and qualitative methods and their application to clinical practice

Mick can be found on twitter @dibbygibby

The course

This course has now been re-planned and will be delivered online in a cohort virtual mixed delivery style.

You will have access to eight hours of recorded lectures and a further 12 hours of live discussion and protected q+a. The curriculum will be delivered across 8-weeks and you will have access to the recorded material for up to 1 year.

In addition to the online materials and discussions, we invite you to join our exclusive facebook group looking at the problem of pain through the lens of predictive processing. Expect challenging research, supportive discussions and the odd live with Mick himself.

Predictive processing is slowly trickling through the biological sciences, by joining this course, you are ensuring that your knowledge is up-dated in-line with the science as it 'currently stands'. This course will help you to understand the model of PP meaning that you will be able to continue following the discussion as it continues to develop with every year of new discovery.

We want you to enjoy the learning and find a community of like-minded clinicians.

Dates to put in your diary:

Access to the online teaching and materials will be granted on 01.09.21 and will last for one year.

Discussion dates and times (all given in UK time):

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