#IASAT2019 – Linköping, Sweden

Following on from the 2015 conference hosted by the SomAffect lab at LJMU, this year’s IASAT conference was hosted by our colleagues at the GRASP lab at Linköping University.

A number of SomAffect members attended, and presented:

Professor Francis McGlone chaired the 1st session – The “C Story: Pain, Itch & Pleasure”, introducing the three C fibres, and highlighting that these fibres do not operate in isolation. He called for the three international societies for Pain, Itch & Affective Touch to recognise each other, and collaborate.

Adarsh Makdani presented a talk on Itch, highlighting the relevance of itch, the peripheral mechanisms, and suggested that scratching should be considered an “Affective Touch”. He also presented data collected during his PhD, looking at the peripheral mechanisms of Itch in a rare case-study subject.

Dr. Andrew Marshall presented in the 2nd session, giving an overview of the spinal cord mechanisms of pain, itch, and pleasant touch & highlighting data collected at The Walton Centre, looking at the spinal cord projection of C fibres in a rare cohort of patients.

Dr. Paula Trotter was awarded a prize for her Data Blitz presentation, highlighting new research into touch perception in foster-care leavers. This data was collected as part of an undergraduate dissertation by LJMU students Shaunna Devine & Elizabeth Stockton; Shaunna presented a poster on the research at the conference.

The team were very happy to be a part of an excellent programme of speakers & presenters. More details can be found on the IASAT website.