“Management of Non-odontogenic Facial Pain”

Our annual Spring Scientific Meeting takes place this March at our regular venue – the beautiful Institution of Civil Engineers in Westminster. This elegant and historical building was built between 1910 and 1913 and is located opposite St James’ Park in Central London. The nearest underground station is Westminster, under 5 minutes walk away.

Saturday 16th March 2019
One Great George Street, Westminster, London


Friday 15th March  

8.00 pm: Informal Dinner at One Whitehall Place, Westminster

Saturday 16th March

9.00 – 9.30: Registration and Coffee

09.30 – 10.00: Welcome and Presidential Address by Mr Mark Hunter, BES President

10.00 – 11.00: Update on classification of orofacial pain and implications for management – Peter Svensson, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark DDS, PhD, Dr.Odont. Odont. Dr. (h.c.), R.

11.00– 11.30: Coffee, trade exhibition and poster display featuring entries for the BES Poster Prize

11.30 – 12.30:Trigeminal neuropathic pain – mechanisms and management – Lene Baad-Hansen, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark, DDS, PhD, Dr. Odont

12.30 – 13.50:Lunch, trade exhibition and poster display

13.20 – 13.50:BES AGM

13.50 – 14.00: BES prize presentations

14.00 – 15.00: Temporomandibular disorders and headaches – clinical presentations and diagnostic guidelines – Peter Svensson, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark DDS, PhD, Dr.Odont. Odont. Dr. (h.c.), R.

15.00– 15.30: Refreshments and trade exhibition

15.30 – 16.30: Persistent idiopathic dentoalveolar pain – importance of psychosocial assessment – Lene Baad-Hansen, Associate Professor Aarhus University, Denmark, DDS, PhD, Dr. Odont

16.30: Close and tea


Professor Peter Svensson: Professor and Head Section of Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function, Aarhus University Denmark

Dr Lene Baad-Hansen: Associate Professor in the same department and affiliated to the Scandinavian Centre for Orofacial Neurosciences

Lene Baad-Hansen, DDS, PhD, Dr. Odont

Lene Baad-Hansen (LBH) is associate professor at the Section of Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function and deputy head of the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health at Aarhus University, Denmark. LBH graduated dental school in Aarhus in 1996, where she, after 6 years of working in a private dental office, started her PhD studies. The PhD degree was obtained in 2006 and in 2016, she earned the highest Danish academic degree, the Dr. Odont.

LBH´s research has focused mainly on understanding the mechanisms behind chronic idiopathic and neuropathic orofacial pain conditions. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters. She serves as an expert consultant regarding medicolegal matters, especially related to patient injuries by dental treatments. She is currently the President-elect of the Special Interest Group for Orofacial Pain and Headache under the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Trigeminal neuropathic pain – mechanisms and management

Aims and objectives:

Trigeminal neuropathic pain conditions are important differential diagnoses when dealing with pain in the dentoalveolar region and in the orofacial region in general. This presentation will begin with touching upon the pathophysiological mechanisms behind neuropathic pain conditions and then move into diagnosis and management strategies.

Persistent idiopathic dentoalveolar pain – importance of psychosocial assessment

Aims and objectives:

The idiopathic orofacial pain conditions are complex and often difficult to diagnose and manage and may severely impact the quality of life of the patient as well as the care-givers involved. This talk will present important tools for identification and evaluation of such patients and give recommendations for management strategies.

Peter Svensson, DDS, PhD, Dr.Odont. Odont. Dr. (h.c.), R.

Graduated from the School of Dentistry, University of Aarhus 1987 (DDS). Earned his Ph.D. degree in 1993 and Doctor of Odontology (Dr.Odont) in 2000 at University of Aarhus. Post-doc stay University of Michigan 1995-1996, visiting scientist University of Adelaide 2000, visiting professor University of British Columbia 2007, visiting professor University of Sydney 2009. In 2001 promoted to full professor and chairman of Department of Clinical Oral Physiology. Clinical consultant at Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Aarhus University Hospital in 2002-2014 and consultant at Danish Headache Center, University of Copenhagen in 2005-2014. Appointed honorary adjunct professor at Aalborg University in 2005-2010. Adjunct professor at Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience 2009-2013. Appointed visiting professor and honorary director of Sino-Denmark Orofacial Pain and TMD Research Center at Nanjing Medical University 2011-2019. Knighted by the Danish Queen (Ridder af Dannebrog) 2011. Honorary doctor (Odont. Dr. h.c.) Malmø University 2013. Appointed guest professor Department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet (2014-2019). Guest professor National University of Singapore (2016).

The research has focused on peripheral and central orofacial pain mechanisms, neuroplasticity, trigeminal motor physiology, brain imaging and temporomandibular disorders promoting the field of neuro-odontology in a physiological perspective. A total of 453 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals, 58 book chapters and published proceedings, 15 papers in national journals, and 18 editorials. H-index = 59 (Scopus – total citations > 17000; 29 papers cited > 100 times). Overall presented more than 300 lectures, talks and courses on orofacial pain mechanisms, brain imaging and TMD problems around the world.

Inventor of PalPeter – a simple mechanical device for palpation of muscles (Patent USPTO #61/293,299). Chairman of Academic Advisory Board for Sunstar Suisse.

Awarded the Codan Young Investigator Research Prize in 1995, the Strathmann Research Award in 1998, the Zendium-Hoogendoorn Award in 2000, Bagger-Soerensen Grant 2004, Ingeborg and Leo Dannin Award 2012 and the prestigious Bagger-Soerensen Senior Research Prize 2014. The IADR Neuroscience Senior Investigator Research Award 2015.

Editorial board member and reviewer for several international dental and neuroscience journals including Pain and Journal of Orofacial Pain. Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Oral Rehabilitation (2004-present). As editor-in-chief of Journal of Oral Rehabilitation organized JOR Summer Schools and Colloquiums in Bevagna 2005, 2006, Capri 2008, Sienna 2009, Xi’An 2011, Beijing, 2013, Chengdu 2014, Sao Paulo 2015, Beijing 2017, Nanjing 2017. Co-editor of textbook on Clinical Oral Physiology, Quintessence 2004. Guest editor Cephalalgia on special issue on Facial Pain (2017)

Supervised 35 completed Ph.D.-projects. Main supervisor of 1 ongoing Ph.D.-project and co-supervisor of 4 other ongoing Ph.D.-projects and has an extensive network of national (Danish Pain Research Center, Aarhus University Hospital; Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University; Danish Headache Center) and international collaborations (China, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Brazil, Chile).

Co-founder and steering committee member of Scandinavian Center for Orofacial Neurosciences (SCON) (2014). SCON is a brickless center with strong research collaborations between Aarhus University, Karolinska Institutet and Malmø University. For more info see: http://www.sconresearch.eu/

President of Special Interest Group on Orofacial Pain, International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) (2008-2010), President of International Consortium of Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD), International Association for Dental Research (IADR) (2010-2012). Member of IASP classification task force (2014-2018) and Scientific Program Committee (2017-2018).

Served as expert reviewer for Norwegian Research Council, Finish Research Council and Velux Foundation, Switzerland. Member of evaluation committees for various ph.d.-thesis, associate professor and professor positions nationally (Aarhus, Aalborg, Copenhagen) and internationally (UK, USA, Finland).

Update on classification of orofacial pain and implications for management

Very recently, important steps forward have been taken to better classify all types of pain including orofacial pain. Specific diagnostic criteria have been established and now allow a better clinical platform for treatment decision. The lecture aims to review the highlights in pain classification and illustrate the immediate implication for management in clinical practice.

Temporomandibular disorders and headaches – clinical presentations and diagnostic guidelines

Painful TMDs and certain types of headaches can be deceiving in clinical practice because the clinical presentation of pain may overlap with odontogenic types of pain. The lecture will discuss the significant neuroplasticity in the pain system in such conditions and present a differential diagnostic approach to guide correct management.


There has been no specific hotel accommodation arranged, however the hotel to be used by the Speakers is the Royal Horseguards Hotel, 2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ  Tel: 0207 437 4370 www.theroyalhorseguards.com   Other hotels in the area are the Westminster City Inn Tel 0207 630 1000 and the Crowne Plaza London St James Tel: 0207 834 6655.


If you are arriving in London on the Friday, you are welcome to join the Speakers and BES Council members for an informal Dinner in the River Room at One Whitehall Place, adjacent to the Royal Horseguards Hotel. The River Room offers views of the River Thames and the London Eye. The cost of the meal and wine is £70.00 per head to include VAT.


There will be a trade exhibition, featuring a selection of companies, in conjunction with the conference.


The meeting will qualify for 4.5 hours verifiable CPD in Development Outcome C


Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019, The Principal Hotel, Manchester

Booking will be open soon.