Furthering Rehabilitation in a New World: Patient Profiling as Pain Biomarkers

During this session, participants will be acquainted to the context of chronic pain in global health; understand the role of pain biomarkers in patient profiling at the peripheral and spinal levels; associate physiophatological mechanisms and physical findings and be introduced to novel neurophysiological biomarkers relevant to chronic pain, especially in people with knee osteoarthritis.


Marta Imamura, MD PhD is Associate Professor at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, Department of Legal Medicine, Medical Ethics, Social and Work Medicine, Discipline of Disability and Impairment: Functional Assessment in Rehabilitation. Dr Imamura received her medical degree at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine in São Paulo, Brazil in 1987. She specialized in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine after completing a three-year residency programme at University of São Paulo School of Medicine (1988-1990) in 1990. She received her master and doctorate degree at the same University in 1994 and in 1998 respectively.

Her research focuses on functional assessment and rehabilitation management of chronic disabling pain. She is member of the Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center for Rehabilitation. Prof Imamura coordinates the medical undergraduate Rehabilitation discipline in the core curriculum at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine and the post-graduation disciplines entitled “Functional Assessment in Rehabilitation” and “Clinical Trials Designs in Rehabilitation Research”. She is currently the Associate Editor of the Acta Fisiatrica Journal. Prof Imamura has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. She has served as President of the Brazilian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for two consecutive terms: 2008-2010, 2010-2012. Dr Imamura has also served as President of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in 2012-2014.

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