Kirsty Bannister – Designing New Treatments for Pain


‘The reality of discovering novel and effective pain-relieving treatments through performing bench to beside translational research’

We are SO excited to welcome Dr. Kirsty Bannister to Le Pub

Kirsty will be talking about the reality of discovering novel and effective pain-relieving treatments through her research.



About this event

Chronic pain affects up to 20% of the adult population and can occur in the presence or absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. ‘Nothing is more unique than our experience of pain and the idea that the same stimulus could evoke a different pain sensation in different individuals has always fascinated me’.

‘There have been great improvements in our understanding of pain physiology and pathophysiology over the years, but why hasn’t this translated to a met clinical analgesic need? By discussing the ways in which we currently assess nociception and pain in non-human and human experimental models, we will slowly unravel the intricacies and challenges of treating persistent pain in varied patient groups’.

Dr. Kirsty Bannister

Kirsty Bannister is a Lecturer in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Guy’s campus, King’s College London. Kirsty does research in neuropharmacology.

Kirsty leads the Bannister lab group, where she focuses on the biological, pharmacological and anatomical basis of pain pathways and their plasticity in chronic pain states. Modules that she teaches on include Physiology and Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System, Pharmacology of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders, Core Year One Fundamentals of Pharmacology, and Neuroscience.