The limits of pain and how to cope with depression

27 – 30 June 2012   print this page

Course directors:

Veljko Đorđević, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Marijana Braš, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Lukasz Konopka, Loyola Medicine Center, Chicago, United States
Rudolf Likar, General Hospital Klagenfurt, Austria
Patricia Scherer, International Centre on Deafness and the Arts, Chicago, United States

Course description:


* Neurobiology of pain

* Person centered pain management

* Communication skills

* Cancer pain - how to provide optimal management of "total pain"

* Pharmacotherapy in pain management

* Psychological approaches in pain management


Registration fees / price per person / rates include VAT / rates given in Croatian kunas and EUR:


Until and on 18 May 2012

KN. 2.250,00

EUR 300

From 19 May 2012

KN. 2.625,00

EUR 350

SPECIJALIZANT / RESIDENTS (proof of status needed upon registration)

Until and on 18 May 2012

KN. 1.500,00

EUR 200

From 19 May 2012

KN. 1.875,00

EUR 250

MEDICINSKA SESTRA / NURSE (proof of status needed upon registration)

Until and on 18 May 2012

KN. 1.125,00

EUR 150

From 19 May 2012

KN. 1.500,00

EUR 200

* Kotizacija uključuje: prisustvovanje programu tečaja 28.-30.06.2012., welcome cocktail 27.06.2012., zajednička večera 29.06.2012., potvrda IUC-a o sudjelovanju na tečaju, pauze za kavu i ručkovi 28.-30.06.2012.

* Registration fee includes: course attendance 28.-30.06.2012., welcome cocktail 27.06.2012., get-together dinner 29.06.2012., IUC certificate, coffee breaks and lunches 28.-30.06.2012.

Dear participants,

Three days is not much, but during that time you will be part of small international scientific and clinical family. Modern medicine is characterized by rapidly increased medical knowledge. But, do we treat patients as persons and not merely as an object with a disease? Today, the modern technological aspects of medicine have made it challenging to bring about humane medicine. How can we use biomedical view and not forget the patient’s own view of his or her condition and the context in which the disease develops, while taking into account the most recent scientific knowledge? Are we able to change our perspective within this patient-physician relationship and focus on stimulating healthy and creative forces in our patients that are so important for their coping with disease, maintaining hope, fighting for life and not giving up? An effort must be made to provide patients with the best human healthcare and empathy as possible, especially in palliative medicine and chronic pain management. An essential component of medicine has always been caring for the patient. It seems that as a physician’s ability to cure disease has increased, the capacity for caring has lessened, although sometimes caring is more important than curing. Empathic listening by a healthcare professional involves an understanding of the patient’s illness and unique vulnerabilities. An understanding of the mind-body relationship must be appreciated as well. An ill person and a healthcare professional walk together and grow together. The stronger and more open their trust relationship, the better, faster, and more efficient the outcome. The treatment process exists only while the trust relationship exists.

Hope you will enjoy the course and beautiful Dubrovnik!

Course lecturers:

Marijana Braš, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Veljko Đorđević, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Lovorka Brajković, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Josip Lopižić, General Hospital Dubrovnik, Croatia
Branka Kandić - Splavski, Health Center Osijek, Croatia
Dinko Lupi, Croatia
Antonija Živković, General Hospital Dubrovnik, Croatia
Vedrana Iveta, General Hospital Dubrovnik, Croatia
Fabrizio La Mura, Italy

Work Schedule:


Inter University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik (Croatia)

27 - 30 June 2012

27 June 2012 – Wednesday

19:00-19:45 WELCOME COCKTAIL at IUC (depending on weather conditions: Atrium or inside)

28 June 2012 - Thursday


Pain and Pleasure (Bridge or Gap) – Veljko Djordjevic

Person and Pain – Marijana Bras

Pain: The Journey from Illness through Health to Goodness and Hope – Slobodan Lang

Spirituality and Pain – Antonija Zilkovic, rev. Iko Skoko

13:15 LUNCH at Poklisar Restaurant (10 min. walk from IUC, at the Old City Port)

Free time

17:00-20:00 SYMPOSIUM: Person in Medicine and Healthcare – from Bench to Bedside to Community (Public Library-Mirrors Hall, address: Ulica od puca 6, 20000 Dubrovnik)


Moderator: Veljko Djordjevic

Doctor-Patient Relationship and Person-Centred Medicine - Marijana Bras

Communication Skills Training in Medical Practice – Lovorka Brajkovic

Learning and Mental Health through Neuroestetics – Patricia Scherer

Palliative Care Networks- from Theory to Practice – Fabrizio La Mura

Palliative Care and Pain Management in Dubrovnik County – Nada John, Ante Crncevic

Search from Health to Goodness – Slobodan Lang

29 June 2012 - Friday


Pain and Sexuality – Lovorka Brajkovic

Pharmacotherapy of Pain – Mato Devcic

Psychosocial Approaches in Oncology and Palliative Medicine – Josip Lopusic, Branka Kandic-Splavski

Neuroestetics – Patricia Scherer

18:00-19:30 WORKING GROUP

How to make pain and palliative care network? – Fabrizio la Mura and colleagues form Dubrovnik County

30 June 2012 - Saturday


Modern Concept of Depression – Davor Grilec

Can we change ourselves to be better persons? – Veljko Djordjevic