Associate Professor Gwyn Lewis
Neurophysiologist, Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, NZ 

Associate Professor Gwyn Lewis is a neurophysiologist based at AUT University’s North Shore Campus in Auckland. She obtained a PhD in motor control from the University of Auckland in 2003. Gwyn had an extended post-doctoral experience undertaking research in motor control, rehabilitation and neurophysiology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She currently spends half her time teaching in AUT’s physiotherapy programme and the other half undertaking pain research in the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute. Most of her research is in pain neurophysiology and how it relates to persistent pain development, efficacy of pain modulation pathways, and cognitive factors and psychosocial influences. 


The Science Behind the Pain Wave – Public Lecture
with Dr Jim Olsen, Specialist in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Waitemata DHB, Auckland, NZ

This talk will aim to help the understanding of those living with persistent pain. We will begin by looking at some of the latest science underlying our understanding of pain – what it is, why and how we feel it. We will discuss the mechanisms that drive pain and look at how in some people these may lead to problems of persistent or chronic pain.

Chronic pain is different from acute pain and that is often hard for people to understand. Its effect on people can be wide reaching and it may affect all areas of their lives and change who they are. Understanding and recognising this is important and may be one of the first steps in helping people to improve their quality of life.