LIBC Sylvius Lecture

Prof dr Lene Vase, Aarhus University
Placebo effects and expectations across therapeutic interventions

Date and time: 7 February 2018, 11.15am
Location: Leiden University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Pieter de la Court building, Wassenaarseweg 52, room 1A20

Placebo effects are well-documented in relation to pharmacological treatments but recently placebo effects have also been investigated in relation to psychological treatments, music therapy, acupuncture and surgical interventions. Across these therapeutic interventions large placebo effects have been documented and expectations of treatment effect appears to be a central to the placebo effect as well as to the efficacy of the active treatment. In this talk the conceptualization of placebo effects and expectations will be debated and it will be illustrated how different types of interventions can be placebo controlled and how that may help us better understand the factors that contribute to treatment efficacy.

Biosketch: Lene Vase received her PhD in experimental psychology in 2006 and she is currently a professor at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. Dr. Vase’s research focuses on how psychological interventions or dispositions may enhance or decrease the experience of pain with a special focus on placebo analgesia and nocebo hyperalgesia effects.

Recently, she has started to unravel how knowledge of placebo and nocebo mechanisms may improve the test of new treatments in Randomized Controlled Trials. Dr. Vase has published more than 60 papers and book chapters in high-ranking journals like Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and Pain, she has given more than 70 presentations at conferences world-wide and her work has received attention from national and international media. Dr. Vase has numerous international collaborations and she was awarded the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative grant EUROPAIN together with leading pain laboratories in the Europe. She is currently Associate Editor on PAIN and part of the steering committee for the Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies.

5th February 2018