Invited Faculty
  • Manuel Martinez-Lavin
    Nat'l Institute of Cardiology Mexico
  • Dr. Martinez-Lavin obtained his Medical Doctor degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He did his Internal Medicine training at St. Louis University in Missouri USA. He was designated Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at the St. Louis City Hospital. His formal Rheumatology training took place at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla California. He is certified as Internist and as Rheumatologist by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also certified by the Mexican Council of Internal Medicine and the Mexican Council of Rheumatology.
    After finishing his post-graduate training in the USA, Dr. Martinez-Lavin returned to his native Country Mexico to work at the National Cardiology Institute. He developed a formal Clinical Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program, sponsored by the National Autonomous University. This Rheumatology fellowship program has graduated 146 Clinical Fellows from Mexico, South American and Spain.
    His research group first described the following fibromyalgia pathogenetic features.
    • Stress as key driving force.
    • Autonomic dysfunction using heart rate variability analyses.
    • Genetic alterations of COMT enzyme and adrenergic receptors.
    • Norepinephrine-evoked pain.
    • Fibromyalgia as a sympathetically-maintained neuropathic pain syndrome.
    • Small fiber neuropathy using corneal confocal microscopy.
    • Dorsal root ganglia as the key site where stress becomes neuropathic pain.
    • Complexity science paradigms to untangle fibromyalgia conundrum.
    • Fibromyalgia in Frida Kahlo’s life and art.
    Research & Clinical Focus

    Fibromyalgia, small fiber neuropathy, dorsal root ganglia, dysautonomia, sympathetic pain

  • Date Time Room Session Title Lecture Title
    May 20 10:30-11:00 Room Grand Ballroom 103 [International Symposium 6] The Evolution of Fibromyalgia, its Concepts, and Treatment Fibromyalgia, how stress becomes neuropathic pain