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Gunn IMS Calendar of Events


Lectures regarding Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation are held annually during spring and/or fall term
Since pandemic, lectures have been held virtually and have experienced a significant increase in attendance.


University of British Columbia (Vancouver BC)
Host of the Annual UBC Chan Gunn Lecture

University of Washington (Seattle)
Host of the Annual Gunn-Loke Lecture



Historical lectures are posted HERE

Previous Events

See Videos for lecture recordings.


2019 Annual UBC Chan Gunn Lecture

University of British Columbia

Location: Rudy North Lecture Theatre, Lower Level

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Time: 5:30 - 7:30PM

Cory Choma, Lorrie Maffey, Susan Massitti

"Practical Application of Gunn IMS to Clinical Challenges"


Gunn Loke Lectures have been held since 1986 at the University of Washington (UW), in Seattle Washington, USA

UW Historical Search of all Gunn-Loke Lectures

Historical List of UW held Gunn-Loke Lectures since 1986 - PDF

34th Annual Gunn-Loke Lecture 

University of Washington

Location: Health Sciences Building Room T-747

Date: Tuesday October 29, 2019
Time: 5:30pm


Theodore J. Price, PhD

“Advances toward mechanism-based treatments
for chronic pain disorders” 



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33rd Annual Gunn-Loke Lecture with Dr. Helene Langevin

Sponsor: University of Washington
Date: October 23, 2018
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

Youtube Video

Speaker: Helene Langevin, MD (USA)
Senior Scientist at Harvard Medical School 


Dr. Langevin's extensive research career has been focused on mechanisms of pain relief derived from mechanical and intramuscular stimulation. Dr. Langevin has been the Principal Investigator of US National Institutes of Health-funded studies investigating the role of connective tissue in low back pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual and movement-based therapies. Her previous studies in humans and animal models have shown that mechanical tissue stimulation during both tissue stretch and acupuncture causes dynamic cellular responses in connective tissue. Her current work focuses on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue, and their relevance to chronic musculoskeletal pain and cancer-related pain.

Dr. Langevin is featured in this Deutsche Welle Documentary

"The mysterious world under the skin"

Youtube Video

Stretching, Connective Tissue, Chronic Pain, and Cancer

University of California Television (UCTV)

Dr. Helene Langevin explains the importance of connective tissue in the body and its link to the immune system. She talks about recent findings on the effects of stretching on inflammation and fibrosis and the the relevance of these findings to chronic pain and cancer. Langevin is the director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Series: "Integrative Medicine Today" [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 30714]

April 6, 2016

UCTV Video

Youtube Video

NIH names Dr. Helene Langevin director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
News Release: August 29, 2018

12th National Congress of SOFMMOO & 1st International SOFMMOO - FIMM - UEMMO Congress

October 11 - 14, 2018

Paris, France

Speaker: Dr. John Kent

iSTOP Member Profile & ISMM website

The Israeli Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine will be sending a group to Paris, France in October to deliver a workshop on CGIMS.
Dr. John Kent will be lecturing at a plenary session, and will have satellite workshops
for interested physicians from Europe.
In Israel, the ISMM has trained many instructors to provide courses throughout the country.

UEMMO Congress Details

International language tool tip:

Open link to browser in Google Chrome > mouse right click > select "translate to English"

ICMART-iSAMS World Congress 

Munich, Germany
September 7 – 9, 2018
Highlight Speaker: Dr. Ong Too (Malaysia)

STOP Member Profile

Too Ong is a consulting family physician in Malaysia and honorary fellow of the
Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain in Vancouver, BC  Canada.
As an experienced instructor and practitioner for Gunn IMS he founded the Chan Gunn Pain Center in Penang, Malaysia.
As a researcher, his main focus is Gunn IMS. 
Dr. Ong will be presenting the paper "Gunn IMS - Beyond Neuropathic Pain" in the ICMART-iSAMS World Congress


32nd Annual Gunn-Loke Endowed Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Kathleen Sluka (PT, PhD)

The 32nd Annual Gunn-Loke lecture was held December 5th at 5:00pm in T-625 at the University of Washington.
Dr. Sluka lecture was on: "Does exercise increase or decrease pain? Underlying mechanisms and clinical implications.”
To read more about Dr. Sluka, please visit her bio at the University of Iowa.

Bio Dr. Sluka


2017 Annual UBC - Chan Gunn Lecture

"GunnIMS - New Frontiers in Chronic Myofascial Pain and Central Sensitization: Integrating Advancements in the Pain Sciences with Evaluation and Treatment Strategies"

Speaker: Dr. Jay P. Shah - Profile
Published Works

When: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Where: University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
Life Sciences Institute - Lecture Theatre 001
2350 Health Sciences Mall

Refreshments: 5pm
Lecture 5:30 pm

Admission: Free

UBC Message:

On behalf of the UBC Faculty of Medicine and the Division of Sports Medicine, you are invited to the 2017 Annual UBC - Chan Gunn Lecture taking place on Thursday, November 30th from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

We are pleased to share that Dr. Jay Shah will be providing our keynote address entitled “GunnIMS - New Frontiers in Chronic Myofascial Pain and Central Sensitization: Integrating Advancements in the Pain Sciences with Evaluation and Treatment Strategies”

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5th Annual UBC Chan Gunn Lecture

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ UBC

Topic: Myofascial Trigger Points Sensitization & Chronic Pain

Date: Thursday, October 20

Time: 5:15 pm

Location: University of British Columbia (UBC)
Rudy North Lecture Theatre - Room 101, Lower Level
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

Dr. Jay Shah, physiatrist who works in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at NIH (National Institutes of Health) in Bethesda, Maryland. He has a practice using IMS and has some very good research that supports Gunn IMS.


Published Works



GunnIMS - Beyond Neuropathic Pain
October 22, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Ong Too
University of British Columbia
Michael Smith Laboratories Lecture Theatre
2185 East Mall, Vancouver BC
Way-finder Map

Parking available at the Health Sciences Parkade
This lecture is free to attend
Printable invitation PDF


Radiculo-Neuropathic-Myofascial Pain: Towards a Unified Field Theory of Pain

Speaker: Dr. Steve Goodman

October 23, 2014
University of British Columbia

PowerPoint Slides 
(2017 version)


Health Without Boundaries: Dr. Chan Gunn Pain Management
Sponsor: University of British Columbia
Speaker: Dr. David Kim, MD
Date: October 24, 2013

See all Videos

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