Robert H. LaMotte, Ph.D., is a professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Neuroscience at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA. He received a PhD in visual psychophysics at Kansas State University, USA, and pursued neurophysiological studies of touch and pain in the Department of Physiology, Johns Hopkins University, USA. Since 1977, his laboratory at Yale has focused on peripheral neural coding of the tactile perception of objects and sensations of pain and itch in animal models and humans.
Prof. Dr. Andrea W.W. Evers is professor of Health Psychology and chair of the Health-Medical-and-Neuropsychology-Unit at Leiden University, the Netherlands. After her PhD (cum laude), she obtained several grants and awards for excellent researchers (e.g. NWO-Veni-Vidi-Vici, ERC- Consolidator-Grant) for her innovative, interdisciplinary and translational research on psychoneurobiological mechanisms and treatments for chronic itch and pain. In 2019, she was elected as a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Science (KNAW) and received the Stevin Award, the highest award in the Netherlands for scientific research with societal impact. She published more than 200 international papers in her research field.