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Nadine Attal trained for her MD at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, which she obtained in 1990 (neurology) and obtained her PhD in neurosciences from the Paris VI University in 1994. She specialised in neurology and pain, and since 1996 her scientific research has focused primarily on neuropathic pain. She is associate professor of therapeutics, a member of the U 987 INSERM Research Unit on pain (dir D. Bouhassira) and is in charge of the clinical pain center in Ambroise Pare hospital (Boulogne, France). Dr Attal has authored over 120 refereed journal articles, more than 50 book chapters and coordinated books on neuropathic pain. She recently co-chaired the NeuPSIG (neuropathic pain special interest group of the IASP) guidelines on pharmacotherapy of neuropathic pain. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the IASP, the American Pain Society, the French Society on Pain and the French Society of Neurology. Dr Attal has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the IASP, EFIC and NeuPSIG congresses, has chaired the scientific committee of the last Neupsig congress in Nice, France (2014) and has served on the NeuPSIG Management Committee.