Monthly Archives: June 2017


10th Annual Pediatric Pain Master Class in Minneapolis, MN (June 17-23, 2017)

 Further updates on Twitter @NoNeedlessPain [with the hashtag #PedsPMC]

 Dear Participants and Faculty of the 10th Pediatric Pain Master Class,

We are looking forward to welcome you to the groovy Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul – a great place to explore which has something for just about everyone. If you arriving early (or stay longer), here are a few things to do (our personal favorites).

FUN FACTS about Minneapolis/St. Paul:

  • Minneapolis = City of 10 Lakes (& 187 parks!); 3.5 million people in metro area
  • Most theater seats after New York City
  • America’s most literate city
  • Minnesota home to 19 Fortune 500 companies, more than any other state
  • Hosts the biggest tourist attraction in US: the biggest shopping mall in USA
  • Most boat owners in any state
  • Snowy winter, groovy spring, summer & fall
  • More coastline than Florida, California and Hawaii together



Enjoy the Lakes: (Lake-of-the-Isles, Lake Calhoun, and Lake Harriet)

  • Bring your running shoes or roller blades to take advantage of greenway/grand rounds. This is a system of paved paths that are for walkers, bikers, and “bladders”.
  • There are several beaches Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, if you want to go for a swim
  • Rent a bicycle: “Nice Ride” all over town at several places (or at hotel or 1622 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408-2549; (612) 827-8231  )
  • Rent a boat, canoe, sailing boat (Behind: Tin Fish Restaurant,, 3000 East Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55408-2540)
  • A nice bicycle tour (surrounding 3 lakes, around 16 miles) would be: Downtown -> Walker Art museum/sculpture garden -> Lake of the Isles -> Lake Calhoun -> Lake Harriet -> Lake Calhoun -> Lake of the Isles -> downtown; (or you take taxi/bus to the lakes and start there)
  • A shorter bike ride would be going around one of the lakes (about 11 miles from Downtown à Lake Calhoun à Downtown)
  • Eating at the lakes: Enjoy a cold beverage and fish tacos on the water at either of these tried-and-true Minneapolis hot spots: Tin Fish, on Lake Calhoun:, 3000 East Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55408-2540) or Bread & Pickle, on Lake Harriet:

Enjoy the Mississippi:

The Mississippi originates in Minnesota and there are many ways to enjoy the river. From downtown, you can cross the First Avenue bridge (made famous by our late Prince, a Minnesota native) and wander through St. Anthony main, a cute cobble-stone downtown with shops and restaurants. You could also walk across the stone arch bridge, a pedestrian bridge behind the architectural award-winning Guthrie Theatre (make sure to go inside, take the escalator upstairs and enjoy view on the outside balcony (free).

  • The closest walking/jogging loop from the Marquette hotel would be: north to the Mississippi River on Nicolette Mall (or Marquette, if too much construction), turn right and follow the river, follow stone arch bridge and cross the Mississippi, turn left and follow the river, turn left on Nicolette Island, cross river at Hennepin Bridge, turn left at river, return to your hotel on Nicolette Mall (or Marquette)


  • Walker Art Center is within walking distance of downtown. The Walker is one of the leading contemporary art museums in the US. The Walker Sculpture Garden is the place to see the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture as well as Frank Gehry’s crystal fish sculpture. Admission is free on Thursdays and the sculpture garden is always free.
  • Minneapolis Mill City Museum (actually very well done) is another museum within walking distance of downtown.       This is next to the Guthrie theater (you can & should [!] walk inside for free to have a view from the “Skyway to nowhere” on the Mississippi; on Saturdays Farmers Market
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art: pretty cool
  • Weisman Art Museum – groovy architecture by Frank Gehry

SPORTS: Minneapolis/St. Paul is home major league Football, Basketball, Hockey & Baseball – with the Twins (baseball) Stadium only a few minutes away from our conference venue. There may even be time one evening to catch a game. The Twin’s stadium is walking distance from downtown. You can also rent a Nice Ride bike and take it over there.


  • Target has their flagship store on 900 Nicolette Mall (one block away from the Marquette hotel)
  • Whole Foods Market: 222 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN
  • Lunds & Byerlys Hennepin (another large grocery store): 1201 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN


  • The Guthrie Theater – exciting architecture, good food (Sea Change) and plays
  • Minnesota Orchestra Hall


Many restaurants in walking distance to the Marquette Hotel – many good ones on Nicolette Mall (unfortunately major construction on this otherwise fun street) between 11th and 7th Street: Here are some of our favorites:

  • Brit’s Pub & Eating (incl. rooftop): Casual dining, burgers, sandwiches and British classics like fish ‘n chips, beers. Roof top patio with lawn bowling! 1110 Nicollet Mall
  • Zelo; Comfortable and elegant atmosphere, fine cuisine, patio. Panera Bread, . Casual, cafeteria style dining. Soups, salads, sandwiches and sweets. 831 Nicollet Mall
  • Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant; American Cuisine, world class jazz, great patio with happy hour food/ drink specials and great burgers too.1010 Nicollet Mall
  • The Local, 10th and Nicollet. Irish pub, with typical pub fare, patio
  • McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, 9th and Nicollet Mall. Casual, seafood, steaks, etc., patio dining available
  • Bombay Bistro, 820 Marquette. Cozy and east Indian décor, classis Indian cuisine, lots of vegetarian options. Moderate prices
  • Whole Foods, 222 Hennepin. A national healthy-food chain that also has food-to-go and cafeteria style eating.       Great place for good food ,that is faster than a sit down restaurant.

Bit further, still walking distance (or short ride):

Warehouse District – a bit rough (for Minnesota), very hip

  • 112 Eatery: Creative comfort food, chef is newest James Beard award winner. A tiny place, prepare to wait, but worth it!112 N Third St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
  • Spoon and Stable: 211 North First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
  • Bar La Grassa: Modern Italian with a twist, lots of small plates, pasta and imaginative entrees. Voted best new restaurant in 2010. Chef is new James Beard award winner. Nice bar, and you can eat there. Look for the sign of the three crowns. 800 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (8th St)
  • Borough: 730 North Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN
  • Dancing Ganesha, 1100 Harmon Place. Great Indian food in a modern, casual setting, full bar. Moderate prices.

Loring Park

  • Bar Lurcat: Casual, modern American fare. Small plates and entrees, bar and restaurant seating, lovely patio garden. Overlooks Walker Sculpture Garden and Loring Park.

Dining – Quick Taxi-Ride away

Uptown Minneapolis

Funky restaurants & shops, walking distance to Lake Calhoun includes my favorite used/antique/new book store (it’s pretty large in the back) 3038 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis

Nice restaurants in Uptown include

  • Lucia’s. A local favorite, featuring local, organic and sustainable ingredients, well prepared, and presented. Beer/ wine.
  • Barbette’s
  • Famous Dave’s (truly American!)
  • Chino Latino. An homage to street foods of the world, boisterous and energetic atmosphere.
  • Stella’s Fish Café. Contemporary seafood, casual, rooftop dining bar/ lounge.

“Eat Street”

  • Restaurant Alma, 528 University. Among the best restaurants in the Twin Cities, finely crafted creative cuisine featuring local, seasonal and organic ingredients. 3 Course Tasting Menu and 4 course vegetarian tasting menu available
  • St. Paul, Black Dog:

  We hope that keeps you busy until Saturday, during your sty, and afterwards


Cheryl, Kavita & Stefan


Can’t wait??? Preparing for Pain Master Class?

If you are bored during the flight (or have any trouble falling asleep tonight) – here are three recent articles, which might interest you in preparation for the master class:

  1. Friedrichsdorf SJ (2016): Prevention and Treatment of Pain in Hospitalized Infants, Children, and Teenagers: From Myths and Morphine to Multimodal Analgesia. In: Pain 2016: Refresher Courses. 16th World Congress on Pain. Claudia L. Sommer, Mark S. Wallace, Steven P. Cohen, and Michaela Kress, editors. International Association for the Study of Pain, IASP Press, Washington, D.C. pp 309-19
  2. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Giordano J, Desai-Dakoji K, Warmuth A, Daughtree C, Schulz C: Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: Diagnosis and Treatment of Primary Pain Disorders in Head, Abdomen, Muscles and Joints. Children 2016. 3(4):42
  3. Friedrichsdorf SJ, Eull D, Weidner C. A Children’s Comfort Promise: how can we do everything possible to prevent and treat pain in children using quality improvement strategies?Pediatric Pain Letter 2016;18(3):26-30.

Here are some movie/media links you may want to check out:

  • Thanks to Leora Kuttner, PhD who gave us private access to her award-winning film “No Fears, No Tears 13 Years Later”, on the long-term benefits on children and teens of an integrated pain management. A great orientation to this course. Made available only for Pain Master Class Participants & strongly recommended:

In addition, you may want to look at these short clips/media:

  • The New York Times (Dec 16, 2015) essay by Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf “When a Baby Dies”

  • Video: Kiran Stordalen and Horst Rechelbacher Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Clinic Tour 
  • Video: Tour of the Kiran Stordalen and Horst Rechelbacher Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Clinic at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and an overview of the three programs that are offered at Children’s under this clinic.
  • Short Movie: LittleStarsFilm ‘Kali’s Story – Beyond the NICU’: This amazing pediatric palliative care short movie (7 min) features 8-year-old Kali’s journey at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota from NICU to today, receiving care by the Pain & Palliative & Integrative Medicine program while inpatient, in the clinic, and at home (Jan 22, 2015)