Message from the President
Dear members of IASP,
On May 1, IASP's Executive Committee had its last meeting at IASP headquarters on Queen Anne Avenue, Seattle. We had dinner with the staff to celebrate nearly 40 years of IASP in Seattle and to thank everyone for the extra effort that has been and will be needed during the months to come when the IASP secretariat will relocate to Washington, D.C.
Seattle is a beautiful city and the "birthplace" of IASP. Moving the IASP office to another city that would be easier to access from most parts of the world, that would be home to other scientific organizations, and where it would be easier to hire new staff to the growing association, has been discussed several times in the past. This possibility was considered again with utmost care. Several cities, some outside the USA, were assessed and Washington, D.C., was identified as the best choice. It hosts many well-known scientific organizations, among others the Society for Neurosci More >
|From the Secretariat
IASP insight Published
The first edition of IASP insight, IASP's new printed magazine for members, is on its way to members this month. Published twice a year (June and December), the new magazine includes in-depth features and updates about IASP, chapters, and members. The magazine is also available to read on the IASP website at www.iasp-pain.org/insight. The Newsletter Advisory Board, led by Editor-in-Chief Beverly Collett, MBBS (UK), seeks your feedback and submission queries for the new publication. Please email your comments and ideas to email@example.com.
Apply now for these career opportunities in the field of pain:
- Post-doctoral Researcher in Computational Neuroscience of Pain (Japan)
- Director, Pain Management Center (USA)
|World Congress on Pain
Plan Your Trip to the Milan Congress
Excitement is building for the start of the 14th World Congress on Pain, featuring a stimulating scientific program, an informative commercial exhibition, and more than 2,000 poster presentations highlighting the latest in pain research. Beautiful Milan, Italy, serves as the backdrop for the Congress, sharing worldly treasures, such as "The Last Supper," the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum, and nearby Lake Como.
Congress attendees prepare for their trips to Milan, many with goals of maximizing their time to see the sights and experience the history the city has to offer. To assist in this effort, IASP has compiled a handy reference page on the Congress website. More >
IASP to Recognize New Honorary Members
Attend the IASP General Assembly at the 14th World Congress on Pain to congratulate our five newest honorary members, Pongparadee Chaudakshetrin, MD, Jonathan Dostrovsky, PhD, Kathleen Foley, MD, Ji-Sheng Han, MD, and Olaitan Alice Soyannwo, MBBS, MMed. Honorary membership, IASP's highest honor, acknowledges the achievement and commitment of IASP members and thanks them for their efforts to improve the association. The IASP General Assembly will be held from 16:00-17:00 on Thursday, August 30, in the Gold Room of the Milano Convention Centre.
First Philip A. Spiegel Trainee Named
Dina Juarez-Salinas is the recipient of the first Philip A. Spiegel IASP Congress Trainee Scholarship. In 2011, IASP and the friends and family of Philip A. Spiegel – a young medical researcher and IASP member who died on December 22, 2010 – established this scholarship in honor of Spiegel, who suffered from complex regional pain syndrome and was planning to enter medical school to study pain management. The Spiegel Scholarship will be awarded during the Plenary Lecture on Tuesday, August 28, from 08:30-09:45 in the Gold Room of the Milano Convention Centre. More >
McMaster University Seeks Clinical Participants
McMaster University is conducting a study of a new information service for evidence-based pain management that offers:
Research staff pre-assessed all citations in Pain PLUS for quality, and practicing clinicians rated citations for clinical relevance and interest. A wide range of publications from multiple disciplines are surveyed. More >
- A searchable database of the best evidence from the health care literature
- An email alerting system
- Links to selected evidence-based resources
New Interviews on Pain Research Forum
Read about what IASP members and other leaders in the field are working on and thinking about in the Pain Research Forum, which features Questions and Answers (Q&As) with its science advisors. What do they find exciting about their own work and that of others? What questions require the attention of those who work in the field? What papers or books should all well-rounded pain researchers read? Find the answers to these questions and more. Featuring the unique perspectives of 11 of the world's leading experts on pain, the Q&As provide a snapshot of the current state of pain research, and a vision of where the pain field needs to go to more effectively address the burden of chronic pain. More >
Registration Open for ACTTION Workshop
The agenda and registration information for the 2nd Scientific Workshop of the Analgesic Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks (ACTTION) public-private partnership are now available on the ACTTION website (www.acttion.org). The workshop will be held October 24-26, 2012, at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland. The theme of the conference is "Preclinical and Clinical Models and Methods for Accelerating Analgesic Drug Discovery and Development," and keynote presentations will be delivered by Drs. Bob Rappaport (FDA, USA), Janet Woodcock (FDA, USA), and Clifford Woolf (Harvard University, USA). More >
July 11-13, 2012, Caracas, Venezuela
"Dolor Agudo," VI Venezuelan Congress on Pain. Organized by the Asociacion Venezolana para el Estudio del Dolor (IASP chapter). Info: AVED, Calle Elice. Residencias Chacao. Piso 2. Apto. 20, Urbanizacion Chacao, Caracas, 1060 Venezuela. (Tel/Fax: (58)212-264-6080; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web: www.aved.org) More >
|Grants and Awards
IASP Collaborative Grants Awarded
The IASP Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group announced 2012 winners of the three types of collaborative grants program. In total, seven grants were awarded. We congratulate the following researchers and are looking forward to learning of the results of their collaboration: More >
Grant Finances Multimodal Study of Pain Project
Lorenzo Fabrizi, PhD, of University College, London (UK), recently completed a research project, "A multimodal approach to the study of pain in non-verbal individuals," for which he received an IASP Early Career Research Grant. This grant program, awarded by IASP annually, supports a researcher who is in the early career stage of pain investigations. Characterized as a difficult clinical challenge, assessment of pain in non-verbal individuals usually relies only on behavioral observations. However, a more comprehensive picture of the pain experience becomes available if information from behavior, physiology, and brain activity is integrated. More >
Visiting Professor Lectures in China
On March 10, 2012, funded by the IASP Developing Countries Pain Education Project, University of Iowa College of Nursing Professor and Associate Dean Keela Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FAAN (USA), lectured at Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China. Li Li, MSN, RN, organized this follow-up lecture for the IASP project, a geriatric pain education program for Chinese primary health care providers. More >
Integration Is Theme of Australian Pain Meeting
The 2012 Australian Pain Society met in Melbourne April 1-4, for its 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, featuring a range of international and national invited speakers and topical sessions around a theme of integration. Effort was made to introduce some discussions relating to practical issues of pain practice, from dealing with distressed clients to government and compensable systems. Well-attended preconference workshops highlighted the multidisciplinary nature of the scientific meeting, and included a Consumer Forum in association with Arthritis Victoria, an Acute Pain Day (with input from the Victorian Pain Nurses coalition), a Fundamentals of Pain Management Day, and the annual meeting of the Australian Chapter of the International Neuromodulation Society. More >
China Begins Fight Against Pain
The 2012 National March Against Pain held by the Chinese Association for the Study of Pain (CASP) started on April 13, 2012 in Chong Ming, Shanghai. The nationwide March against Pain will run in 15 to 20 major cities in China this year, to communicate the causes, prevention, methods, and treatments of chronic pain and intractable pain and its harm to the body. This year's march focuses on neuropathic pain. The first, second and last station of the march will be held in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing, the largest three cities of China, respectively. Both clinical doctors dealing with chronic pain and university researchers on chronic pain will take part.
Behind the Book: Pain Comorbidities
IASP Press will soon release Pain Comorbidities: Understanding and Treating the Complex Patient, an in-depth analysis of complex clinical situations involving multiple concurrent diseases, edited by Maria Adele Giamberardino, MD (Italy), and Troels Staehelin Jensen, MD, DMSc (Denmark). In the following Q&A, the editors discuss their new book, which reviews the clinical presentation and management of interactions among medical conditions including myofascial pain, headache, fibromyalgia, visceral pain, hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis, low back pain, obesity, depression, and anxiety. More >
Dues Renewal Reminder
Online renewal is possible now for members with anniversary dates of January 2012 through November 2012. There is no need to wait for a dues notice; you may renew anytime. Those who renew now will be eligible to attend the World Congress on Pain at a substantial savings.
When you renew, an automatic receipt will be sent to you. If you do not receive your receipt in a timely manner, please contact IASP Member Services at email@example.com and we will send one to you. If your anniversary date was December 2011, January 2012, or February 2012, and you are unable to access your record online because your membership has lapsed, please email Member Services to renew.
New Book by Member
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents
By Tonya M. Palermo, PhD
April 2012, Oxford University Press
Scottish Pain Research Community (SpaRC) Meets
The second SPaRC Annual Scientific Meeting was held in Dundee on March 29 featuring IASP President Eija Kalso, MD DMedSci (Finland) and Beverly Collett, MBBS (UK) as keynote speakers. Medical students and professors presented research papers, with work ranging from mitochondrial oxidative stress to gabapentin abuse. The Knowledge Network website posted full details of the abstracts, as well as how to join the Scottish research community. The next annual meeting will be March 28, 2013.
Jerome Mark Sampson, MD, JD
Gainesville, Florida, USA
We are pleased to welcome 738 new members from 63 countries to IASP. This list is alphabetical by country and includes the period between February 1 and April 1, 2012. You will need to log in to your IASP account to view the names. More >
|Global Year Against Pain
IASP, IHS Organize Joint Headache Symposium
For the first time, IASP is joining forces with the International Headache Society (IHS) to organize a joint symposium on headache. The symposium will be held in Hamburg, Germany, on October 5-7, 2012. This wraps up the 2011-2012 Global Year Against Headache by encouraging young scientists to get involved, offering invaluable networking opportunities, and cementing the collaborative relationship between IASP and IHS. Featuring renowned headache experts from around the world, this symposium promises to be essential for anyone interested in the study and treatment of headache. For more information, please contact organizer Karin Schilling (firstname.lastname@example.org) or view the symposium program.
New Global Year Materials
To raise awareness of cluster headaches, Al.Ce. Cluster Europa produced an abstract video and distributed a poster in support of the Global Year Against Headache. Learn more at the CIRNA Foundation website: www.cefalea.it.
The official Global Year Against Headache poster is also now available in Japanese! Visit the Global Year Resources page to download a copy for yourself in Japanese, French, Italian, or English.
Cuba Chapter Focuses on Headache
The Cuban Association for the Study and Treatment of Pain hosted its third thematic colloquium during the week of April 23-27, 2012. Dedicated to the Global Year Against Headache, the colloquium focused for the first three days on practical training, such as how to conduct consultations with patients experiencing pain, and conversations with anesthesiology residents who spend two months of their internships on the study and treatment of the pain. Over the course of the last two days, 16 lecturers presented a total of 21 talks about headache. More >