Pain Schools and Camps

Upcoming Pain Schools

European Pain School 

The next European Pain School (EPS2018), an educational project of IASP, will take place in Siena, Italy, June 10-17, 2018. Young scientists at the Ph.D. or postdoctoral levels (or equivalent) in all fields of pain science and pain medicine are encouraged to apply. The theme of the meeting is "CNS Versus PNS Contributions to Persistent Pain."

The European Pain School (EPS) is the first and still the premier school intended for students working on basic science and clinical topics related to acute and chronic pain. EPS has an interdisciplinary perspective and a distinct research orientation. 

North American Pain School

The North American Pain School (NAPS) brings together leading experts in the fields of pain research and management to provide a unique educational and networking experience for the next generation of basic science and clinical pain researchers. NAPS offers opportunities for scientific education, professional development, and connections with peers in a setting far removed from the lab and steeped in the character and culture of Quebec.

The NAPS program takes place June 24-28, 2018, at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, in Montebello, QC, Canada.

The program connects 30 trainees with six dynamic, internationally recognized pain investigators from around the world and NAPS permanent faculty for an intensive four-day workshop. Although NAPS is open to trainees from all over the world, it will primarily serve graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinician-scientists based in the U.S. and Canada. The Executive Committee will make selections based primarily on scientific merit and motivation but with consideration for demographics and need as well. Although NAPS is held in the French-Canadian province of Quebec, all activities are in English.

Past Pain Schools

International Pain Summer School in South America

The International Pain Summer School in South America addresses mechanisms mediating the transition between acute pain and chronic, pathological pain and how these are modulated by, and in turn, modulate societal factors. This pain school also focuses on interrogating, discussing, and debating the structure-function properties of neural circuits that are of key importance to acute and chronic pain and how they are dynamically altered over the course of pain chronicity.

The school incorporates refresher courses, special lectures, methods-oriented workshops, trainee talks, debates, and direct one-to-one interactions with dynamic and inspiring international faculty. Another key aim is to promote scientific and cultural exchange between South American scientists and the international pain community.

The 2018 summer school will be held at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America (HCLA) in Santiago de Chile, Chile. The number of trainees is limited to 35-40 to ensure close personal interactions.

IASP-ISSP Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Pain Management Program

The IASP-ISSP Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Pain Management Program is a partnership between the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the Indian Society for the Study of Pain (ISSP), bringing together experts from multiple specialties to provide a unique education and training experience for health-care professionals in India.

The program provides an interactive, participatory, educational experience for health-care workers in India who are interested in pain management. The curriculum  includes fundamentals of pain physiology and pathophysiology and practical concepts of the assessment, diagnosis, and interdisciplinary management of acute and chronic pain conditions. The program covers topics relevant to day-to-day clinical practice in small-group sessions, and provides learning materials and tools to help manage patients with a broad spectrum of pain states. The course takes place over a six-month period, with three two-day in-person sessions at two sites, Delhi and Mumbai. The most recent programs were held in March, May, and July 2017.

Latin American Pain Camp

The most recent IASP Pain Management Camp was held in Mexico City, October 10-14, 2016. 

Other Education Opportunities

IASP has gathered information from various sources on programs for continuing education in pain. These may be fellowships, degree programs, distance-learning programs, web-based training, and so forth. Inclusion in this list does not imply IASP endorsement of these programs or courses, unless otherwise specified.