Summer is traditionally a time to take a break and relax, but IASP staff and volunteers have been very busy working towards our mission of stimulating and supporting the study of pain and translating that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.
I am pleased to share that IASP recently awarded $180,000 to recipients of our Collaborative Research grants, Developing Countries Projects: Initiative for Improving Pain Education grants, and John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship. Through these programs, IASP supports the work of individuals and research teams to advance our understanding and treatment of pain, and improve pain education for clinicians in developing countries. We have highlighted the winners in this issue of PAIN: E-Monthly and on the IASP website, and I encourage you to learn more about the recipients and their projects. I would like to acknowledge and thank the Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group and the Developing Countries Working Group for the countless hours they have devoted and their dedication to these programs.
Also exciting are new resources offered as part of our Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education. We are making available, at no cost, an ebook, Including Qualitative Research in Pain Education. It is available for download and includes activities that can be used in pain education to stimulate thinking about what it is like to live with pain. Register now for a webinar tomorrow July 12, in which the authors will discuss their resources that can be used in pain education and answer audience questions. Another webinar in our Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education series takes place on July 25 and focuses on scientific progress in abdominal and pelvic pain, with relevance to clinical evaluation and management. Register today!
It is hard to believe, but in just two months we will gather at the 17th World Congress on Pain in Boston. If you have not yet registered, don’t delay! We are pleased with the high number of people who have registered to date; many special sessions and workshops are almost full. I know you won’t want to miss out on any part of what will prove to be an outstanding educational and networking experience.
Last but not least, I hope each of you find time this summer to relax with friends and family, and I look forward to seeing you in Boston in September.
Judith A. Turner, PhD