The World Congress on Pain is now less than one month away! As you plan your Congress schedule, I hope you will plan to attend the General Assembly on Sunday, September 16, at 10:45 a.m. We have a packed agenda that includes reports from the President, President-elect, Treasurer, CEO, and Editors-in-Chief of our publications. In addition, we will conduct important general membership votes to approve bylaws changes, new chapters in Nepal and the United Arab Emirates, and a new SIG focused on the Social Aspects of Pain. Last but not least, we will recognize outgoing officers and Councilors, and introduce new officers and Councilors. Lars Arendt-Nielsen will share some of his plans for IASP during his Presidency, which begins at the end of the General Assembly. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the many ways in which IASP is working towards our vision of pain relief worldwide and plans for the next two years. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to download the mobile app and include the General Assembly in your personal schedule.
As much as I am excited about our World Congress, I am also very excited about our new initiative for pain education in Japan. IASP, the Japanese Association for the Study of Pain, and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change are administering an RFP for large- and small-scale research projects to stimulate pain education efforts for healthcare providers and patients with pain in Japan. The total available budget for this RFP is $2,000,000 USD. This is one of the many ways that IASP supports pain research, training, and education worldwide. More information about this initiative can be found here.
I look forward to seeing you in Boston!
Judith A. Turner, PhD