16th World Congress on Pain

16th World Congress on Pain

16th World Congress on Pain is less than a year away!

Posted by International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) on Tuesday, November 17, 2015


September 26 – 30, 2016

Pacifico Convention Center


The World Congress on Pain is the premier conference devoted to pain research and treatment. In 2016, the world’s top researchers and clinicians will meet in Yokohama, just one-half hour outside Tokyo.

The World Congress provides state-of-the-art learning opportunities on a wide array of topics in pain research and treatment. Thousands of the world’s leading experts will be there to share their thoughts, research, and findings. Whether you are a trainee entering the field, a clinician interested in updating your knowledge, or a researcher focused on breakthrough results, you will discover new information and colleagues at the World Congress on Pain.

Message from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Rolf-Detlef Treede

I look forward to welcoming you to Yokohama, Japan, for the 16th World Congress on Pain. Since its inception, IASP has brought together scientists, clinicians, and health-care providers from many fields to stimulate and support the study of pain and translate the knowledge generated by research into improved pain relief worldwide. This congress presents an ideal opportunity for all of us to meet and exchange news and views.

Claudia Sommer and the Scientific Program Committee have put together an exciting series of refresher courses, plenary sessions, and workshops that cover the entire range of IASP members’ interests and promise to be every bit as inspiring as those of previous congresses.

I am grateful for the many proposals we received, which reflects IASP’s vibrant membership community. Plenary speakers from around the world will offer up-to-date lectures on mechanisms, assessment, and treatment of pain that will interest clinicians and researchers alike. Ten parallel tracks of workshops will allow participants either to follow progress close to their own line of work or switch between areas of interest for additional inspiration.

Workshops sponsored by IASP Special Interest Groups and joint sessions with other scientific societies will add a special flavor to the meeting. Delegates will see that Yokohama’s Pacifico Conference Center provides ample space for highly interactive poster sessions that will exhibit the latest news from laboratory and clinical research.

Last but not least, this international congress is being held in a city that showcases modern life in a country with an interesting culture and tradition. I hope you will enjoy both the science and the city.

I look forward to seeing you in Yokohama.

Rolf-Detlef Treede, Prof., Dr.med.
IASP President

Program Spotlight


Dr. Herta Flor honored with the John D. Loeser Award

The John D. Loeser Distinguished Lecture Award recognizes Dr. John D. Loeser for his decades of dedication to the promotion of pain education and research. The award is intended to create a tradition that instructs, inspires, and challenges clinicians and researchers to understand human pain, and the suffering it produces, in the broadest ways possible.

Dr. Flor is the Scientific Director of the  Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at the Central Institute of Mental Health and a full professor of Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology at  Heidelberg University in Germany. Most of Dr. Flor's work focuses on the role of learning and memory processes and related plastic changes of the brain in the development and maintenance of chronic pain. She also has focused on the development and evaluation of new interdisciplinary behaviorally oriented treatments for chronic pain such as extinction training. Her recent research has examined the interaction of body image, implicit body-related learning, and brain changes in chronic pain and uses virtual reality applications and body-related illusions in both the assessment and treatment of chronic pain.

Other award winners