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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 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

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.

Yokohama is 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 there.

Rolf-Detlef Treede, Prof.,
IASP President

Program Spotlight

Dr. Frank Porreca honored with the Ronald Melzack Award

Frank PorrecaThe Ronald Melzack Lecture Award was created by the IASP Council in honor of Ronald Melzack to acknowledge his seminal work and key contributions to the science of pain

Dr. Porreca is a professor of Pharmacology and Anesthesiology and  Director of the Theme for Medical Neuroscience at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has been interested in the measurement and mechanistic evaluation of affective dimensions of pain in the preclinical setting. Several themes have been consistent in his research over the years including (1) the role of descending modulatory circuits in chronic pain states, (2) the mechanisms by which opioids and stress engage these circuits, and (c) the discovery of molecules that can modulate these circuits through novel mechanisms. Ultimately, he hopes to contribute to the discovery of approaches that can be effective for treatment of pain in humans.

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