16th World Congress on Pain -- Registration Now Open!

September 26 – 30, 2016
Pacifico Convention Center, Yokohama


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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., Dr.med.
IASP President

Program Spotlight

Stephen McMahonDr. Stephen McMahon honored with the John J. Bonica Award

The John J. Bonica Distinguished Lecture Award honors the founder of IASP and is presented at each World Congress on Pain to a person who has made a major contribution to pain research or pain therapy. 

Dr. McMahon is Sherrington Professor of Physiology at King’s College London, and Director of the London Pain Consortium. He works to understand pain mechanisms using techniques ranging from molecular biology to electrophysiology to human psychophysical studies. He has a longstanding interest in the role and potential therapeutic applications of trophic factors. His current research is focused on neuroimmune interactions and the genetics and epigenetics of pain.

He is director of the London Pain Consortium, a collection of researchers in London and Oxford working to better understand chronic pain mechanisms and improve treatments. He is also the academic leader of Europain, a collaboration of scientists in academia and industry that is funded by the European Union’s Innovative Medicines Initiative. He serves as editor of Wall and Melzack’s Textbook of Pain, 5th edition and 6th edition. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Other award winners