About IASP

IASP Members IASP is the leading professional forum for science, practice, and education in the field of pain. Membership is open to all professionals involved in research, diagnosis, or treatment of pain. IASP has more than 7,000 members in 133 countries, 90 national chapters, and 20 Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

Founded in 1973, our association is governed by an international Council composed of officers and councilors elected by the membership. Members may also serve on committees, task forces, and working groups. The current IASP president is Rolf-Detlef Treede, Prof., Dr. med, chair of neurophysiology and managing director of the Center for Biomedicine and Medical Technology at Heidelberg University in Mannheim, Germany.

IASP Mission

IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.


  • How do I log on?
    Enter your username and password in the upper right-hand corner of any page on the website. If you are not logged in and you choose an item that is accessible to members only, or if you buy a book in the IASP Press Bookstore, you will be prompted to log on
  • I am not a member of IASP. Are IASP grants and fellowships available to me?
    Membership in IASP is a requirement for eligibility for all IASP grants and fellowships. For the collaborative grants, the principal investigator must be a member of IASP. See the Grants and Awards page for more information.
  • I need to cancel or return my order. How can I do this?
    Contact books@iasp-pain.org to discuss your order and the condition of your books. If your order has not yet been shipped, we can cancel your order and reimburse you for the purchase price. If your book has been opened and the plastic wrap has been removed, we are not able to resell the book and you will not be reimbursed for your order.
  • What are chapters of IASP?
    Chapters of IASP are independently operated national or regional associations or societies that share IASP’s vision of working together for pain relief throughout the world.
  • What is the Global Year Against Pain?
    The Global Year Against Pain is a yearlong initiative designed to raise awareness of the different aspects of pain worldwide. Each year, on the third Monday of October, IASP launches a new campaign focused on one specific aspect of pain.
  • What is the World Congress on Pain?
    The World Congress on Pain is IASP’s biennial meeting devoted to research and treatment of pain. It is five days of continuing education and networking opportunities.
  • Where can I pay my membership dues?
    To pay your annual dues online, visit "Pay Your Dues" in the Members Only section. To ensure that your benefits of membership continue uninterrupted, make sure to pay your dues by your anniversary date each year.


World Congress on Pain. Our biennial World Congress on Pain, the world’s premier gathering on the topic, is international and multidisciplinary. The program comprises plenary sessions, workshops, poster sessions, and refresher courses, and attendees may receive continuing medical education credits. The 16th World Congress on Pain takes place in Yokohama, Japan, September 26 - 30, 2016.

Publications. PAIN®, IASP’s official journal, publishes original research on the nature, mechanisms, and treatment of pain. Our publishing division, IASP Press®, produces timely, high-quality books for scientists and clinicians interested in pain research and management. IASP also publishes Pain: Clinical Updates six times annually. This newsletter provides the latest information on clinical topics in the pain field. IASP also publishes the bimonthly IASP eNewsletter and an online magazine, IASP Insight, twice a year, for members only.

Education. IASP sponsors research symposia on specific pain-related topics and provides grants, awards, and fellowships to support international pain research. Through its Developing Countries Project, IASP offers grants and education programs to improve pain education for clinicians in developing countries.

Advocacy. Every October, IASP launches the Global Year Against Pain to raise awareness of different aspects of pain. The Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain is October 2014 to December 2015.