President-Elect Candidate: Allen Finley, MD FRPC FAAP

Current professional title(s) and affiliation(s): 

Professor of Anesthesia, Pain Management, & Perioperative Medicine

Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience

Dalhousie University


Dr. Stewart Wenning Chair in Pediatric Pain Management

Director, Centre for Pediatric Pain Research

IWK Health Centre

Halifax, NS, Canada



A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:

I have been passionate about clinical practice and research in children’s pain since my training in the 1980s, and an active IASP member since 1989. As clinician and researcher, I’ve collaborated in both roles with other disciplines on five continents, and respect and value the work done by basic scientists, policy makers, clinical researchers, and all medical and allied health professions. My research has focused on different aspects of pain assessment, treatment, and service delivery, but most recently on pain as a global health issue and on research mobilization to support pain services in resource-limited settings. ( ;


A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:

Service as IASP Treasurer has given me an in-depth and current understanding of our organization and the skills to lead us forward. Research and advocacy to improve pain care have driven my life’s work. IASP supports research and researchers, and trains young scientists and clinicians, but we must also be strong advocates for pain patients and treatment internationally. Our many members working to improve pain research and care in their own countries must be able to count on our support with a global pain strategy, supported by research evidence. We can have a strong voice on the world stage, and we should use it.


Listing of IASP activities including current and prior IASP committees, working groups, task forces, or SIG leadership groups on which you have served:

Member since 1989


1995-7             Task Force on World Wide Web Development

2005-6             Coordinator, Global Year Against Pain in Childhood

2006-8             Scientific Program Committee, World Congress on Pain (Glasgow 2008)

2006-18           Developing Countries Working Group (Chair: 2014-16)

2016                External reviewer: Gabapentin for Neuropathic Pain (Application to WHO Expert Committee on Selection and Use of Essential Medicines)

2016-18           Member, Opioids Task Force

2016~              Pain in Childhood (KIDSIG) Council Liaison

2019~              Pain and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (PIDDSIG) Council Liaison

2019~              Member, Presidential Task Force on the Global Burden of Pain

2019~              Member, Presidential Task Force on SIG Governance Review


2016-20           IASP Treasurer, and member of Executive Committee

                        – Chair, Finance Committee


IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood (

1996-2003       Council Member

2003-5             President-Elect

2005-8             President

2008-11           Past-President

1998-2000       Scientific Program Committee, International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (Sydney 2000)

2007-10           Scientific Program Committee, International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (Acapulco 2010)


Canadian Pain Society (IASP Chapter)

1992-4             Scientific Program Committee – 1994 Annual Meeting

1997-8             Scientific Program Committee – 1998 Annual Meeting

2002-5             Secretary

2004-5             Scientific Program Committee – 2005 Annual Meeting

2005~              Member, Academic Pain Clinic Directors of Canada (APDoC)