Council Position No3 Candidate: Beth Darnall, PhD

Current professional title(s) and affiliation(s):
Associate Professor
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:
My main interest aligns with the IASP: expanding access to evidence-based ‘whole person’ pain care. I am principal investigator for large-scale clinical trials on behavioral pain treatment and voluntary opioid reduction. Scalable, low-cost treatments I developed for acute/chronic pain are active in clinical use and scientific investigations in multiple countries. On the topics of pain and opioids I have testified to the U.S. Congress, U.S. FDA, and presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. I have authored 4 books for patients and clinicians; and am dedicated to optimizing pain research (scientific member, NIH Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee).

A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:
I will leverage my experience, skill, and international reach to further IASP’s mission to globally reduce pain and its impacts. I bring a history of successful leadership in international efforts aimed at improving the lives of people with pain. I bring strong ties to U.S. stakeholders (e.g., American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, patient advocacy groups) and strong ties to international colleagues and collaborators. I will leverage robust media connections to promote IASP works. I bring a keen understanding of political and litigious issues facing pain societies nationally and internationally and am well-positioned to develop and facilitate strategic solutions.

Listing of IASP activities including current and prior IASP committees, working groups, task forces, or SIG leadership groups on which you have served:
Invited Member: Education Working Group (past)
Member: Social Impacts of Pain SIG (current)
Member: Acute Pain SIG (current)
Member: Pain, Mind, Movement SIG (current)