Council Position No4 Candidate: Margarita Calvo, MD, MSc, PhD

Current professional title(s) and affiliation(s)
Associate Professor
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:
My research interest is complementary to my clinical work. My general aim is to better understand the mechanisms behind neuropathic pain. I study both animal models and patients employing a variety of techniques ranging from transgenic mouse models to human psychophysical studies and genetics. I currently have two active lines: neuropathic pain in dermatological diseases, and pain modulation by potassium channels. Apart from research, I currently attend a chronic pain patient unit twice a week within the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Team at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:
I would like to serve as an IASP councillor to help to foster a community with the common goal of promoting research and education to improve the treatment and quality of life for individuals suffering chronic pain. As a physician scientist working in Chile, I would like to serve as a voice of pain researchers and pain physicians from Latin America. I feel that at the moment, there is a lack of awareness between my colleagues about the role of IASP and the benefits it brings to be an active member. I would like to campaign and encourage my colleagues to be part of this exciting international community.

Listing of IASP activities including current and prior IASP committees, working groups, task forces, or SIG leadership groups on which you have served:
Currently I am a member of the editorial board of Pain Research Forum (since 2018), a member of the management committee board of NeuPSIG (since 2019), and a member of the IASP SIG Task Force (since 2019). I was a member of the NeuPSIG 2019 Conference scientific committee. I also served as a member of the Early Career Research Advisory Board of the Journal eLife 2017-2019.