President-Elect Candidate: Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D.


Current professional title(s) and affiliations
Scientific Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:
I have spent my career as a pain researcher in academia and government. The mission of my research program is to understand the brain’s role in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain, with a special emphasis on mind/body modalities of pain control. My research includes clinical studies of non-pharmacological analgesic treatments in chronic pain patients and rodent studies addressing how environmental factors affect pain processing. Beyond my own research, I have served the pain community as President, Canadian Pain Society (2011-2012), Councilor, Society for Neuroscience (2012-2016), Director, McGill University Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain (2003-2009) and multiple IASP positions.

A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:
I bring to IASP a unique breadth and depth of experience that allows me to see issues from multiple vantage points. I am engaged in both clinical and basic research and have held leadership positions in academia, professional societies and government. Most recently, I led the development of a multi-institute Pain Research Center at the NIH. IASP is an important part of my professional life, and I care deeply about it. I believe I have the skills to strengthen the prominence of IASP in the presence of a rising number of competing scientific societies, particularly in light of the opioid crisis.

Listing of IASP activities including current and prior IASP committees, working groups, task forces, or SIG leadership groups on which you have served:
IASP Councilor (1996-2002)
Editor-in-Chief, IASP Press (2003-2010)
Treasurer (2010-2012)
Section Editor of Pain (2000-2003)
Editorial Board of Pain (2008-2018)
John J. Bonica Awardee (2014)