Nominated for Councilor:
Qasim Aziz, PhD, FRCP

Current professional title(s) and affiliation:
Professor of Neurogastroenterology, Wingate Institute of Neurogastroenterology, Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:
Since my PhD I have studied the neurophysiology of visceral pain in health and disease. I have identified brain biomarkers of visceral pain using functional brain imaging techniques and developed a human visceral model of peripheral/central sensitization which has been used to profile pharmacological and non-pharmacological agents for treatment. My recent interests include identification of psychophysiological pain endophenotypes and role of the autonomic nervous system in modulating pain. Clinically, I am interested in the management of pain in functional gastrointestinal and connective tissue disorders. I am passionate about education and have authored guidelines and diagnostic criteria for functional GI disorders.

A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:
I believe in the IASP mission ‘to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide’. I will use my research and education experience of working with national and international healthcare organizations to further this mission. I am particularly interested in facilitating visceral pain education in developing countries by working closely with local stake holders. I would like to develop a multinational visceral pain registry/biobank to generate ‘big data’ amenable to novel techniques of ‘Artificial Intelligence’ to identify those at risk for developing chronic visceral pain and to predict response to treatment.

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

I have been involved in the following IASP activities.

  • I am the current chair of the Abdominal and Pelvic Pain SIG. Prior to taking on this post I wasthe secretary for 2 years.
  • I am co-lead for the visceral pain section of the IASP committee for developing the new ICD-11 codes for pain.
  • I am working with IASP to develop the visceral pain educational program for the Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education 2018. A webinar has been arranged.
  • I am chair of the scientific program committee for World Congress in Abdominal and Pelvic Pain currently being planned for London in 2019.
  • I was co-lead for IASP Global Year Against Visceral Pain Campaign in 2014 and helped prepare a web based visceral pain educational program.
  • I have participated in IASP World Congresses as a speaker on visceral pain topics.
  • I was member of scientific program committee for IASP World Congress in 2015.
  • I was member of scientific program committee for World Congress in Abdominal and Pelvic Pain in 2012.