Nominated for President-Elect:
Michael Gold, PhD

Current professional title(s) and affiliation:
Professor in the Department of Neurobiology in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Director of the Training Program in the Mechanisms and Clinical Presentation of Pain at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:
I am a pain scientist and educator. My research is focused on the peripheral mechanisms of pain, with active lines of investigation derived from a growing body of evidence indicating that the underlying mechanisms of persistent pain vary as a function of a number of factors, including type of injury, site of injury, and sex and age of the injured organism. Within this context and a strategy based on forward and reverse translation, I have projects focused on migraine, temporomandibular joint disorder, trigeminal neuralgia, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, and persistent post-surgical pain. In the context of pain education, I have been working on programs locally, nationally, and internationally throughout my career, in particular, on programs focused on the next generation of pain scientists.

A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:
I would like to serve President-Elect of the IASP because I believe in the Association’s Vision and Mission even more so now than when I joined IASP 28 years ago. As a basic scientist now doing translational and clinical research, I appreciate the cost of research and will work to increase the ability of IASP to facilitate project development, collaborations, and career development. I appreciate the growing number of ways it is possible to convey information and facilitate translation, and will work to ensure the IASP is positioned to build on its leadership role in pain education. Finally, I will work to leverage the association’s global perspective to help address pain around the world.

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

IASP (and related) Activities:

  • Editorial board of PAIN (’00 – ’09)
  • Scientific Program Committee for ’12 (Milan) and ’14 (Buenos Aires) meetings.
  • Currently serving as Scientific Program Committee Chair for 2018 Meeting (Boston).
  • Fellowships Grants and Awards Working Group (’10 – present) with service as Chair of the Working group’12-’16.
  • Elected to IASP Council in 2012 (term ends 2018).
  • IASP Liaison to the American Pain Society Board of Directors (’14 – present)
  • Executive committee for the North American Pain School (’16 – present).

Activities for the American Pain Society (the U.S. Chapter of the IASP):

  • Scientific Program Committee (’02 – ’06, and then ’13 – ‘16) with service as Chair of this committee for the 2017 Meeting.
  • Board of Directors ’07 – ’08
  • Editorial board of the Journal of Pain (’07 – present)
  • Small Grants Committee (’08 – Present)
  • Rita Allen Foundation Grants Committee (’15 – present)