Nominated for President-Elect:
Claudia Sommer, Prof. Dr. med.

Current professional title(s) and affiliation:
Professor of Neurology, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:
Aiming to better understand mechanisms underlying my patients’ pain has always driven my research. I investigated the role of immune-mediators in diseases and their models. We phenotyped large-scale patient cohorts in international networks, and we characterized pain in rare diseases like Fabry’s disease and a new antibody-associated painful neuropathy. My group discovered peripheral nerve pathology in fibromyalgia, and we are presently integrating these data with other aspects of this multifaceted disorder. With the aim to improve pain treatment, I am active in guideline writing, and I teach at my university, at transregional graduate schools and at international pain schools.

A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:
As a clinician-researcher, I bring an extensive network of colleagues and coworkers from all continents, and I am well prepared to communicate with a wide spectrum of IASP members. I was able to acquire leadership experience as SPC chair for the IASP World Congress in Japan, in the German IASP Chapter, and in the European Academy of Neurology. My personal goals are to enhance IASP’s work in the promotion of young talent, to increase IASP’s outreach in the world by intensifying the collaboration with local Chapters and with all disciplines, and to enhance translation from science to pain treatment.

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

  • Regular member since 1996.
  • Plenary speaker at the 2008 Congress in Glasgow.
  • Council Member 2012-2018.
  • Member of Scientific Program Committee for the World Congresses in 2012, 2014, 2018.
  • Member of Refresher Course Committee and Editor of the Refresher Course Book in 2014 and 2016.
  • Chair of Scientific Program Committee for the World Congress in 2016 in Yokohama.
  • Full term in the Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group until 2017.
  • Host for young pain researchers from countries with active IASP chapters, for example from Thailand, India, and Brazil.

At present:

  • Member of Committee on Finance
  • Member of Presidential Opioids Task Force
  • Member of the Neuropathic Pain SIG (NeuPSIG) and of its management committee
  • Scientific Program Committee member for the 2019 NeuPSIG congress.
  • Member of the PAIN: Clinical Updates Advisory Board
  • Associate Editor of PAIN
  • Advisor of Pain Research Forum