Nominated for Councilor:
Audun Stubhaug, MD, DmedSCi, Professor

Current professional title(s) and affiliation:
Head of Department of Pain Management and Research, Oslo University Hospital and Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Oslo, Norway

A brief description of your work and interests in the pain field:
I have combined clinical work and research in the pain field for several decades. My particular interest has been the transition from acute to chronic pain and persistent postsurgical pain has been a topic of special interest. An important challenge is to combine clinical work and research. To support that, I am currently heavily involved in developing registers in pain medicine, in order to be able to evaluate the impact of both multidisciplinary and unidisciplinary pain treatments. The suffering of pain patients and the efficacy of treatments both need to be documented. I want to contribute to this IASP-task.

A brief statement of why you are interested in running for the position:
I am fostered as a pain researcher and a pain clinician within the IASP-organization. I have been working clinically and with pain-research in the pain-researcher-friendly environment of the previous Scandinavian IASP-chapter SASP and now the Norwegian IASP-chapter. Now it is time for me to pay back. My special interest will be on pain education, pain treatment in developing countries, support of pain research in general, and the use of registers to document efficacy of pain treatment. If I am elected, these goals will be targeted. I am devoted to the IASP-mission.

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

  • Editorial board of PAIN 2004-2014
  • Board of Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain (previous chapter) 2009-2016.
  • Board of Norwegian IASP Chapter 2016.
  • Board member of Acute Pain SIG from 2016.
  • Task force on acute pain and postoperative pain 2010 and 2017.
  • Scientific program committee 2010 and 2012.