You Can Participate in the 2016 Global Year Against Pain in the Joints

Jan 11, 2016

Dear IASP Members and Supporters,

I invite you to participate in a mission-critical IASP initiative—the 2016 Global Year Against Pain in the Joints. Our goals for this campaign are straightforward:Rolf-Detlef Treede

  • Broadly disseminate information on joint pain to patients and health-care providers
  • Connect pain researchers to health-care professionals who witness the problems associated with joint pain first-hand in their daily interactions with patients
  • Increase awareness of joint pain among government officials, the news media, the public, and patient organizations worldwide
  • Encourage government leaders, research institutions, and other individuals and organizations to support research aimed at producing more effective and accessible treatment

But we need your help.

On these Global Year web pages, you will find a wide array of resources and ways to participate. Whether you are pain researcher, clinician, an IASP chapter leader, or a partner organization, it’s easy to help spread the message that patients can lead pain-free, healthier lives. Among the resources are 20 downloadable fact sheets in several languages, lists of articles on joint pain from PAIN and Pain: Clinical Updates, a news release and FAQs for the media, a tool kit that IASP chapters may explore for ideas to increase awareness in their countries, and much more—all for free.

In designing the campaign, Global Year Co-Chairs Lars Arendt-Nielsen (Aalborg University, Denmark) and Serge Perrot (Université Paris Descartes, France) have recruited dozens of experts whose work focuses on the most crucial elements of joint pain. Throughout 2016, you will find additional resources, including special editions of Pain: Clinical Updates, interviews, and announcements about Global Year events. So be sure to visit these pages often, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

I also encourage you to attend the World Congress on Pain, September 26-30, 2016, in Yokohama, Japan, where several prominent pain specialists will present their findings and conduct workshops focused on the Global Year.

Please share these materials—talk about them, use them—and join us in our important campaign to improve millions of lives. I especially want to invite IASP chapters to help lead this initiative from the grassroots level. Our lead partner in this campaign, the European Pain Federation—EFIC, will be conducting various activities throughout the year.

Through meetings, patient education events, publications, and other activities that you may create to support the Global Year, we can accelerate medical progress to address this widespread health challenge. Please tell us about your efforts, and we will share them on this website.

Thank you in advance for your dedication and participation. If you would like additional information, please write to I look forward to seeing the remarkable difference we can create together!

Kind regards,

Rolf-Detlef Treede, Prof., Dr. med.

IASP President