Global Year Events Around the World



On January 12, the Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain (APED) held a session to mark the beginning of the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery in the auditorium of the Hospital Prof. Doctor Fernando Fonseca (HFF), in Amadora, Portugal. In an interview with News Farma, Dr. Ana Pedro, president of APED, revealed that "these campaigns allow not only awareness of the issue but also the promotion of research and the translation of this changing research." Watch a video of Dr. Pedro's interview (in Portuguese). During the presentation, APED also awarded three training grants, two in the clinical field and one in the basic sciences, each worth 2,000 euros. 

United Kingdom

On May 2, the Acute Pain Special Interest Group of the British Pain Society (BPS) held a one-day conference in Birmingham on Persistent Postsurgical Pain, which was attended by more than 80 delegates. Prof. Stephan Schug opened the day by providing an overview of Global Year activities related to postsurgical pain. Organized by Dr. Jane Quinlan (Secretary of the Acute Pain SIG) together with Dr. Ruth Day and Felicia Cox, presentations were delivered from such disciplines as epidemiology, basic science, nursing, medicine, and surgery.

Speaking after the event, Cox was delighted by the contribution of Prof. Schug, who the following day delivered his plenary lecture, “Continuum of Acute to Chronic Pain After Surgery” at the BPS 50th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). “His presence encouraged the audience to actively participate in the expert panel discussion and throughout the day,” she said. “The latest evidence on reducing the risk of persistent postsurgical pain has made us reflect on current UK practice.”

Three other acute pain events are planned in the UK in 2017. A session in the professional program at the annual Royal College of Nursing Congress (May, in Liverpool) will provide an update on perioperative pain management. An event at the Royal Society of Medicine (July, in London) will help clinicians dealing with challenging patients with acute pain. And the National Acute Pain Symposium (September, in Harrogate) will feature Dr. Patricia Lavand'homme, who will give a plenary lecture on chronic postsurgical pain. NAPS, now in its 27th year, is the longest running acute pain meeting in the world.