Ronald Melzack Lecture Award


  • Plaque to be presented at the Congress
  • Travel to the Congress (discount airfare), Congress registration, and accommodation expenses

The Ronald Melzack Lecture Award was created in 2010 by the IASP Council in honor of IASP Honorary Member Ronald Melzack, for his work and contributions to the science of pain. The recipient is selected by the Scientific Program Committee from among plenary presentations chosen for the Congress. Funding for the award is provided by the Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation.

Melzack's contributions include:

  • The development of the gate control theory of pain with Patrick Wall,
  • The concept of the "neuromatrix" as the brain mechanism to explain severe phantom limb pain in the absence of sensory inputs, and
  • Creation of the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) and Short-Form MPQ, which are widely used measuring tools for pain in human subjects.

2020 Recipient:

Beverly Thorn, PhD

Professor and Chair of Health Psychology | The University of Alabama | USA

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Click here to see previous winners of the Ronald Melzack Lecture Award.