Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

The SIG on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) aims to:

  • Provide a forum for members to engage in free and frank communication on the diagnosis and management of pain syndromes of the sympathetic nervous system.
  • Bring focus to new developments in the field in basic and clinical research.
  • Assimilate the views of the different medical disciplines and patient reports about pain and the sympathetic nervous system.

Click the Meetings tab to find out about Cork 2017, the conference of the SIG on CRPS.

The IASP accepted criteria for CRPS follows:
Harden, R. N., Bruehl, S., Perez, R. S., Birklein, F., Marinus, J., Maihofner, C., Lubenow, T., Buvanendran, A., Mackey, S., and Graciosa, J. (2010). "Validation of proposed diagnostic criteria (the “Budapest Criteria”) for complex regional pain syndrome." PAIN, 150(2), 268-274. These criteria are described in the IASP Classification of Chronic Pain.


The IASP SIG on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) keeps an archive of published newsletters under its previous name of Pain and Sympathetic Nervous System (PSNS).

Go to the Archive


SIG on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Cork, Ireland, 2017

The conference theme, “Working together is to succeed,” will focus on the role of multidisciplinary team management and the importance of partnership to help identify, treat, and understand the nature of this disabling pain condition. High-caliber international speakers, excellent networking opportunities, and a range of cutting-edge workshops and demonstrations will ensure that this conference will be a huge success.


Prof. Roberto Perez, Chair, IASP SIG on CRPS (VU University Medical Center Amsterdam)

Prof. Lance McCracken (King's College London)

Prof. Andre Mouraux (Institute of Neuroscience, IONS, Belgium)

Prof. Lorimer Moseley (University of South Australia)

Prof. Konstatin Slavin (Chicago)

Dr. Paul Galvin (Tyndall National Institute, UCC, Cork)

Prof. Candy McCabe, PastChair IASP SIG on CRPS

Dr. Andreas Goebel, Chair of the Scientific Committee for CRPS, Cork 2017 (The Walton Centre Liverpool)

Dr. D. Hegarty, Co-Chair CRPS Cork 2017 (Cork University Hospital/ UCC)


Topics for discussion include

State of the Art: Explain pain and its relevance to the management of CRPS

Bioscience of CRPS: Bench to bedside

Psychology & Nursing: Prevention is better than cure

Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy focus: Managing Movement in CRPS

Interventional options in CRPS: What to do & when to do it

The importance of Early Diagnosis: how to make an impact, guidelines for the A&E / facture clinic

Meet the Experts Advanced Opinion Session

  • Rationale & Benefits of MDT: Discussion debate and Open discussion with team leads
  • Integrating axillary healthcare providers into the MDT
  • How can the technology improve diagnosis & management
  • Future ambitions/Patient considerations

Rapid Data Expose; Top 5 abstract/posters presentation and competition

Refresher Course series including Meet the Experts (a) Pharmacology focus (b) Technology focus group


Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, is first in every important respect, at least according to the locals, who cheerfully refer to it as the “real capital of Ireland.” It is a historic, creative, exciting, ever-changing city with extraordinary surprises to be discovered every time you turn a corner.

The 4-star Rochestown Park Hotel & Conference Centre in Cork City has long been recognised as one of the city's premier hotels. Located near Cork Airport, it combines a wide range of luxury facilities for corporate and leisure guests alike.

Key dates

Opening of Registration: November 28, 2016

End of early Registration: April 28, 2017

Conference dates: August 30 – September 2, 2017

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Chair: Roberto Perez (Netherlands)
Chair-Elect: Andreas Goebel (UK)
Past Chair: Candy McCabe (UK)
Secretary/Treasurer: Jenny Lewis (UK)
Scientific Committee Chair: Lone Knudsen (Denmark)

IASP Council Liaison
Serge Perrot (France)

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