A listing of organizations which relate to pain research, treatment, clinical practice and education -- that are not directly affiliated with IASP. To view a list of IASP regional affiliates, visit our page on Chapters

Alliance of State Pain Initiatives
The Alliance of State Pain Initiatives (ASPI) is a network of state-based Pain Initiative organizations that work to remove the barriers that impede pain relief through education, advocacy and institutional improvement.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
The Academy is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. Membership is also open to nurses and other healthcare providers who are committed to improving the quality of life of patients and families facing life-threatening or serious conditions.

American Academy of Orofacial Pain
The American Academy of Orofacial Pain, an organization of health care professionals, is dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering through the promotion of excellence in education, research and patient care in the field of orofacial pain and associated disorders.

American Academy of Pain Management
The American Academy of Pain Management is an inclusive, interdisciplinary organization serving clinicians who treat people with pain through education, setting standards of care, and advocacy.

American Academy of Pain Medicine
The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is the medical specialty society representing physicians practicing in the field of Pain Medicine. As a medical specialty society, the Academy is involved in education, training, advocacy, and research in the specialty of Pain Medicine.

American Board of Pain Medicine
The American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM) is committed to the certification of qualified physicians in the field of Pain Medicine.

American Chronic Pain Association
The mission of the ACPA is to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain, and to raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain.

American Society of Anesthesiologists
Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association with 43,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) is the professional specialty nursing organization representing the interests of more than 55,000 nurses practicing in all phases of preanesthesia and postanesthesia care, ambulatory surgery, and pain management.

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is the premier organization that addresses the clinical and professional educational needs of physicians and scientists; assures excellence in patient care utilizing regional anesthesia and pain medicine; and investigates the scientific basis of the specialty.

Association of Anaesthestists of Great Britain and Ireland
Primary objectives of this assoication include education, promotion of research, annual grants, maintaining standards, and publishing of guidelines.

Australian Society of Anesthetists
Formed in 1934, the Australian Society of Anaesthetists is a not-for-profit member funded organisation dedicated to supporting and connecting Australian anaesthetists. We work with and for our members to ensure the high standards of the profession. We primarily focus on the economic, workforce and professional interests of our members.

Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society
The Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society is dedicated to the advancement of the medical practice of anesthesia through research, education and excellence in patient care.

Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
The Centre for Pediatric Pain Research is an international leader in children's pain research. The interdisciplinary research conducted by the faculty, students, and staff tackles many facets of children's acute and chronic pain. They are committed to conducting high-quality research on how to better understand, assess, and manage children's pain and translating this research into improved practice.

Chronic Pain Association of Canada
The Chronic Pain Association of Canada is Canada's largest independent, not-for-profit charitable organization serving people affected by pain, through education, information, support advocacy.

City of Hope Pain and Palliative Care Professional Resource Center
The purpose of the COH PRC is to serve as a clearinghouse to disseminate information and resources to assist others in improving the quality of pain management and end of life care.

European Society of Anaesthesiology
To aim for the highest standards of practice and safety in anaesthesia, peri-operative medicine, intensive care, emergency medicine and pain treatment through education, research and professional development throughout Europe.

Greater Philadelphia Pain Society
The Greater Philadelphia Pain Society (GPPS) is a non-profit multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the study of prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation of pain disorders and pain-related disability. GPPS is organized for the education and support of professionals and organizations concerned with pain and disability and of pain patients and their families. It also provides a focal point for GPPS professionals to collaborate and develop greater interdisciplinary perspectives.

Hospice Education Institute
The Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organization, serving members of the public and health care professionals with information and education about the many facets of caring for the dying and the bereaved.

Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain
The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, treatment, training, and education in chronic pain.

International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care
Our Mission is to collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families, by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.

Island Hospice
Founded in 1979, Island Hospice Services is the oldest Hospice in Africa. Over the years, Island Hospice has adapted to the changing face of the disease pattern to expand its activities within its community and institutional (hospital, clinics, children's home) based programmes.

National Headache Foundation
The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the healthcare of headache sufferers. It is a source of help to sufferers' families, physicians who treat headache sufferers, allied healthcare professionals and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's medical research agency—making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives.

National Pain Foundation
The NPF Mission is to improve the quality of life for those living with pain through information, education, and support that connects persons with pain to each other and to those that can help.

Pain Concern
Pain Concern provides information and support for pain sufferers, those who care for them and about them.

Pain Relief Foundation
The Pain Relief Foundation is a UK charity which funds research into the causes and treatment of human chronic pain and is concerned with education of health professionals about pain management.

Peripheral Nerve Society
The Peripheral Nerve Society is an international organization of physicians and scientists working together to develop and provide the best treatments for people who have peripheral nerve diseases. This goal is realized by cooperation - supporting research, training scientists and healthcare professionals, setting standards of care, creating new treatments, and facilitating clinical trials.

Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative

Founded in 1993, the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (SCCPI) is a nonprofit volunteer interdisciplinary organization made up of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and many other professionals dedicated to the relief of cancer pain. SCCPI works closely with other professional and regulatory agencies to remove barriers to optimum pain relief.

University of Wisconsin Pain Policy Studies Group
The U.S. program of the Pain & Policy Studies Group is primarily involved in the collection and evaluation of state policies that govern pain management, especially prescribing controlled substances to treat chronic moderate to severe pain.

Vulvar Pain Foundation
The VP (Vulvar Pain) Foundation was established in 1992 as a non-profit organization to end the isolation of women suffering from vulvar pain and related disorders (fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel). The Foundation's purposes are to give reliable information, hope, safety, and success to sufferers and their families, to advance the standard of medical practice in treating vulvar pain syndrome, and to promote scientific research.

World Health Organization
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.