As the end of 2018 quickly approaches, please accept my thanks for your role in helping IASP achieve new heights. We:
- held a successful World Congress in Boston with over 5000 participants;
- celebrated an impressive increase in the PAIN impact factor to 5.559 and five-year mark of 6.458;
- announced that all content published in PAIN Reports will be indexed in PubMed Central;
- awarded more than $250,000 in grants and fellowships;
- welcomed two new chapters (now 96 in total) in Nepal and the United Arab Emirates, and more than 1,800 new members
- added four new SIGs (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Itch, Pain Registries, and Social Aspects of Pain);
- received significant grants to develop a toolkit for multidisciplinary pain clinics in Southeast Asia and award up to two million dollars for pain education projects in Japan;
- offered convenient online options to renew membership for two years or enroll in dues auto-renewal;
- named eight new honorary members;
- surveyed our African chapters to understand gaps and opportunities in pain management in the region;
- formed three Council working groups to explore Patient Engagement, Chapter Development, and Educational Resources;
- approved a break-even budget for 2019, an exciting accomplishment for a non-Congress year, and explored options for additional external funding for projects to enhance member benefits.
Over the summer we surveyed IASP volunteers, and used the member feedback and recommendations to inform strategic discussions at our recent Council meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. Hopefully this sends a strong signal that input from members has a significant impact on the strategic planning for IASP.
I look forward to working with you in 2019 as we continue to work together for pain relief worldwide.
My very best wishes to you and your family for happy and healthy holidays and the New Year.
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD