IASP Leadership

President's Message

Fernando Cervero"Some people believe football (soccer) is a matter of life and death,” said Bill Shankly, the legendary coach of Liverpool Football Club, adding, "I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."

We are currently immersed in the FIFA World Cup, the most popular and revered sport event in the world that for millions of people, including your president, offers a perfect mixture of pleasure, anguish, happiness, and despair. These football games trigger our passion and drive our emotion. Football is indeed a much, much more important matter than a simple question of life and death.


From the Secretariat

IASP Members Elect New Officers, Councilors

IASP is pleased to announce the newest elected members of our Executive Committee and Council. Executive Committee members are Judith Turner (USA), President-elect, and Srinivasa Raja (USA), Secretary. New Councilors are Mary Cardosa (Malaysia), João Batista Garcia (Brazil), Ian Gilron (Canada), Hellen Kariuki (Kenya), and Jeffrey Mogil (Canada).


IASP Council Names Six Honorary Members

The IASP Council has named six outstanding pain researchers and clinicians Honorary Members. All will be recognized before the IASP General Assembly of the 15th World Congress on Pain in October in Buenos Aires.



Two listings from the IASP Career Center

  • Chief, Division of Pain Medicine (Medical College of Wisconsin, USA)
  • Post-Doctorate Fellowship (Brazil)


World Congress on Pain

(More Than) Three Great Reasons to attend the World Congress on Pain

World Congress on PainAre you still deciding whether to attend the 15th World Congress on Pain in Buenos Aires, October 6-11? If the 100+ educational sessions featuring the latest in pain research and treatment aren’t enough, consider these reasons:

  • Fabulous Attractions, Sights, and Atmosphere
  • Engaging Art, Culture, and Architecture
  • First-rate Cuisine, Shopping, and Lodging


Grants and Fellowships

17 Win IASP Developing Countries Project Grants

The IASP Developing Countries Working Group has announced the winners of grants to improve the scope and availability of education for pain clinicians. The winners receive up to US$10,000 to combine practical instruction with theory via courses, lectures, or demonstrations to develop education curricula or distance-learning materials.


Winners Selected for IASP Collaborative Grants and Research Symposium

The IASP Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group has announced the winners of IASP Collaborative Research Grants, IASP Developed-Developing Countries Collaborative Research Grants, and the IASP Research Symposium.


International News

Irish Pain Society Testifies to Need for National Pain Strategy

A delegation from the Irish Pain Society (IPS) appeared before the Joint Committee on Health and Children in the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) on April 10 to discuss the need for a national pain management strategy. IPS President Laserina O’Connor outlined ways chronic pain is a public health challenge and advocated for coordinated and adequately resourced health services for pain management in primary and secondary care. 


Thai Association Looks to Advance Core Pain Curriculum

Since the founding of the Thai Association for the Study of Pain (TASP) in 1990 by a group of health-care professionals interested in pain management, pain education in Thailand has developed gradually but consistently. A group of medical specialists, dentists, and clinical pharmacists dedicated to improving pain management have worked together in the TASP with commitment to hold regular academic meetings and social activities and provide clinical practice guidelines or guidance for the management of pain. 


New Resources for Chronic Pain Patients in Australia

Australian pain experts have recently developed the Chronic Pain Toolkit, a collection of evidence-based resources for consumers and health professionals. The resources are now available through the website of the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI).


EFIC Elects New Officers, Plans November SIP Meeting

EFICThe European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC) held its annual council meeting in Brussels on May 26. Councilors from 31 European chapters attended and reviewed the past and future work of EFIC. 


Membership News

University of Iowa Honors Former IASP President Gebhart

Former IASP President Gerald F. Gebhart has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. The award recognizes Iowa graduates who have transcended their roles as health-care providers, scientists, and educators to become influential participants in the advancement of the art and science of medicine.


IASP Welcomes New Members

During April and May, IASP welcomed 127 pain specialists from 40 countries as new members. 



New Book Documents Research and Treatment Advances in Orofacial Pain

Orofacial Pain

IASP Press is days away from releasing a new book, Orofacial Pain: Recent Advances in Assessment, Management, and Understanding of Mechanisms, Barry J. Sessle, editor. The book will be available first in IASP eBooks and shortly thereafter in the IASP Bookstore. Check back soon to purchase your copy.


Read New Pain: Clinical Updates on Trigeminal Neuralgia and Integrative Pain Medicine

Pain: Clinical Updates

Two new editions of Pain: Clinical Updates are now available. In conjunction with the Global Year Against Orofacial Pain, one explores trigeminal neuralgia through the eyes, ears, and voices of patients and offers clinical guidelines. A second edition focuses on three areas of biological research of particular interest to integrative pain medicine: nutrition and the microbiome, neuroplasticity, and myofascial research.


PAIN Manuscript Reviews Glide Through the Pipeline


Authors who submit a manuscript to PAIN nowadays will find a rapid, responsive review process that quickly ushers their work to publication. Upon acceptance, a manuscript is citable on the journal’s online site within five to seven days and on Pub Med within 10 days. A chart shows improvements in the review times over the last few years.


Global Year Against Pain

Orofacial Pain Workshop in Canada Explores Need for Research

Global Year Against Orofacial Pain

In November 2013, Drs. Gilles Lavigne and Barry J. Sessle led a workshop in Montreal, Canada, of multidisciplinary clinical, research, and knowledge-transfer experts to address the causes and management of chronic orofacial pain. The workshop had two aims: to identify new pathways for innovative diagnosis and management of chronic orofacial pain states and to identify opportunities for further collaborative orofacial pain research and education in Canada and abroad.