IASP Leadership

President's Message

Fernando Cervero

In his 1974 song, “Forever Young,”Bob Dylan encouraged us to “build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung.” There is a great recording of the song made in 2012 by the late Pete Seeger and a bunch of kids. Look for it on YouTube; it is truly inspiring. The video ends with a few words spoken by one of the kids: “You are never too old to change the world.”

As I approach the end of my IASP presidency, I take comfort in the knowledge that our association has indeed built a ladder to the stars and that our members around the world are working hard to increase our scientific knowledge about pain and apply this knowledge to treat those who suffer. And of course, it is also very reassuring to know that those that follow in our path will pick up the baton and carry this mission forward.


From the Secretariat

IASP Names Wolters Kluwer Health New Publisher of PAIN

IASP has signed a six-year agreement with Wolters Kluwer Health to publish PAIN, the world's leading journal for pain research and treatment. The shift in publishers will take place with the January 2015 issue.


IASP Wins Provisional Approval to Accredit Continuing Medical Education Courses

IASP recently received the good news that the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has granted us provisional accreditation approval. What does that mean for IASP?


World Congress on Pain

World-Renowned Pain Researchers and Clinicians to Highlight World Congress on Pain

An array of internationally known scientists and clinicians will discuss new approaches to pain research and treatment during plenary lectures at the 15th World Congress on Pain, October 6-11 in Buenos Aires.  Don't miss presentations from these distinguished speakers and others:


Online Planning Tool Helps You Map Your Congress Week

Here's a great way to navigate the 15th World Congress on Pain:


World Congress to Offer Special Sessions for Trainees

As part of IASP’s special efforts to connect early career pain specialists with mentors and other experienced researchers and clinicians, the World Congress is offering several opportunities to trainees.


Congreso Mundial de Presentar Dos Cursos de Actualización en Español

Por primera vez en su historia, la IASP ofrece dos cursos de actualización en español en el Congreso Mundial de Dolor el lunes 6 de octubre.


Coming to Congress? You May Need to Obtain a Visa or Pay a Reciprocity Fee Beforehand

World Congress on PainVisitors to Argentina from some countries (India, for example) require a visa, but those from most EU countries require neither a visa nor must they pay a “reciprocity fee.” The reciprocity fee is not the same as a visa.


SIGs, Members Sponsor Satellite Symposia in Conjunction with World Congress on Pain

If more than 100 courses aren't enough, many more opportunities are available to learn new approaches to the treatment and study of pain. IASP's Special Interest Groups are sponsoring the following Satellite Symposia at the World Congress.


Grants and Awards

Dr. Nicole Scheff Has Won the 2014 John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship

Dr. Nicole Scheff, a recent PhD graduate in the Neurobiology Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been named winner of the 2014 John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship. The IASP Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group chose Dr. Scheff from among eight finalists.


Winners for IASP Collaborative Grants and Research Symposium Selected

The IASP Fellowships, Grants, and Awards Working Group has announced the winners for the IASP Collaborative Research Grant, IASP Developed-Developing Countries Collaborative Research Grant, and IASP Research Symposium. Here is the list of winners and their projects:


International News

Canadian Pain Society Honors Leaders at National Meeting

The Canadian Pain Society held its 35th Annual Scientific Meeting in Québec City from May 20 to 23. The city is one of the oldest settlements in North America and has a distinct European feel with many historic sites. The meeting was very successful in terms of attendees, networking opportunities, sponsorships, and tradeshow participation.


Landmark Initiative in Germany Focuses on Chronic and Acute Pain Care

After years of discussion at conferences sponsored by the IASP SIG on Acute Pain—including the most recent one in Cologne in November 2013—German physicians have resolved to make the management of acute and chronic pain a national medical priority. The 117th German Physician’s Congress, held last May in Düsseldorf, recognized the patient’s right to up-to-date acute and chronic pain care. The declaration cites the significant human and economic burden of pain in adults and children alike as a driver of needed reform.


Serbia Holds Symposium on Use of Opioids in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

A scientific symposium sponsored by the Serbian Association of Pain Research and Treatment attracted pain experts from Serbia and international guest speakers to Novi Sad on June 6. The theme was “Opioids in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: Key Issues.” Former IASP President Professsor Eija Kalso (Finland) and two EFIC representatives, Professor Bart Morlion (Belgium) and Associate Professor Nevenka Krcevski Skvarc (Slovenia) highlighted the program.


Australian Pain Society Recognizes Best Speakers, Top Contributors at Scientific Meeting

The 34th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Pain Society, held in Hobart April 13-16, was a fabulous success, both scientifically and socially. International speakers Drs. Jane Ballantyne, Andrew Moore, and Jeffrey Mogil gave thought-provoking presentations on topics relevant to the conference theme, “Personalized Pain Management.”


IASP Pain Management Camp to Take Place in the Philippines in March 2015

IASP chapters, country medical societies, and academic medical institutions and individuals may now encourage nominations and applications for the 2015 IASP Pain Management Camp, March 10–14, 2015. Following on the success of pain management camps in Thailand in 2011 and Singapore in 2013, the 2015 program is the third pain education project supported by IASP and co-organized by the Association of South East Asian Pain Societies and the Pain Society of the Philippines.



IASP Insight Previews the World Congress and Highlights Our Members’ Work

The new edition of IASP's membership magazine, IASP Insight, is now available online with lots of useful information on the upcoming World Congress. Colorful and informative, the magazine contains a variety of feature articles and news items about our members.


New Book on Orofacial Pain Is Now Available

In conjunction  with the Global Year Against Orofacial Pain, IASP Press has published Orofacial Pain: Recent Advances in Assessment, Management, and Understanding of Mechanisms, Barry J. Sessle, editor.


PAIN Retains High Ranking Among Journals in Several Fields

PAIN continues to be the premier journal in the field of anesthesiology, according to the annual Thomson Reuters study, "Journal Citation Reports," attaining an Impact Factor in 2013 of 5.836 and a five-year mark of 6.341, the top ranking during that period. The 2013 figure represents a 3.4 percent jump from 2012.



IASP 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.


IASP Welcomes New Members

In the last three months, more than 150 pain scientists and clinicians from around the globe have joined IASP.


IASP Councilor German Ochoa, MD Has Died

Dr. Ochoa was a founding member of the Colombian Association for the Study of Pain and cofounder of FEDELAT, a Latin American federation of regional chapters. Active in the IASP education initiatives working group, he was a strong advocate for changes in pain management policy in Colombia.


Honorary Member Edward R. Perl Has Died

Edward R. Perl, MD, an honorary IASP member, has died. Born 1926 in Chicago, he spent most of his career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the Sarah Graham Kenan professor of cell and molecular physiology at UNC School of Medicine. Perl also established a prize in his name, the Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize, which includes a $10,000 award in recognition of a seminal achievement in neuroscience. Past recipients include four subsequent winners of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine.


IASP Honorary Member Dr. Blaine S. Nashold Jr. Has Died

We learned recently that IASP Honorary Member and noted Duke University neurosurgeon Dr. Blaine S. Nashold Jr. died in March at age 90.