A very happy New Year to all. I am pleased with all IASP that accomplished in 2018, and the ambitious agenda we have created for 2019 and beyond. The Council met at the end of November 2018, and over a very productive few days, identified three strategic priorities for IASP: educational programming; engagement of IASP SIGs and chapters; and patient engagement through the IASP Global Patient Alliance. The Council, together with our various task forces, working groups and committees, are now heavily involved in planning the implementation of those strategic goals. I will keep IASP members informed throughout the process, and may at some stage seek additional input.
In 2018, we also appointed 64 new volunteers to join various task forces, working groups and committees. They have now begun their work with the many other already engaged and working volunteers.
During the Council meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, we had an opportunity to participate in a Pain Academy hosted by the PainSA chapter. Many Councilors presented about their work and research, and it was a rich experience enjoyed by all. Thank you to the PainSA chapter for their outstanding efforts and hospitality.
Finally, the 2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable will officially launch next week – so please stay tuned. As the materials are being finalized, take a moment to review the 2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education resources –fact sheets, ebook, and webinars – available on the IASP website. The theme of the 2019 Global Year is very important to me, and I hope to see many activities worldwide, which can enhance the focus on pain in those most vulnerable groups of patients.
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD