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President's Message

Judith Turner

July 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of pain medicine as a recognized specialty and discipline in China, as well as the establishment in major hospitals of a department of pain medicine. I was privileged to visit Beijing and Shenzhen on the occasion of this milestone, and I am pleased to report on the tremendous progress the country has made in pain medicine in this past decade.

In Beijing, I had the great honor of speaking at a meeting celebrating this anniversary in the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square. It was inspiring to observe the growth and vitality of the Chinese Association of the Study of Pain (CASP) since it was established in Beijing in 1989 when Dr. John Loeser, then secretary of IASP, attended the meeting and recognized CASP as the China chapter of IASP. 

Extraordinary advances have been made in the field of pain in China under the leadership of Dr. Ji-Sheng Han, honorary president of CASP and honorary member of IASP, and his colleagues. For example, I was impressed to learn that in the past decade, the number of pain physicians has increased from around 1,000 to about 20,000. I also would like to acknowledge the great efforts of Dr. Xue-Jun Song, president of CASP, in enhancing communication and collaboration between CASP and IASP. IASP Executive Director Matthew D’Uva and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Dr. Han, Dr. Song, and other leaders in the pain field at Peking University.

In Shenzhen, I visited the laboratories of Dr. Song and his colleagues at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), home of the Center for Pain Medicine, the first free-standing and comprehensive center and department of pain medicine in the Chinese medical system. The development of this center has been supported by the leadership of CASP and especially the efforts of Dr. Han and Dr. Song.

Following the groundbreaking establishment of the first comprehensive center of pain medicine at Peking University in 2013, SUSTech is an important step forward for pain medicine in China. This center will integrate basic and clinical research into undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate education and training. It will include an institute of pain neurobiology, clinical centers for pain management, and a center for pain education. A planned annual conference, the SUSTech International Forum of Pain Medicine, will enable international pain leaders not only to learn about this model center but also to facilitate learning and information sharing across countries about pain research, education, and treatment.

Another highlight of my trip was visiting the department of pain medicine at Shenzhen Nanshan People’s Hospital. This department, established in 1997, is a pioneering center of pain medicine in China and a clinical research branch of the SUSTech Center for Pain Medicine. Guided by the department’s director, Dr. Dong-Lin Xiong, I particularly enjoyed meeting with patients receiving pain treatment at the hospital.

Throughout my visit, I found truly heartwarming and inspiring our hosts’ hospitality, generosity, and sincere interest in collaborating to improve pain knowledge and treatment. My thanks go to all those who made my visit so meaningful, especially professors Ji-Sheng Han, Xue-Jun Song, Dong-Lin Xiong, and Wu-Ping Sun.

I hope you will join me in congratulating our colleagues in China for having established pain medicine as a major component of medicine in their country. On behalf of IASP, I extend our best wishes for future success and continued collaboration to improve pain knowledge and therapy in China and worldwide.

Finally, I look forward to strengthening the ties between CASP and IASP, as we work together to achieve our mission of bringing together scientists, clinicians, and others to stimulate and support the study of pain and translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.

Judith A. Turner, PhD
IASP President

Dr. Xue-Jun Song, Judy Turner, Dr. Ji-Sheng Han, and Matthew D’Uva, Beijing
(from left) Dr. Xue-Jun Song, Judy Turner, Dr. Ji-Sheng Han, and Matthew D’Uva, Beijing.

                          

Judy Turner with Dr. Dong-Lin Xiong, director (front row, second from left), and colleagues from the department of pain medicine, Nanshan People's Hospital, Shenzhen.
Judy Turner with Dr. Dong-Lin Xiong, director (front row, second from left), and colleagues from the department of pain medicine, Nanshan People's Hospital, Shenzhen.

Judy Turner with (from left) Dr. Xue-Jun Song, Dr. Ru-Rong Ji, Matthew D'Uva, and Dr. Ji-Sheng Han in front of the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.
Judy Turner with (from left) Dr. Xue-Jun Song, Dr. Ru-Rong Ji, Matthew D'Uva, and Dr. Ji-Sheng Han in front of the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.
            Judy Turner presenting plaque from IASP to Dr. Ji-Sheng Han, Beijing
Judy Turner presenting plaque from IASP to Dr. Ji-Sheng Han, Beijing.