IASP Councilors Engage Colleagues in India on Neuropathic Pain

Dec 9, 2015

More than 150 delegates from across India joined IASP Council members in New Delhi for a program, "International Neuropathic Pain Update 2015: Basic Mechanisms to Therapeutic Advances." The meeting, designed to complement the Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain, was held under the auspices of IASP, the Indian Society for Study of Pain, and the Indian Association of Palliative Care and was a highlight of programming connected to IASP’s November Council meeting.

India Lamp LightingThe event was organized under the leadership of Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar and Dr. Ashok Kumar Saxena along with their team of pain physicians from all over the country.

The event began with the lamp-lighting ceremony aimed at dispelling darkness and welcoming wisdom and knowledge. Excellent and informative scientific sessions included lectures from several IASP Council members.

Among the many presentations:

  • IASP President Rolf-Detlef Treede informed the gathering of activities of the 2015 Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain.
  • IASP Past-president Fernando Cervero spoke on "Spinal Cord Hyperexcitability and Chronic Pain."
  • IASP Secretary Srinivasa Raja discussed the "NeuPSIG Recommendations for Interventional Therapies for Chronic Neuropathic Pain."
  • Councilor Claudia Sommer addressed the "Role of Cytokines and Skin Biopsy in Chronic Neuropathic Pain."
  • Councilor Karen Davis presented a talk on "Brain Abnormalities in Trigeminal Neuralgia."
  • Councilor Jeff Mogil enlightened the audience with his talk on "Sex Differences in Chronic Neuropathic Pain and Pain Inhibition."
  • Councilor Rolf Baron delivered his talk on "Individualized Pharmacological Treatment of Chronic Neuropathic Pain."
  • India delegates coffeeCouncilor Michael Rowbotham  delivered a lecture on "Current Concepts in the Basic Understanding of Acute Herpes Zoster and Post-Herpetic Neuralgia."
  • Councilor Ian Gilron enlightened the audience with his talk on "Combination Therapies for Chronic Neuropathic Pain."
  • Councilor Michael Nicholas spoke on "Prediction and Prevention of Chronic Pain Following Acute Trauma."

"The best part was listening to the research experience of neurology experts in the field of neuropathic pain," commented a Dr. Prashant, one of the attending delegates. "Dr. Rowbotham’s talk was really enlightening for us, as we are not exposed to such patients in our center," he added.

India picIn addition to the speakers from the IASP Council, Dr. Saxena spoke on “Global Evidence and Indian Perspective of Pain Genes Expressions and Modulation Following Pulsed Radio Frequency Application in Post Herpetic Neuralgia.” Following Dr. Saxena’s lecture, Dr. Bhatnagar delivered an extensive talk about neuropathic pain in cancer patients in India and the challenges pain physicians face in treating cancer associated neuropathic pain in the developing part of the world. And Prof. P.N. Jain enlightened the audience with his talk on "Chemotherapeutic-Induced Neuropathic Pain: Global Evidence, Current Concepts, and Future Perspectives."India dancer

"All the sessions were eye-openers for budding pain physicians and researchers," said Dr. Kalpajeet, a senior resident from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences who attended the sessions from beginning till the end.

Along with the academic sessions, a grand welcome dinner was hosted at Dr. Bhatnagar’s residence for the IASP Council and other guests. The dinner included a rich Indian cultural program, full of color and enthusiasm. Guests danced to the tunes of Bollywood songs and enjoyed the show.

All who attended the neuropathic pain update program left enlightened, eager for a return engagement, and with positive feedback for organizers. The program sponsors—Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, INTAS, Wockhardt, Aristo Pharma, and Modi Mundi Pharma—were thanked profusely.

Top to bottom: IASP Secretary Srinivasa Raja participates in the opening lamp-lighting ceremony with (from left) IASP President Rolf-Detlef Treede, Dr. V. Palsule, Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, and Dr. Ashok Kumar Saxena. Two delegates at a coffee break between sessions of the neuruopathic pain conference. Dr. Bhatnagar delivers her lecture during the conference. And one of the entertainers delighted guests at the dinner with a colorful costume and dance.