Nine Named Honorary Members of IASP

Oct 21, 2016

The IASP Council has unanimously approved the appointment of nine distinguished individuals as Honorary Members of the association. Honorary membership recognizes an individual’s exceptional accomplishments in pain research, clinical activities, and/or education; distinguished service to IASP; and other significant impacts, including leadership in pain education, management, and relief efforts.

  • Huda H. Abu-Saad, professor of nursing science and director of the Hariri School of Nursing at the American University of Beirut. For her outstanding contributions to the study and management of pediatric pain and palliative care, her substantial educational efforts and her considerable service to the association in the fields of nursing, pain management, and palliative care.
  • Allan I. Basbaum, professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco. For his outstanding contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge on pain, his leadership role in pain education and mentorship, and his exceptional service to the association.
  • Charles S. Cleeland, McCullough Professor of Cancer Research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. For his outstanding contributions to pain research and management, particularly in the field of cancer pain, and his effort to raise awareness in cancer pain relief across the world.
  • Gerald F. Gebhart, professor of anesthesiology, medicine, neurobiology, and pharmacology and director of the Center for Pain Research, University of Pittsburgh. For his lifelong and fundamental contributions to pain research, his commitment to pain education, his exceptional mentorship, and his outstanding service to the association.
  • Jon D. Levine, professor of medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and physiological nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. For his extensive, substantive, and internationally recognized contributions to the neurobiology of pain and to the education and training of pain researchers and pain practitioners.
  • Chris J. Main, emeritus professor of clinical psychology and pain management at Keele University (UK). For his pioneering work on psychosocial approaches to pain assessment, his advocacy for multidisciplinary pain treatment, and his tireless efforts in translating the principles of behavioral pain management into psychologically informed practice approaches.
  • Ann Merriman, honorary professor of palliative care at Makerere University (Uganda). For her lifelong and tireless dedication to pain relief in Africa through Hospice Africa, an organization she founded that is now active in 21 African countries, and her continuing and determined effort to bring pain relief and palliative care to African countries.
  • Stephen Morley, professor of clinical psychology and director of the clinical psychology training program, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (UK). For his exceptional dedication to mentoring health professionals in the psychology of pain and his commitment to advancing methodologies to enhance rigor and quality of research in psychological treatments for pain.
  • John Christopher (Chris) Wells, former director of the Walton Centre pain services in Liverpool (UK). For his lifelong and outstanding service to pain medicine and his commitment to furthering the mission of the association through his work in the British Pain Society and his presidency of the European Pain Federation (EFIC), including the initiation of the European Diploma in Pain Medicine.


Watch the presentation recognizing Honorary Members at the 16th World Congress on Pain.