First North American Pain School Attracts Enthusiastic Learners

Jul 13, 2016

More than 30 trainees and an array of dynamic, internationally recognized pain investigators took part in the inaugural North American Pain School (NAPS) last month in Montebello, Quebec. An educational initiative of IASP, ACTTION, and the Quebec Pain Research Network, NAPS brought together leading pain experts and a new generation of pain researchers and clinicians around the theme, “Translational Pain Research: How to Conduct Science That Matters.”

The NAPS faculty included Jeffrey S. Mogil, Christine Chambers, Roger B. Fillingim, Nicolas Beaudet, Anne-Louise Oaklander, Petra Schweinhardt, and Michael Gold. They were joined by a visiting faculty of Karen Davis, Luda Diatchenko, Robert W. Gereau IV, Francis J. Keefe, Gary Macfarland, and Dennis Turk. In addition to the presentations and workshops from the faculty, all students gave five-minute talks about their research.

If action on Twitter is any indication, then the more one million Twitter impressions participants generated should allay any doubts about their enthusiasm for the program. Trainees and instructors sent well over a thousand tweets during the week with the #NAPainSchool hashtag, reaching 68 countries. An “online scrapbook” of the tweets, along with photos and commentary, chronicles the program. Worth scrolling through!


NAPS faculty members Petra Schweinhardt and Michael Gold practicing for the workshop on pain and sensory testing.

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