IASP Day at FEDELAT Congress Extends Latin America Outreach

Nov 15, 2017

IASP launched a new educational program in October in conjunction with the Latin American Federation of Associations for the Study of Pain (FEDELAT). At the 12th FEDELAT Latin American Congress on Pain in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, IASP offered a day of programming that presented an encore selection of sessions from the 16th World Congress on Pain, held last year in Yokohama, Japan.

In so doing, IASP continued its commitment to providing the latest international research and clinical pain management information to a broad global audience. In 2014, IASP held the 15th World Congress in Pain in Buenos Aires, and more than one-third of attendees were from the Latin American region. Following that Congress, IASP returned to the region to offer high-quality educational programming in the form of the FEDELAT seminar.

The program, “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Effective Pain Treatment Seminar,” offered a balanced selection of sessions to increase the knowledge of clinicians and researchers and extend the reach of current research and treatment across multiple disciplines and career levels within Latin America’s community of pain scientists and practitioners.

João Batista Garcia, MD, PhD, FEDELAT president-elect and an IASP councilor, emphasized the importance of this inaugural program:

“IASP Day was an event of great importance for Latin America for several reasons. The first was to bring to the region the best themes of a World Congress, where so many from our region could not go because of distance, to update our region with new scientific knowledge, and to promote education in pain.”

He continued: “The second was to do that day in the middle of the FEDELAT Congress, which was a milestone because IASP has never done this before. The event showed the willingness of IASP to stay close to Latin America, strengthening a link that we have been working on for some years.”

IASP looks forward to collaborating with our chapters and federations around the world on future programs that incorporate highlights from the World Congress on Pain. 


João Batista Garcia, FEDELAT president-elect and an IASP councilor, was instrumental in bringing IASP Day to the Latin American Congress on Pain.