IASP Welcomes Three New SIGs

Jan 18, 2019

The IASP Council has approved the formation of three new Special Interest Groups (SIGs): Itch; Pain and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; and Pain Registries.  While the new SIGs will officially be SIGs-in-formation until they are ratified by the IASP membership at the next General Assembly in 2020, IASP members are invited learn more about their missions and goals on the IASP website, and join the SIGs today. 

Aims and goals for Itch SIG:

  • Provide a forum for members to engage in discussion on itch — its basic mechanisms and translation to clinical treatment
  • Advocate for basic science and translational research on itch 
  • Foster community among itch researchers and clinicians at IASP through membership and socials
  • Facilitate scientific exchange on itch through the promotion of meetings.
  • Further synergistic interactions between IASP and IFSI (International Forum for the Study of Itch)
  • Cultivate an integrative approach based on interactions and overlap between itch and pain concerning mechanisms, psychophysics, experimental tools and treatment


Aims and goals for Pain and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities SIG

  • Provide education and resources specific to pain assessment and management in this vulnerable and complex patient population.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary knowledge exchange to advance awareness of the problem of pain for individuals with IDD within IASP and in consult with other national and international associations.
  • Encourage the examination of the underlying mechanisms of chronic and acute pain specific to individuals with IDD who may have altered or compromised physiological systems.
  • Promote multidisciplinary and multi-site research collaborations.
  • Support the identification and implementation of strategies, programs, and learning opportunities that support the goal of improving pain management for individuals with IDD internationally.


Aims and goals for Pain Registries SIG:

  • Provide guidance on best practice in developing pain registries
  • Represent pain registries within IASP.
  • Support collaborators from medical centers, worldwide, to join or initiate pain registries for procedures, therapies or services
  • Initiate and advance registry-related projects.
  • Guide on funding to support the further expansion and development of registries.
  • Encourage collaborators to present their findings at IASP meetings
  • Promote registry-based trials
  • Encourage existing medical registries (unrelated to pain specifically) to include some "agreed" standard pain outcomes as a minimum