Pain and Placebo

The SIG on Placebo aims to:

  • Gather all available scientific data on placebo in its various aspects and manifestations.
  • Define the subject of placebo in pain research.
  • Evaluate placebo and its effects in the treatment of pain.
  • Stimulate the international study of placebo and its phenomena as a possibly useful mechanism.

Newsletters Meetings

Upcoming Meeting(s)

  • Pain & Placebo SIG Symposium
    Psychoneurobiological Mechanisms of Placebo Effects: Recent Evidence and Clinical Implications
    27 June 2021 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Meeting Agenda

  • SIG Business Meeting
    1 July 2021 - [12:45 - 13:45]
    World Congress on Pain | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Past Meeting(s):

  • Placebo Symposium: Harnessing Placebo Mechanisms to Improve Clinical Outcomes
    17-18 November 2017 | Sydney, Australia

  • Placebo Effects: Can They Be Enhanced in Clinical Practice? 
    26 August 2012 | Milan, Italy
Discussion Forum

Follow the steps below to access the Pain & Placebo SIG online discussion forum, Groupsite: 

  • Login into your IASP account
  • Click on "My Account"
  • Scroll down to "My Group Memberships"
  • Click on your listed SIG - "Pain & Placebo"


IASP members can use the Online Membership Directory to locate contact information for the SIG officers.

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Officers [Term 2018-2022]

Chair: Luana Colloca (USA)

Vice Chair: Andrea Evers (Netherlands)

Past Chair/Treasurer: Damien Finniss (Australia)

Secretary: TBD

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