Social Aspects of Pain

The Social Aspects of Pain SIG (SocSIG) aims to:

  • Raise awareness and understanding of the social context of pain within the IASP community and the community at large

  • Provide a forum for interdisciplinary researchers with a common interest in social aspects of pain and pain management to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and discuss advances in our understanding of social contributors to and consequences of acute and chronic pain

  • Foster collaboration between basic and clinical researchers to demonstrate ways in which social factors can be harnessed to improve pain management

  • Facilitate international and interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers and clinicians with a common interest in the social context of pain

The SocSIG plans to achieve these aims by:

  • Bringing together groups of researchers to conduct systematic reviews of socialinterventions for acute and chronic pain management
  • Providing a discussion forum for clinicians and researchers to connect with each other 
  • Holding satellite meetings and workshops at bi-annual IASP World Congress Meetings
  • Promoting meetings, workshops, symposia, and events that are relevant to SIG members

If you have any questions about this new SIG, please contact the IASP office at 1-202-856-7400 on Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern U.S. Time or by email at

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Officers [Term 2018-2020]

Chair: Claire Ashton-James (Australia)

Vice Chair: TBD

Past Chair: TBD

Treasurer: TBD

Secretary: TBD

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