WCAPP Organizing Groups

IASP's Special Interest Group on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain (APP)

The SIG on AAP aims to:

  • Provide a forum for members to engage in discussion on the diagnosis and management of pain perceived in the abdominal and pelvic areas.
  • Promote a multidisciplinary approach to patients with abdominal and pelvic pain. Including the development of global guidelines in which pain, its associated distress, physical disability and associated disorders are the central subject, independent of the medical specialties (e.g. urology, gynecology and gastro-enterology)
  • Provide guidance for training in pain management in abdominal and pelvic pain and for clinics that deliver this management.
  • Disseminate up-to-date knowledge of abdominal and pelvic pain by setting up educational programs for patients and caregivers.
  • Implement modern systems (e.g. web-based maps) to propagate the guidelines for daily use in patient care.
  • Support and develop educational initiatives (including meetings) to disseminate the issues around these pains to a broader audience.

For more information, see APP website.

For 2019, APP is responsible for organizing the 4th World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain, on Saturday, 11 May – Sunday, 12 May 2019, at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel in London, UK.

Convergences in PelviPerineal Pain (Convergences PP)

Convergences PP is not a scientific society with members but a federation, the emanation of different French scientific societies concerned with chronic pelvic perineal pain. It is administered by representatives of societies of Urology (AFU), pain (SFETD), gynecology (CNGOF) and pelvic surgery (CTIS), coloproctology (SNFCP), pelviperineology (SIFUD -PP) physiotherapy and rehabilitation (SOFMER), sexology and sexual health (SF3S), dermatology and vulvar pathology (REV), perineal rehabilitation (SIREPP).

Convergences PP notably organizes a multidisciplinary meeting open to the international, in collaboration with other international societies.


International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS)

The International Pelvic Pain Society was established in 1996 with two primary objectives:

  • To educate health care professionals on how to diagnose and manage chronic pelvic pain, thereby changing the lives of patients worldwide.
  • To bring hope to men and women who suffer from chronic pelvic pain by significantly raising public awareness and impacting individual lives.

In 1995, a group of physicians met to discuss their common interest in treating one of the most difficult of clinical problems, chronic pelvic pain. From the beginning, gynecologists, urologists, physical therapists, psychologists and other health professionals have been committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of chronic pelvic pain. After two years, the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) was incorporated to serve as a forum for professional and public education.

Chronic pelvic pain affects millions of men and women. Their inability to fulfill roles of parent, spouse, or career brings them to seek medical help. Many will not respond to conventional medical or surgical treatment. Special skill in physical examination and history taking is necessary to uncover all sources of the patient's pain. New surgical and medical therapies are available which may offer hope for these long-suffering women and men.

Please join us in educating ourselves to care for these men and women. With your help, we can provide more relief and a more normal lifestyle for our patients.  IPPS website

ESNM European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility


ESNM is a non-profit society with the mission to defend the interests of all professionals in European involved in the study of neurobiology of gastrointestinal function. All officers of ESNM, provide their effort and time on a complete voluntary basis, thus making ESNM a non-profit organisation concerned solely with the well-being of patients. ESNM’s mission is:

  • To expand knowledge and interest in the field of neurogastroenterology and motility
  • To educate the younger generation of physicians in basic and clinical aspects in the field
  • To promote scientific and educational events
  • To encourage basic and clinical research in the field of neurogastroenterology and motility
  • To establish the standards for good clinical practice and patient care.