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The International Association on the Study of Pain (IASP) is the leading global organization supporting the study and practice of pain and pain relief. IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, health care providers, and policymakers from around the world in pursuit of their mission to bring relief to those who are in pain.

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Our Mission

IASP brings together scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.

Mission and Inclusion

Working Together for Pain Relief Throughout the World

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) works to support research, education, clinical treatment, and better patient outcomes for all pain conditions. For nearly 50 years, IASP has been a leading global authority on pain and continues to be the largest multidisciplinary association in the field of pain. With more than 6,000 members representing over 125 countries, 96 national chapters, and 24 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), IASP fosters the exchange of ideas and education to stimulate and support the study of pain and to translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are organizational priorities of IASP and programming must ensure representation of all members. IASP encourages and promotes participation, accessibility, active representation, and leadership from diverse populations, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, disability, age and religion. Beyond promoting diversity, the association promotes an environment that is supportive of all diverse groups in the interest of advancing science.


IASP Leadership

Learn more about the governance of IASP and how members advance our organization’s mission.

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IASP Staff

Meet our team of professionals that oversees all aspects of IASP and supports your membership activities.

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IASP Elections

IASP leadership is comprised of members elected by their peers in order to keep leadership accountable, diverse, and relevant.

Participating in the election is a benefit to members in good standing and helps shape the direction of the organization.