OUR HISTORY, MISSION, AND VISION
Why we do what we do.
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 7,000 members representing over 130 countries, 91 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.
In May 1973, University of Washington anesthesiology professor, John J. Bonica, convened an interdisciplinary group of pain researchers and clinicians to discuss the need for a professional organization dedicated to pain research and management. Dr. Bonica envisioned an egalitarian, interdisciplinary, and international forum to improve knowledge about pain, improve the education of health-care providers, and improve the care of patients. IASP was incorporated on May 9, 1974.
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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.