17th World Congress on Pain

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World Congress on Pain® is returning to North America in 2018. The Congress has not been in this region of the globe since 2010. This is the premier Congress for pain specialists. It will attract thousands of specialists from all over the world to discuss the latest information in the field of pain, from laboratory science to clinical diagnosis, management, and prevention. 

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August 2017 – Call for Satellite Symposia Applications Open
October 2017
– Special Early Registration Opens
November 2017 – Call for Proposals Topical Workshops and Satellite Meetings Open
December 2017 - Call for Proposals Topical Workshops and Satellite Meetings Deadline
January 2018 – Regular Early Registration Open
February 2018 – Call for Poster Abstracts and Financial Aid Open
March 2018 – Topical Workshops Schedule Announced
March 2018 – Call for Poster Abstracts and Financial Aid Deadline
May 2018 – Poster Abstracts Schedule and Financial Aid Awards Announced
May 2018 – Regular Registration Open

Scientific Program Committee

Scientific Program Committee plans, directs and supervises the Congress' scientific program content. They develop the overall Congress schedule, review and rate the proposed technical workshops and plenary sessions and suggest and help implement ways to increase the Congress' appeal to particular groups such as trainees, primary care physicians or potential delegates from the developing world. The committee provides continuous feedback throughout the Congress planning cycle, assists in the review of submitted poster abstracts, and develops the selection process for Congress special lectures.


Chair: Michael Gold, PhD Claudia Sommer, MD
Sushma Bhatnagar, MD Xuejun Song, MD, PhD
Cathy Cahill, PhD Michele Sterling, PhD
Mario Campero, MD Jennifer Stinson, PhD
Isabelle Decosterd, MD Laura Stone, PhD
Patrick Dougherty, PhD Peter Svensson, DDS PhD
Robert Edwards, PhD Camilla Svensson, 
Maija Haanpää, MD Judith Turner, PhD
Giandamenico Iannetti, MD PhD Takahiro Ushida, MD
Peter Kamerman, PhD Marteen Van Kleef, MD, PhD
Judith Paice, PhD Ramani Vijayan, FFARCS, FANZCA
Esther Pogatzki Zahn, Prof. Dr. med. Mark Wallace, MD

Local Arrangements Committee

Local Arrangements Committee makes recommendations regarding venues/entertainment for Congress functions, solicit local sponsorship for Congress activities, act as hosts during Congress, provide guidance to ensure Congress non-scientific content reflects local culture and that delegates have a memorable experience, work with IASP staff on local logistical issues, provide continuous feedback throughout the Congress planning process.

Chair: Robert Edwards, PhD
Jane Ballantyne, MD, FRCA
Charles Berde, MD, PhD
Daniel Carr, MD
Roy Freeman, MD, ChB
Charles Inturrisi, PhD
Nathaniel Katz, MD
Jianren Mao, MD, PhD
Srdjan Nedeljkovic, MD
Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, FRCP
Philippe Séguéla, PhD


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