Upcoming Pain Schools
The IASP Southeast Asian Pain Management Camp is an inter-professional residential education program in Pain management funded by the IASP and run by the Association of Southeast Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS).
Since 2011, five Pain Camps have been run before the biennial ASEAPS Congress in Bangkok, Singapore, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Malaysia. The program has had a positive impact on pain education and practice to a total of 145 healthcare professionals from ASEAN countries and other LMICs in Asia including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Mongolia.
In 2023, The Thai Association for the Study of Pain (TASP) is organizing the 6th IASP-Southeast Asian Pain Management Camp followed by the 9th Association of Southeast Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) Congress.
The North American Pain School (NAPS) brings together leading experts in pain research and management to provide a unique educational and networking experience for the next generation of basic science and clinical pain researchers. NAPS offers opportunities for scientific education, professional development, and connections with peers in a setting far removed from the lab, steeped in the character and culture of Quebec.
Yearly programs will have a different theme and will bring together 30 trainees with six dynamic, internationally recognized pain investigators from around the world and NAPS permanent faculty for an intensive four-day workshop.
The European Pain School (EPS), founded at the University of Siena (Italy) in 2002, is the first and still the premier school intended for students working on basic science and clinical topics related to acute and chronic pain. EPS has an interdisciplinary perspective and a distinct research orientation. Young scientists at the Ph.D. or postdoctoral levels (or equivalent) in all fields of pain science and pain medicine are encouraged to apply.
The Australian Pain Society has established painSTAR - the Pain School for Translation And Research. painSTAR aims to bring together the brightest lights in early career and expert pain researchers.
Create a ‘Pain Think Tank’ to drive innovation; have committed and spirited minds in one place to define problems and identify avenues to find solutions; have access to latest results and discuss emerging trends; enable cross-disciplinary collaborations between researchers, clinicians, consumers, and industry in order to grow translational thinking.
painSTAR will do this by bringing together enthusiastic and skilled early career researchers from wet- and dry-lab research, from clinical areas, and from community areas. We will ‘hot house’ them with expert mentors from across the globe (travel restrictions permitting), and engage them with consumers (people living with pain) and industry to create a collective immersive experience that traverses from the benchtop to the bedside and beyond; facilitating the translation of research findings into clinical practice and the community.
Latin American Pain Camp is a four-day educational program, held in Guayaquil-Ecuador from 5 to 8 July, divided into three sections. The first section includes a theoretical approach featuring master talks with renowned speakers. The second addresses the theoretical-practical approach. Finally, the third section is an analysis of clinical cases, allowing for global medical education. Latin American Pain Camp is oriented toward the training of management from acute to chronic pain, with a holistic concept from the basic to the complex.
The number of students is limited to 30, 15 from the organizing country and 15 from the rest of Latin America. The folders will be submitted for evaluation by the Pain Camp committee, and the selected candidates will be notified as soon as possible.
Please note: Pain Camps are in-person experiences not easily replicable in the virtual environment. We look forward to providing information about future pain camps when public health guidelines and local organizing committees determine they can be held safely.
Past Pain Schools and Camps
Past Pain Schools
Held from April 7-11, 2019, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, this intensive residential course was followed by the 8th ASEAPS Congress April 11-14, 2019.
The pain camp aimed to boost understanding of pain concepts and the basics of interdisciplinary pain management for health care workers starting pain services or working in pain and related fields in Asia. Learning objectives included improving participants’ knowledge of pain pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management using a biopsychosocial approach; providing an impetus for pain practitioners in Asian countries to develop multidisciplinary pain management infrastructure or to enhance existing infrastructure; fostering closer collaboration among Asian pain practitioners; and raising the level of care for Asian pain patients.
The most recent was held in Santiago, Chile, November 19-22, 2018.
The IASP PMC-Chile 2018 was a 4-day intensive course, whose main objective was to initiate and / or update health professionals on the approach of patients with pain, in basic and clinical subjects, and in an interdisciplinary way. It was aimed at health professionals who want to start pain services or who are already working with patients with chronic pain, both in medical specialties and in other health professions. The program included topics relevant to the day-to-day clinical practice of pain, as well as others aimed at the educational and organizational aspects of health services for pain management.
The European Pain School (EPS2018), an educational project of IASP, took place in Siena, Italy, June 10-17, 2018.
Young scientists at the Ph.D. or postdoctoral levels (or equivalent) in all fields of pain science and pain medicine were encouraged to apply. The theme of the meeting was "CNS Versus PNS Contributions to Persistent Pain." The European Pain School (EPS) was the first and is still the premier school intended for students working on basic science and clinical topics related to acute and chronic pain. EPS has an interdisciplinary perspective and a distinct research orientation.
The International Pain Summer School in South America addressed mechanisms mediating the transition between acute pain and chronic, pathological pain and how these are modulated by, and in turn, modulate societal factors. This pain school also focused on interrogating, discussing, and debating the structure-function properties of neural circuits that are of key importance to acute and chronic pain and how they are dynamically altered over the course of pain chronicity.
The school incorporated refresher courses, special lectures, methods-oriented workshops, trainee talks, debates, and direct one-to-one interactions with dynamic and inspiring international faculty. Another key aim was to promote scientific and cultural exchange between South American scientists and the international pain community.
The IASP-ISSP Multidisciplinary Evidence-Based Pain Management Program was a partnership between the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the Indian Society for the Study of Pain (ISSP), bringing together experts from multiple specialties to provide a unique education and training experience for health-care professionals in India.
The program provided an interactive, participatory, educational experience for health-care workers in India who are interested in pain management. The curriculum included fundamentals of pain physiology and pathophysiology and practical concepts of the assessment, diagnosis, and interdisciplinary management of acute and chronic pain conditions. The program covered topics relevant to day-to-day clinical practice in small-group sessions, and provided learning materials and tools to help manage patients with a broad spectrum of pain states. The course took place over a six-month period, with three two-day in-person sessions at two sites, Delhi and Mumbai. The most recent programs were held in March, May, and July 2017.
Other Education Opportunities
IASP has gathered information from various sources on programs for continuing education in pain. These may be fellowships, degree programs, distance-learning programs, web-based training, and so forth. Inclusion in this list does not imply IASP endorsement of these programs or courses, unless otherwise specified. To learn more, please view Graduate Opportunities.