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Council Task Force

Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy (GAPPA) Task Force


[Term 2018-2022]

Co-Chair: Joletta Belton, USA and Blair Smith, United Kingdom
Guilherme Barros, Brazil
Arão Belitardo de Oliveira, Brazil
Jolanta Bilińska, Poland
Michael Falcon, USA
Ian Gilron, Canada
Hussain Jafri, Pakistan
Zubaidah Jamil Osman, Malaysia
Miriam Kunz, Germany
Eugenie Lee, Australia
Keith Meldrum, Canada
Ranjit Kaur Pritam Singh, Malaysia
Pamela Katz Ressler, USA
Saurab Sharma, Nepal
Michele Sterling, Australia
Jennifer Stinson, Canada
Joop van Griensven, The Netherlands
Frank Wille, The Netherlands
Mary Wing, Australia
Shigeki Yamaguchi, Japan


Working together to improve the lives of people affected by pain through effective and equitable integration of the lived pain experience into all aspects of pain research, management, education, and advocacy, across the world, for all people.


Bringing together patient advocates, patient organizations, scientists, clinicians, healthcare providers, and policymakers to create better outcomes in the awareness, understanding, research, teaching, assessment, and management of pain throughout the world.

The charge of this task force is to create a strategy and tactics to support the goal of the IASP Council to create an alliance of global patient advocates. Responsibilities include researching and recommending an appropriate governance structure to incorporate the voice and experience of patients into IASP programming and planning; reviewing and recommending membership models that will allow patient advocates to engage with IASP; identifying and recommending SIG engagement points for patient advocates; identifying current chapter engagement with patient advocates and incorporate current success practices into the overall IASP strategy; recommending a process whereby the patient voice and perspective is regularly incorporated into the World Congress on Pain and other IASP programs.

For more information on the activities of the Task Force, visit RELIEF, the sister site to IASP’s Pain Research Forum, that brings the latest scientific developments into simple language for the understanding of patients and the wider public. 

For questions on GAPPA programming, to sign up for our mailing list, or to get involved in any other way, please email Benjamin Farrell, GAPPA Staff Liaison.

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