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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
  • Co-Chair: 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

Vision: 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.

Mission: 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 Jeanette Gass, GAPPA Staff Liaison.