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Romy Parker, PhD



Associate Professor, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, Western Cape Department of Health

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  • Pain, Mind and Movement SIG
  • IASP Committee on Committees
  • IASP Presidential Task Force on SIG Governance Review
  • IASP Task Force for the Global Year Against Pain
  • Pain Research Forum Editorial Board


South Africa


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My work in the pain field is an extension of my personal goal – that every person in South Africa has access to a healthcare professional who understands pain. My work in pain includes laboratory, clinical, education, and implementation research. I lead a team of clinician researchers working in both perioperative pain and chronic pain management. Our aim is to develop, test and implement effective, culturally appropriate and sustainable treatments. My personal focus is on chronic pain in people living with HIV, exploring epidemiology, pain mechanisms and non-pharmacological interventions using education and exercise for implementation at the primary healthcare level.

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