IASP awards grants to Li Li, PhD, RN (China), Pinar Yalcin Bahat (Turkey), Rinkle Hotwani (India), Romy Parker, PhD (South Africa), Shemila Abbasi, FCPS (Pakistan), and Subrata Goswami (India) as part of the IASP Developing Countries Project: Initiative for Improving Pain Education.
The IASP Developing Countries Project provides grants of up to $10,000 that support improving pain education and practice in developing countries. These grants can be used for:
- Combining practical instruction with the latest research
- Developing written teaching materials
- Creating online learning programs
- Developing or implementing policy changes on pain education and practice in hospitals, universities, governments, or other places
Li Li, PhD, RN, is Director of Clinical Nursing Education and Research Section at Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China. She has conducted pain-related research, disseminated pain knowledge through education, and implemented evidence-based practice since 2001. Thanks to the funding from the IASP, she can pursue her work on a Pain Education Program for Nurses in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Guangdong Province, China: Using the Knowledge-to-Action Framework.
Pinar Yalcin Bahat, MD, PhD, is a Gynecologist in Turkey. She is continuing her doctorate in “Pain in Gynecology” in the Neuroscience, Doctorate Program of Acıbadem University and became an Associate Professor in 2021. Main areas of interest include Chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome. She has many national and international articles and is also a member of the Advisory Board of Endometriosis & Adenomyosis Society. Her grant will be used toward a project dedicated to learning steps to healthy menstruation.
Rinkle Hotwani, MPT, is a Physical Therapist, Educator, Clinician and Professional Public Speaker. She holds an MPT in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and working as Director and professor in MGM School of Physiotherapy, Aurangabad, India. She is currently a PhD student at MGMIHS Navi Mumbai, India. Her grant will fund A Multidisciplinary Educational Training Course for Physical Therapists on managing common musculoskeletal pain conditions in Maharashtra, India.
Romy Parker, PhD, is a Professor and Director of the Pain Management Unit in the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Parker is the course convener of the Postgraduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary Pain Management, the first program of its kind in Africa. Her grant will help publish her work “Pain Stories: Learning about pain and pain management through the lived experience of pain” as an open access textbook.
Shemila Abbasi, FCPS, is a Pain Physician working at Aga Khan University Hospital. She is trying to enhance knowledge of “Pediatric pain assessment and management” in her country. To this end, Dr Abbasi will fund her project, Enhancing the Role of Ultrasound-Guided Regional Blocks for Pediatric Pain Management in a Low-Middle Income Country, with her grant.
Subrata Goswami MBBS, FIPP, PhD, is the Founder and Endowed Chair (Pain Medicine) of the ESI Institute of Pain Management. He is also Deputy Director (Medical), Department of Labour, Government of West Bengal, India. He was the National Vice President of ISSP (Indian Chapter of IASP) in 2017-18. Dr. Goswami will use his grant to further his work on Training of Primary Physicians and General Practitioners for Implementing a Low-Back Pain Evaluation and Management Guideline Developed by a Team of Multi-Disciplinary Experts into Clinical Practice Covered Under ESI(MB) Scheme in West Bengal, India.