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IASP’s 50th Anniversary: A Podcast with Louisa E. Jones

Lincoln Tracy

24 May 2024

PRF Interviews

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Editor’s note: In 2024, IASP is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, culminating at the IASP 2024 World Congress on Pain. To highlight this milestone, IASP is reflecting on its history and the advances and contributions made by its members over the past 50 years. Throughout the remainder of 2024, Pain Research Forum will be providing a series of podcasts featuring senior leaders in the field who have made major contributions to pain research and management, including those with major roles at IASP.  

In this episode of the IASP-PRF Podcast, Lincoln Tracy spoke with Louisa E. Jones – who occupied a pivotal role in the foundation of IASP. During their chat (initially recorded in 2021), Louisa spoke about the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to pain research and management, some of the “underrecognized” contributors to IASP’s evolution, and the impact of IASP’s pain terminology and curricula on the development of more effective science communication. To learn more about Louisa and the beginnings of IASP, be sure to check out her book – First Steps: The Early Years of IASP (1973-1984).

Podcast participants include:

  • Louisa E. Jones, Washington, USA
  • Lincoln Tracy, PhD, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

This podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts here and Spotify here.

Louisa E. Jones played a critical role in the foundation and development of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). As a founding member of IASP, Jones has served many roles in the organization, such as executive secretary, editor for research publications, and treasurer. Her hard work behind the scenes – from editing manuscripts to being a key organizer of the International Symposium on Pain in 1973, the interdisciplinary meeting at which the IASP was founded – has been vital to the growth of the pain research field. She is also the author of First Steps: The Early Years of IASP 1973-1984, a set of memoirs published and distributed in conjunction with the 13th World Congress on Pain in Montréal, Canada. 

Lincoln Tracy, PhD, is a researcher and freelance writer from Melbourne, Australia. You can follow him on X – @lincolntracy.

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