The Denise-Albe Fessard Award is given for distinguished service to IASP. Dr. Denise-Albe Fessard was a French neuroscientist best known for her basic research into the central nervous system pain pathways, clarifying the distinction between lateral and medial thalamic pain processing. Fessard served as the first President of IASP from 1975-1978.
The IASP Prize committee agreed that it is meaningful to have this award named for an early female leader of IASP and for the award to be given to a contemporary female leader of IASP.
The recipient is invited to give a plenary lecture at the IASP World Congress on Pain. The recipient also receives a plaque.