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John J. Bonica Prize for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in the Basic Science of Pain

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The recipient is selected by the IASP Prize Committee.

This award honoring John J. Bonica, the founder of IASP, is presented every two years to an individual who has made a major contribution to pain research or therapy.

Scope

This award is intended to create a tradition that instructs, inspires, and challenges clinicians and researchers to understand pain, and the suffering it produces, in the broadest ways possible. The recipient’s publications and teaching must demonstrate not only an expertise in their particular field but an interest in combining the insights from their work with knowledge and perspectives from other disciplines.

This award honors John J. Bonica, the founder of IASP. The award was initiated in 1984 and is presented every two years to an individual who has made a major contribution to pain research or therapy.

Prize Details

The recipient is invited to give a plenary lecture at the IASP World Congress on Pain. The recipient also receives a plaque, IASP membership, economy airfare to the Congress, Congress registration, Congress accommodation expenses and a cash award of US$2,500.

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Winners

  • 2020: Srinivasa N. Raja, MD (USA)
  • 2018: Howard Fields, MD, PhD (USA)
  • 2016: Stephen McMahon, PhD (UK)
  • 2014: M. Catherine Bushnell, PhD (USA)
  • 2012: Troels Staehelin Jensen, MD, DMSc (Denmark)
  • 2010: Clifford J. Woolf, MB BCh (USA)
  • 2008: Tony L. Yaksh, PhD (USA)
  • 2005: William D. Willis, MD, PhD (USA)
  • 2002: Allan I. Basbaum, PhD (USA)
  • 1999: Erik Torebjörk, MD, PhD (Sweden)
  • 1996: Ronald Dubner, DDS, PhD (USA)
  • 1993: Jean-Marie Besson, DSc (France)
  • 1990: Ronald Melzack, PhD (Canada)
  • 1987: Patrick D. Wall, DM (UK)
  • 1984: Edward R. Perl, MD (USA)