William D. Willis, Jr. was a neuroscientist who studied how pain travels through the body by carrying out research on how the neurons in your brain react when presented with a stimulus. He was an Honorary Member and Councilor of IASP. This award was created in 2019 to honor his legacy and recognizes significant accomplishments in basic science pain research.
The awardee must be an active member of IASP with a significant accomplishment in basic science pain research who has not received this or any other IASP distinguished lectureship.
The recipient is invited to give a plenary lecture at the IASP World Congress on Pain. The recipient also receives a plaque, economy airfare to the Congress, Congress registration, and Congress accommodation expenses, and a cash award of US$2,000.