Message from the President
Dear Members of IASP,
You may remember my enthusiastic report last summer from the "Pain Camp" in Bangkok and the joint meeting of the South-East Asian countries entitled "Harmony against Pain." I could not help thinking how different this approach was from the recent "War against Pain" campaign which launched recently in the United States. These very different approaches to a common problem reflect the cultural richness of our Association. We should be much more interested in learning what different cultures have to offer to pain management and research. We know that patients' expectations and beliefs as well as the therapeutic interaction are crucial in successful pain management. These are strongly related to culture. More >
|From the Secretariat
Welcome Our New Executive Assistant!
Jo-Ellen Correnti joined the IASP Secretariat staff on January 4, 2012, as Executive Assistant. In this role, she will support IASP Executive Director Kathy Kreiter, as well as the IASP Leadership and the rest of the Secretariat staff.
An East Coast native, Jo-Ellen moved to Seattle several years ago for a fresh start. Before coming to IASP, she worked as an art teacher and at various companies in the private sector. Her background is in fine arts, with a bachelor's degree in Art Education from Central Connecticut State University. More >
Welcome Our New Membership Manager!
Mark Hayden Miles began his work at IASP on January 30, 2012. He is tackling the new role of Membership Manager, a position created to oversee all membership activities of IASP, including retention and recruitment efforts, relations between IASP and its 87 chapters, and support of the 19 Special Interest Groups. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to the position.
Born and raised in Seattle and a graduate of the University of Washington, Mark moved to Washington, D.C. in 1989. More >
IASP Supports Morphine Manifesto
Pallium India, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Pain & Policy Studies Group/WHO Collaborating Center at the University of Wisconsin released a Morphine Manifesto earlier this month in conjunction with World Cancer Day 2012. IASP and other leading organizations and foundations from around the world have signed this manifesto, which calls for an end to the unethical practice of promoting access to expensive opioid analgesics without also making available low-cost immediate-release oral morphine. Furthermore, it calls upon governments, health care institutions, and the pharmaceutical industry to assure the accessibility of immediate-release morphine to patients in need at a cost that the individual and the community can afford. More >
PRF Announces New Board Members
The Pain Research Forum (PRF), an interactive virtual community for researchers and clinicians, has announced its science advisory board for 2012-2013. New board members Marshall Devor (Israel), Christopher Eccleston (UK), Rohini Kuner (Germany), Stephen McMahon (UK), William Schmidt (US) and Clifford Woolf (US), all IASP members, join current advisors Alan Basbaum (USA), Kathleen Foley (USA), Joseph Martin (USA), Jeffrey Mogil (Canada), and Anne Louise Oaklander (USA) in guiding the site for the next two years. More >
ACTTION Plans 2nd Annual Scientific Workshop
The 2nd annual ACTTION Scientific Workshop will be held October 24-26, 2012, at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland. The theme of the conference will be "Preclinical and Clinical Models and Methods for Accelerating Analgesic Drug Development." The following individuals are serving as the conference Steering Committee: Ralf Baron, Dr med (University of Kiel, Germany), Allan Basbaum, PhD (University of California San Francisco), Robert Dworkin, PhD (University of Rochester), Allison Lin, PharmD, PhD (FDA), Frank Porreca, PhD (University of Arizona), Bob Rappaport, MD (FDA), Dennis Turk, PhD (University of Washington), and Clifford Woolf, MD, PhD (Harvard University). Registration information and an overview of the conference agenda are available on the ACTTION website.
March 2, 2012, Madrid, Spain
1a Jornada de Dolor Agudo – Acute Pain Symposium. The Acute Pain Group of the Spanish Pain Society (IASP chapter) is organizing a symposium oriented to chronification of postoperative pain. National and international speakers will participate. Info: Antonio Bustamante. (Tel: +34 916589734; Email: email@example.com; Web: www.sedolor.es) More >
|Grants and Awards
Grant Funds Geriatric Pain Education in China
Funded by the IASP Developing Countries Pain Education Project, a geriatric pain education program for Chinese primary health care providers in the community started in Guangzhou on December 9, 2011. Organized by Li Li, MSN, RN, at Zhujiang Hospital Southern Medical University, a group of multidisciplinary pain clinicians specializing in rehabilitation, orthopedics, oncology, and anesthesiology, as well as nursing, presented on topics related to pain in older adults specifically designed for primary health care providers. More >
Research Grant Applications Due in March
IASP funds a variety of research grants, including the annual Research Symposium, Collaborative Research Grants between two or more countries, Developed / Developing Countries Collaborative Research Grants, and Collaborative Research between the U.S. and Scandinavian countries funded by the Scan|Design Foundation BY INGER & JENS BRUUN. Application materials are due by March 15, 2012, for these awards: More >
ISSP Publishes New Magazine on Pain
The Indian Society of Study of Pain (ISSP)'s Jabalpur City Branch (MP) published its first quarterly magazine on pain medicine in time for the ISSP National Conference at Bangalore, India, February 2-5, 2012. The magazine will explore local issues regarding pain practice, types of different pain syndromes found in the Jabalpur region, and proper management of these syndromes. The editors aim to compare the atypical aspect of different conditions and probable solutions in both private and public institutions.
Serbia Holds Symposium on Neuropathic Pain
The Serbian Association of Pain Research and Treatment (SAPRT) presented the symposium, "Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuropathic Pain," in Novi Sad, Serbia, on November 18, 2011. Approximately 200 doctors from Serbia participated in the meeting. Experts on neuropathic pain from Serbia (Profs. Svetlana Simic, Dr. med, and Miroslava Pjevic, DSc, and Drs. Apostolski, Lavrnic, Konstantinovic, and Kojadinovic), Germany (Rolf-Detlef Treede, Dr. med), and Slovenia (Nevenka Krcevski, MD) presented lectures and workshops on a variety of topics in neuropathic pain. Guest lecturer, Prof. Treede, delivered lectures on "Diagnosis of Neuropathic Pain" and "Pharmacological Treatment of Neuropathic Pain." More >
Pakistan Society Celebrates World Cancer Day
The Pakistan Society for the Treatment and Study of Pain (STSP) celebrated World Cancer Day on February 4, 2012, with a seminar at Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Doctors and students who attended the seminar also watched the video, "Life Before Death." In Islamabad, a similar symposium was held at Shifa International Hospital with special guest Dr. Samar Mubarak, a member of Pakistan's planning commission for science and technology. Lecturers included Dr. Kamran Rasheed, a medical oncologist and hematologist, who discussed cancer statistics in Pakistan, and Dr. Anwar Ahmed, a clinical hematologist, who described features of brain tumors often seen in children. More >
Lebanon Meeting Looks at Neuropathic Pain
The Lebanese Society for the Study of Pain (LSSP) held a scientific meeting entitled "Neuropathic Pain: A Challenge for the Patient and Physician" on January 20, 2012, at the Faculty of Medicine, St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. LSSP President Huda Abu-Saad Huijer, RN, PhD, welcomed attendees and reported on the prevalence of neuropathic pain, emphasizing the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to neuropathic pain management. More >
Bangladesh Organizes Painless Childbirth Seminar
The Bangladesh Society for the Study of Pain (BSSP) organized a seminar, "Painless Childbirth - Labour Analgesia" on December 7, 2011, at Labaid Hospital to inform doctors and the media about safe childbirth using modern techniques of labor analgesia. Keynote speakers were Dr. Mahmudur Rahman (Laizu) on the "Management of Labour Pain" and Dr. Tania Khaled on "Labour Pains - An Overview." The event chair was BSSP President Laila Arjumand Banu, MBBS, DGO, FCPS. Panelists included Lutful Aziz, MBBS; BSSP Secretary General A.K.M. Akhtaruzzaman, MBBS, DA, MD; and Prof. Iffat Ara. BSSP's Scientific Secretary, Dr. Mohd Taslim Uddin, moderated the event.
China Chapter Helps Plan School on Pain
The Xi'an-APSN/ISN Neuroscience School, with the theme "Pain: Neurochemical, Electrophysiological and Behavioral Correlates," took place February 13-17, 2012, in Xi'an city, China. Financially supported by the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN), the school was jointly organized by the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN), the Chinese Association of Physiological Sciences (CAPS), the Chinese Association for the Study of Pain (CASP, IASP chapter), the Chinese Society for Neuroscience (CSfN), the Institute for Biomedical Sciences of Pain (IBSP), Tangdu Hospital, and The Fourth Military Medical University. IASP member Jun Chen, MD, PhD, was Chair of the Local Organizing Committee. More >
Dr. Isabel M. Franky, MD
Books by Members
Palliative Care Formulary (PCF4), Fourth Edition
By Andrew Wilcock, MB ChB, and Robert Twycross, DM, FRCP
Symptoms Oriented Pain Management
Edited by D.K. Baheti, Sanjay Bakshi, Sanjeeva Gupta, R.P. Gehdoo
2012, Jaypee Medical Publishers, India
By Jack Pinsky, MD
2011, Push Pull Press
Reminder: Pay Your Dues Online!
Online renewal is possible now for members with anniversary dates ending in December 2011 and January through June 2012. If you wish to be a step ahead, you may renew prior to receiving your dues notice. An automatic receipt will be sent to you. If your receipt is not received in a timely manner, do not assume that your payment was not successful. Contact IASP Member Services at firstname.lastname@example.org and a confirmation letter and receipt will be generated for you.
We hope you will continue your membership and participation with IASP. Because of your ongoing dedication and support, the IASP continues to be successful.
We are pleased to welcome 89 new members from 32 countries to IASP. This list is alphabetical by country and includes the period between December 1 and December 31, 2011. You will need to log in to your IASP account to view the names. More >
|Global Year Against Pain
More Translated Resources Added
Visit the Global Year pages for headache fact sheets, which are now available in Serbian in addition to English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Chinese. Also, you may now download the official Global Year Against Headache poster in French as well as English and Italian.
Submit your recent events, photos, news coverage, and other activities related to the Global Year Against Headache to share on our website at www.iasp-pain.org/GlobalYear.
|World Congress on Pain
IASP Receives Record Number of Submissions
IASP received a record number of poster abstracts and financial aid applications during the recent submission period. Applicants submitted nearly 2,200 poster abstracts for consideration for poster presentations at the 14th World Congress on Pain in Milan, surpassing the previous record of 2,056 for the 2010 Montreal Congress. In addition, 680 individuals applied for financial aid applications, exceeding the 2010 record total by 100 applicants.
The Scientific Program Committee will review poster abstracts, and the Financial Aid Working Group is scoring the financial aid applications. Both processes will be completed in early April, and decisions will be sent via email to applicants by the middle of the month.
Register Now to Save on Congress Registration!
Register now for the 14th World Congress on Pain to realize huge savings! Prices increase on May 1, 2012. IASP members save 32% if they register before the deadline.
This year's Congress takes place August 27-31, 2012, at the Milano Convention Centre in Milan, Italy. Situated near the lake district of northern Italy, Milan's pivotal position between Rome and northwestern Europe created a vibrant commercial, industrial, and cultural crossroads throughout history. Milan takes pride in such must-see attractions as the Duomo, one of the world's largest Gothic cathedrals; one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous works, The Last Supper; and the famed opera house, La Scala. For more tourism ideas, see our Visiting Milan section on the Congress website. More >
Garcia-Larrea to Deliver First Melzack Lecture
The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) of the 14th World Congress on Pain selected Luis Garcia-Larrea, MD, PhD (France), to deliver the first Ronald Melzack Lecture, a new honor sponsored by the Louise and Alan Edwards Foundation. In 2010, the IASP Council created the new accolade to be presented at each Congress in honor of IASP Honorary Member Ronald Melzack, for his work and contributions to the science of pain. More >