PainSA is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Our mission is to improve all aspects of pain management in Southern Africa.

Education & Events Newsletter: World Congress Early-Bird Registration Closes 1 June

Register by 1 June to Receive the Early-Bird Discount 
The early-bird registration deadline to attend World Congress is 1 June. Don’t miss your opportunity to connect with more than 7,000 scientists, clinicians, and healthcare providers from around the world and across disciplines at the world’s largest gathering of pain professionals. Register before 1 June to receive the early-bird discount.

Submit a Late-Breaking Poster Abstract
The deadline to submit a late-breaking poster abstract 3 June. Poster abstract authors have the opportunity to present their research to more than 7,000 multidisciplinary attendees in person and online from over 100 countries at World Congress.

Register to Attend Pre-Congress SIG Symposia
Special Interest Group Symposia at World Congress provide attendees an in-depth exploration of their specific discipline, including recent discoveries and the latest in research developments in their particular area of interest.
Neuropathic Pain
SIG Symposium
SIG Symposium
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome SIG Symposium 
Aki Hietaharju, MD (Finland)
Claudia Sommer, MD (Germany)
Margarita Calvo MD, PhD (Chile)
Annina Schmid, PhD (UK)
Srinivasa Raja, MD (USA)
Robert Gereau, III, PhD (USA)
Patrick Dougherty, PhD (USA)
Steve Davidson, PhD (USA)
Simon Haroutounian, MD (USA)
David Bennett, PhD (UK)
Angelika Lampert (Germany)
Nanna Finnerup, MD (Denmark)
Michael Gold, PhD (USA)
Theodore Price, PhD, (USA)
Alex Chamessian, MD (USA)
Andrew Briggs, MD (Australia)
Mary Barbe, PhD (USA)
Carla Stecco, MD (Italy)
Eric Schoomaker, MD, PhD (USA)
Theoharis Theoharides, MD, PhD (Cyprus)
Norman Marcus, MD (USA)
Heather Tick, MD (Canada, USA)
Feng Pan, PhD (Australia)
Renato Martens (Brazil)
Peter Wayne (USA)
Arya Nielsen, PhD (USA)
Hans-Georg Schaible, MD, PhD, (Germany)
Helene Langevin, MD
Janne Gierthmuehlen  (Germany)
Frank Huygen (Netherlands)
Daniel de Anrade (Brazil)
Norman Harden (USA)
Andreas Goebel (UK)
Christian Maihoefner (Germany)
Monika Halika (UK)
Lone Knudsen (Denmark)
Sharon Grieve (UK)
Janet Bultitude
Jenny Lewis

Pain in Childhood
SIG Symposium 
Orofacial and Head Pain
SIG Symposium 
Social Aspects of Pain
SIG Symposia 
Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD (USA)
Suellen Walker, MD (UK)
Michelle Meiring, MD (South Africa)
Anna Taddio, PharmD (Canada)
Marsha J. Treadwell, PhD (USA)
Lorenzo Fabrizi, PhD (UK)
Marco Battaglia (Canada)
Kathryn Birnie (Canada)
Christine Chambers, PhD (Canada)
Barry Sessle
Richard Ohrbach (USA)
Maria Pigg (Sweden)
Chris Peck (Australia)
Ambra Michelotti (Italy)
Lene Baad-Hansen (Denmark)
Luke Henderson (Australia)
Paulo Conti (Brazil)
Satu Jääskäleinen (Finland)
Andreas Themistocleous (UK)
Amanda Williams (UK)
Tor Wager (USA)
Rebeccah Slater (UK)
Kenneth Craig (Canada)
Kai Karos
Jeff Mogil (Canada)
Line Caes
Claire Ashton-James (Australia)
Roger Fillingim (USA)
Michael Nicholas
Flavia P. Kapos (USA)
Owen Williamson (Australia)

Pain and Placebo
SIG Symposium 
Acute Pain
SIG Symposium 
Methodology, Evidence Synthesis, and Implementation SIG Symposium 
Andrea Evers (Netherlands)
Fabrizio Benedetti (Italy, Switzerland)
Tor Wager (USA)
Luana Colloca (USA)
Lene Vase (Denmark)
Christian Buechel (Germany)
Ulrike Bingel (Germany)
Ben Colagiuri (Australia)
Sigrid Elsenbruch (Germany)
Winfried Rief (Germany)
Julia Schmitz (Germany)
Damien Finniss (Australia)
Patricia Lavand’home, (Belgum)
Esther Pogatzki-Zahn (Germany)
Winfried Meissner (Jena)
Deb Gordon (USA)
Babita Ghai (India)
Jane Quinlan (UK)
Brona Fullon (Ireland)
Joel Katz (Canada)
Eija Kalso (Finnland)
Rebecca Slater
Chris Eccleston (UK)
Andrew Moore (UK)
Emma Fisher (UK)
Michael Merraro (Australia)
Neil O’Connell (UK)
Amanda Williams (UK)
Tonya Palermo (USA)
Sebastian Straube (Canada)

Pain Education
SIG Symposium 
SIG Symposium: AM Sessions
SIG Symposium: PM Sessions 
Value of Screening Trials in Neuromodulation Therapies 

Beth Hogans (USA)
Mary Cardosa
Judy Watt-Watson (Canada)
Sailesh Misra
Beth Hogans (USA)
Babita Ghai (India)
Sailesh Mishra (UK)
John Markman, MD
Helena Knotkova, PhD
Eellan Sivanesan, MD
John Markman Rochester (USA)
Harsha Shantana (Canada)
Sam Eldabe Middlesbrough (UK)

Pain, Mind, and Movement
SIG Symposium 
Stefan Wirz (Germany)
Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor (Nigeria)
Tosin Adekeye
Jordi Perez (Canada)
Tolu Alugo (Canada)
Catherine Bushnell, PhD
Francis Keefe, PhD
Register for Pre-Congress Refresher Courses
Refresher Courses at World Congress provide attendees with opportunities to learn the latest information on an array of topics that are critical to the study of pain.
Register for Pre-Congress Hands-On Workshops
Hands-on Workshops at World Congress provide attendees the opportunity to practice the latest methods and gain hands-on experience to better apply the techniques to their working practice.
19 May: Application Deadline for the John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship
The John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship was established in 1998 in memory of the founder of IASP to support training in all aspects of pain research. One Fellowship is given each year for $100,000,  distributed over the course of 2 years.

29 July: Application Deadline for the Non-Human Pain SIG Trainee Research Project Award
The Non-Human Pain SIG Trainee Research Project Award supports training in all aspects of pain research in non-human species and the use of spontaneous animal disease for studying mechanisms and the alleviation of human pain. The recipient will recive a $10,000 grant to further the study of pain in non-human animals.

IASP PRF Webinars: Rita Allen Foundation Award in Pain Scholars
Register for the 24 May and 27 May webinars featuring the Rita Allen Foundation’s 2021 Class of Award in Pain Scholars.
These webinars celebrate four early-career leaders in the biomedical sciences whose research holds expectational promise for revealing new pathways to understanding chronic pain. IASP and PRF are excited to host two webinars to learn more about their work to expand the understanding of chronic pain and its widespread societal impact.

Presentations by:

  • Aaron Mickle, PhD, University of Florida, USA
  • Nicole Scheff, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, USA

  • Gregory Corder, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Gwendolyn Hoben, MD, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

IASP is an international organization comprising members from more than 100 countries, working together for pain relief throughout the world. Members receive:
  • Access to innovative research via Pain Research Forum
  • On-demand education for pain professionals through Pain Education Resource Center
  • Access to PAIN journal, ranked 4th in Anesthesiology in 2020 and an Impact Factor of 6.961
  • Connection to a global community of pain professionals through:
    • 25 Special Interest Groups
    • 9 National Chapters
    • 4 Global Federations

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