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.

IASP, December 2021

Over the past 12-months, IASP was busy working to support our members, through the pandemic, with the latest in pain research and education.
Most notably, IASP hosted the Virtual World Congress on Pain over six days in June 2021. The 68 sessions were viewed live and on-demand more than 45,000 times by 7,000 participants. We are looking forward to an even more successful World Congress on Pain, being held in-person in Toronto and online everywhere,  19-23 September 2022.
Please stay tuned for our regular updates on the 2022 World Congress on Pain!
In addition, IASP brought virtual webinars to our members through programs like the Pain Research Forum and campaigns like the Global Year about Back Pain. The Global Year webinars had more than 9,000 attendees and helped researchers, clinicians, and those living with pain better understand the nature of back pain and the utility of available treatment modalities.
On the subject of COVID-19 and Pain, IASP offered virtual education with the two-part COVID-19 and Pain series featuring 13 sessions. Our COVID-19 and Pain sessions series has been a great success with more than 5,000 views. Due to this success, the program has been translated into Spanish, with Arabic and French translations coming in January.
We are very proud that, in 2021, IASP launched a new website and branding. The website is more user-friendly and focuses on the member experience. The new IASP branding reflects our dynamic and diverse global member community. Please visit the website frequently for updates, and give us feedback, if you like.
In September, IASP participated in Pain Awareness Month with a social media campaign that reached more than 70,000 people. With your help, IASP highlighted innovations in pain research and relief to users all over the world.
And, 2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year for IASP. IASP is busy with planning for the 2022 World Congress on Pain, with abstracts and registration opening in January. IASP will also launch the 2022 Global Year: Translating Pain Knowledge to Practice. Furthermore, we are preparing to kick-off our 50th anniversary celebration, and we will be launching several new projects to facilitate working together for pain relief throughout the world.

Happy Holidays,
Claudia Sommer, MD

12 January: COVID – 19 Arabic Offering
On 12 January, IASP will release the “Long Hauler COVID-19 Pain Morbidities and Their Management,” educational program in Arabic. This complementary virtual program will discuss COVID-19 and the long-term impact of the disease on chronic pain.
Available Translations
•    English sessions
•    Spanish sessions
Upcoming Translations

•    12 January release of the Arabic sessions
•    27 January release of the French sessions
Nominations for Three Grants and One Fellowship Open Early 2022
IASP provides grant and fellowship support for members’ pain research and education projects. Nominations for three IASP grants and one Fellowship will open January – March.
The nomination schedule is:
25 January – 25 March:
1 February – 8 April:
15 February – 15 April:
15 March – 19 May:
Start preparing your materials today and visit the IASP website for more information about the program.
Global Year about Back Pain Year In Review
The 2021 Global Year about Back Pain was filled with information about a wide variety of back pain topics. IASP:
•    Produced 18 fact sheets that were translated into 15 languages.
•    Hosted seven webinars with more than 8,000 attendees.
•    IASP has named 2022 the Global Year for Translating Pain Knowledge to Practice. A series of 15 fact sheets are in production, and a webinar schedule will be released early next year.
Interested in submitting a webinar proposal, please fill out the submission form. Watch your email for the official launch on 19 January 2022.

GAPPA UPLiFT Conference
GAPPA held its first virtual UPLiFT Conference last month. The event brought together people living with pain, researchers, and clinicians to learn more about the equitable integration of the lived experience of pain into research and management. Participants learned about topics ranging from sickle cell pain to peer support to empowerment. Visit the website to join GAPPA and gain access to UPLiFT recordings.

Dr. Melita Giummarra
Dr. Melita Giummarra, Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia. Dr. Giummarra has been an IASP member for 15 years. She joined to attend the 2005 World Congress on Pain to gain access to the support offered to trainees and has remained a member due to the impactful work of IASP. Dr. Giummarra serves as an executive committee member of the Ethical and Legal Issues in Pain SIG, which has allowed her to establish herself as a mid-career researcher, diversify her symposia and workshop skills, and connect with researchers around the world. Read more about Dr. Giummarra.
Become an IASP Member 
IASP is an international organization comprising members from more than 100 countries, working together for pain relief throughout the world. Become an IASP member and receive:

  • Access to innovative research via Pain Research Forum
  • On-demand education for pain professionals through Pain Education Resource Center
  • Access to the PAIN journal, ranked 4th in Anesthesiology in 2020 with an Impact Factor of 6.961
  • Connection to a global community of pain professionals through:
o    25 Special Interest Groups
o    96 National Chapters worldwide
o    4 Global Federations
The December 2021 Issue of PAIN Available
The December issue of PAIN, includes five Editor’s Choice articles, a piece on IASP’s 2021 Global Year about Back Pain, and an editorial about the state of the journal’s psychology section authored by current and recent editors.