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: New Leaders Elected, June 2016 e-Newsletter

Three Officers, Five Councilors Elected to IASP Leadership
Terms begin at World Congress for President-Elect Lars Arendt-Nielsen of Denmark, Treasurer Allen Finley of Canada, Secretary Michael Nicholas of Australia, and five Councilors: Sushma Bhatnagar (India), Serge Perrot (France), Andrew Rice (UK), Emiko Senba (Japan), and Michele Sterling (Australia).

Volunteer for an IASP Working Group or Committee
Here is your chance to actively support IASP by joining one of our committees or working groups or volunteering your skills and expertise on a special project.

IASP Latin American Pain Camp Now Accepting Applications
The event in Mexico City, October 10-14, features Latin American and international pain-management experts. The preliminary program is now available, and registration is open.


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Do you have a late-breaking poster abstract you would like considered for the World Congress? Here’s what to do.

>> 70 Topical Workshops Now Scheduled
>> 8 Satellite Symposia Highlight Special Interests
>> Emirates and Oneworld Air Travel Discounts
>> Tour Yokohama, Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara, or Mt. Fuji and Hakone

Three New Books From IASP Press

Mechanisms and Management of Pain for the Physical Therapist, 2nd editionKathleen A. Sluka, ed., thoroughly covers the wide range of issues requiring the interdisciplinary management of pain.

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Pain and the Conscious Brain, Luis Garcia-Larrea and Philip L. Jackson, eds., brings together more than 30 leaders from multiple fields to link the complex concept of pain to the equally complex notion of consciousness. 

Whiplash Injury: Perspectives on the Development of Chronic Pain, Helga Kasch, Dennis C. Turk, and Troels S. Jensen, eds., offers state-of-the-art information on the biopsychosocial factors involved in the development and course of chronic pain after whiplash.  

Are you working on a book and looking for a publisher? Consider publishing with IASP Press!



June Edition of PAIN Is Now Available. Editor’s Choice articles include:

>> Mesolimbic dopamine signaling in acute and chronic pain: implications for motivation, analgesia, and addiction
>> Preliminary validation of the Michigan Body Map (Video)
>> Trends and predictors of opioid use after total knee and total hip arthroplasty (Global Year)
>> Brain activations during pain: a neuroimaging meta-analysis of patients with pain and healthy controls
>> Experimental manipulations of pain catastrophizing influence pain levels in patients with chronic pain and healthy volunteers (Video)

>> PAIN Pictured: Pain and infection: pathogen detection by nociceptors

Download the 50 most cited articles in PAIN in 2015.

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PAIN Reports, IASP’s New Open Access Journal, Is Now Accepting Submissions
The new multidisciplinary journal, which launches in July, will publish articles that advance clinical, applied, and basic research on pain. Brief reports, clinical and basic science research reports, case reports,clinical guidelines, and meeting proceedings are among the article types the journal welcomes. The submission site is now open.


Global Year Against Pain

Joint Pain LogoPlan to Attend the Global Year Satellite Symposiumat the World Congress, held in association with the SIG on Musculoskeletal Pain. View the program for “Is Joint Pain Unique or Does it Share Common Features with Other Musculoskeletal Pain Conditions?”

Read Part 2 of the interview with Lars Arendt-Nielsen and Serge Perrot, co-chairs of the Global Year Against Pain in the Joints.

Fact Sheets: 21 Available in 14 Languages
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SIG and Chapters Corner

Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain Celebrates Pain Clinic’s 25 Years
Great progress, collaboration with local health officials on nation’s Madeira Island are recognized during three-day conference in April.

Australian Pain Society
In May, a Public Forum launching the Global Year Against Pain in the Joints in Darwin, Australia, included several speakers as part of the scientific meeting of the Australian Rheumatology Association. The Arthritis Foundation of South Australia has postedvideos of three presentations from the forum — Pain in Childhood Arthritis, Pain in Adult Inflammatory Arthritis, and Pain in Osteoarthritis. In addition, the Australian Pain Society posted a video to its Global Year webpage.

President’s Message

Pain Medicine in Portugal: A Success Story with Some Effort
The Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain (APED) has many reasons to celebrate this year. Three pain centers have 25th anniversaries, and the country launched the first action plan against pain 15 years ago in June 2001.

I attended the anniversary symposium of the Multidisciplinary Center for Pain Medicine in Funchal, Madeira, and was impressed to see a lively audience of more than 200 delegates from many professions and specialties, including general practitioners with an interest in research.

I recommend that all IASP members look at theAPED website. It contains many useful documents (some translated from IASP documents), milestones of APED’s advocacy efforts and achievements (it is humbling to see that change does not always happen rapidly), and a range of activities with other IASP chapters.

Please also read the report on the IASP website by APED President Dr. Duarte Correia.

>> ICD-11 Update
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, has accelerated plans for the new International Classification of Disease (ICD-11). An initial version will likely be ready before October, and the ICD Revision Conference will take place October 12-14, in Tokyo.

The IASP Task Force on Pain Classification for ICD-11 finalized the details of the structure of pain diagnoses on June 13. These new diagnoses are intended as either the only diagnosis (e.g., chronic primary pain) or as a co-diagnosis paired with another etiology-related diagnosis (e.g., chronic neuropathic pain and diabetes). You can learn about ICD-11 and the task force’s progress on the new page on our website. Comments from members are highly welcome.

In late May, at the World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) in Kuala Lumpur, I was able to discuss with Drs. Christoph Gutenbrunner,Gerold Stucki, andJohn Melvin which functional properties of the International Classification of Functioning (e.g., emotional functions, sleep functions, carrying out daily routines) will be cross-referenced in the pain diagnoses of ICD-11. I greatly appreciate the help of IASP CouncilorMary Cardosa andUrairat Siriwatvejakul of the Malaysian and Thai chapters of IASP, who also attended this meeting.

Rolf-Detlef Treede
IASP President