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IASP PAIN, April 2019

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International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) PAIN: E-Monthly
April 2019

 IASP President Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD

Message from the IASP President

Last summer I performed a survey among some of our most active volunteers to find out what they would like to see from IASP, and the number one wish was more educational material.

I am incredibly excited to announce the debut of IASP’s new member benefit, the IASP Pain Education Resource Center, or PERC for short, which provides on-demand education for all IASP members.

I am confident that PERC will be valuable for continuing pain education. This dynamic new platform houses a plethora of learning resources, including IASP World Congress recordings. Resources are searchable by specialty, making it easy to find the education you want and need. And since all resources are available on-demand, you can learn anytime, anywhere.

PERC resources are completely FREE for IASP members. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are also available for only US$30 per certificate.

The IASP Pain Education Resource Center is a living library of pain education resources that will continue to grow and evolve. New resources are being added; the next updates will be from the 7th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain and the 4th World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain.

PERC is supporting the study of pain by making world-class science accessible to pain professionals around the world.

Start exploring PERC today at

Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD
IASP President

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NEW IASP Member Benefit: Pain Education Resource Center (PERC)

Access world-class science anytime, anywhere. This continually growing library of on-demand educational resources includes IASP World Congress recordings, webinars, and more – exclusively for IASP members! ACCESS PERC.

IASP Fellowship Offers US$100,000 to Trainee Pain Researcher
Attention Trainees: Apply by 9 May for the prestigious 2019 IASP John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship which recognizes an outstanding IASP student pain researcher pursuing either clinical or basic science research under the guidance of a mentor. The fellowship recipient must prove PhD completion (or equivalent) and be in an early stage of his or her career. LEARN MORE.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the Pain Management Training Fellowships
Dr. Quyen Van Than of Vietnam and Dr. Kim Ros Arun of Cambodia have been selected as the 2019 recipients of one-year Fellowships in Pain Management Training at Mahidol University, Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Offered jointly by IASP and the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists, this hands-on training provides multidisciplinary skill development and knowledge about pain management and treatments to two outstanding clinical trainee committed to improving the assessment and treatment of pain in low-resource countries.

Congratulations to the Recipient of the 2019 Latin American Fellowship
Josue Pasco, MD, an anesthesiologist at Hospital Santo Tomás in Panama, has received the 2019 Latin American Fellowship in Pain Medicine and Palliative Care (“Fellowship” en Medicina del Dolor y Cuidados Paliativos). Dr. Pasco will get the opportunity to work closely with top pain experts at the Pain Clinic at the National Cancer Institute of Mexico to diagnose and treat several chronic pain conditions in cancer and non-cancer pathology. He will also get trained in regional procedures in acute pain medicine and rehabilitation. IASP is proud to partner with FEDELAT on this opportunity.

Belgian Pain Society and Doctors Without Borders Organize Meeting on Pain in Victims of Conflicts, Tortures, and Refugees
The Belgian Pain Society and the international humanitarian medical NGO, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), organized a thematic symposium on “Pain in victims of conflicts, tortures and refugees” on February 21th in Brussels at the MSF premises. READ MORE.

7th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain, 9-11 May in London, UK

Learn from top experts in the neuropathic pain field and network with pain professionals from around the world at #NeuPSIG2019! The Congress will feature a variety of different workshops, lectures, and posters on topics like diabetic neuropathic pain, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathic pain, and more.

Speaker Highlights:

Nadine Attal, MD,
PhD (France)

Translational Neuropathic
Pain Research
Stephen Waxman,

Mutations in Human
Voltage Gated Sodium
Channels and Pain
Martin Schmelz, MD

Neuropathic Pain
and Itch
Dr. Waxman was recently featured in an article in the New York Times. Read it here.


New: Hands-On Workshops

Neurophysiological Methods in the Assessment of Neuropathic Pain in Humans: Presenters will demonstrate different neurophysiological approaches to understand the physiology and pathophysiology of pain-related structures along different territories of the somatosensory system. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice the methods that explore the nociceptive pathway from the receptor to the brain through pain-related evoked potentials.

Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST): QST is a method for diagnosing peripheral nervous system disorders, including chronic pain and pain related to various diseases, such as Diabetes and CRPS. Learn about the determining of sensation and pain thresholds for cold and warm temperatures, and the vibration sensation threshold by stimulating the skin and comparing the results to normative values in this hands-on session.

4th World Congress on Abdominal and Pelvic Pain

11-12 May 2019  |  London, United Kingdom

Network with leading global experts and discuss the latest research and developments in the abdominal and pelvic pain fields at #WCAPP19. Presentations will focus on pain research and management from a lifecourse and lifestyle approach.

Topics include childhood & adolescence, reproductive age, post-reproductive age, diet & the microbiome, sleep & stress, and exercise.


World Congress on Pain SAVE THE DATE
IASP 2020 World Congress on Pain
4-8 August 2020  |  Amsterdam
Call for Symposia Proposals & Call for Hands-On Workshop Proposals opening soon.

Join the conversation on social media with #IASPCongress.

2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable

IASP 2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable IASP has committed its 2019 Global Year Against Pain to the theme of Pain in the Most Vulnerable. Its scope focuses on four patient groups identified as particularly high risk for inadequate assessment and management: pain in children, older adults, survivors of torture and war, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Join IASP in the fight against pain the most vulnerable! Get involved by accessing and sharing FREE resources such as a fact sheet series, webinars, collections of PAIN and Pain Reports articles, and vetted solutions that address the common communication barriers between these patients and health care providers. READ MORE

View FREE Global Year Webinar Recording: Pain in Childhood

IASP Journals

Editor’s Choice article from the February issue of PAIN

Kappa opioid signaling in the central nucleus of the amygdala promotes disinhibition and aversiveness of chronic neuropathic pain

Did you know? Single sign-on allows you to login to with your IASP username and password. The benefit of single sign-on is that you have a better online reading experience and increased security, while reducing the need to remember multiple passwords.

Follow #PainJournal on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn!

Editor’s Choice article from PAIN Reports
PAIN Reports is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal.

Social support buffers the negative influence of perceived injustice on pain interference in people living with HIV and chronic pain

Want to submit an article to PAIN Reports? IASP members get a substantial discount on submissions! Learn more.

IASP Pain Research Forum & RELIEF News

Pain Research Forum (PRF)

Probing the Intersection of Sleep and Pain with Brain Imaging
Sleep loss leads to increases in activity in the somatosensory cortex and decreases in the insula, thalamus, and nucleus accumbens

How the Brain Distinguishes Different Types of Touch
A new study in healthy volunteers shows significant differences in brain processing of self-produced versus other-touch

Removing Damaged Nerves: A Potential Role for Natural Killer Cells in Neuropathic Pain
NK cells degenerate injured axons and may help to reduce pain from nerve injury in mice

A Neural Ensemble in the Amygdala Makes Pain Unpleasant
A new mouse study identifies a brain circuit in the basolateral amygdala that encodes the affective but not somatic aspects of pain

Webinar: Microglia and Pain
Sign up now for this April 25th event to listen to Duke University’s Ru-Rong Ji discuss some of the latest thinking about the contributions of microglia to pain

From Endocrinology, to Pain, to Pain Education: A Conversation With Daniel Carr
2018 World Congress on Pain plenary speaker Daniel Carr discusses his journey in the pain field, his interest in pain education, and his work with the US National Pain Strategy.

Back (Pain) to the Drawing Board: Pain Education as a Treatment—A Chat with Lorimer Moseley
Lorimer Moseley discusses the causes of back pain, the need to incorporate pain education into the treatment of back pain, the Pain Revolution, and more.


Follow #PainResearchForum on Facebook and Twitter!

RELIEF News Pain Research News, Insights, and Ideas 

Heard It Through the Grapevine: Can Music Ease Pain?
Researchers at the 2018 IASP World Congress on Pain in Boston discussed how music affects the brain, and its potential as a pain treatment.

How Antidepressants Ease Pain from Nerve Injury
A new study identifies two different ways in which antidepressant medications can help improve neuropathic pain.

Ensuring That Pain Research Makes a Difference
At the 2018 World Congress on Pain, pain psychologist Christine Chambers showed what successful “knowledge translation” using social media can look like.

Peering into the Black Box of Migraine and Facial Pain
At the 2018 World Congress on Pain, headache researcher Arne May described progress in understanding migraine and facial pain.

Follow #ReliefNews on Facebook and Twitter!

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8th ASEAPS Congress in Malaysia | April 11-14 2019

ISPP 2019: 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain
16-20 June 2019, Basel, Switzerland
Hosted by the IASP Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood

EFIC 2019 | 11th World Congress of the European Pain Federation

September 4-7 2019 | Valencia, Spain
The congress of the European Pain Federation gives access to leading lecturers and a scientific program consisting of the latest evidence-based and best-practice-based medicine in all relevant disciplines in the field of pain management. Register Now.