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 PAIN, April 2020


APRIL 2020
President’s Message
I hope you, your family, and your communities are remaining safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
Recently, The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) announced the 2020 World Congress on Pain has been rescheduled for 27 June – 1 July 2021.


While this difficult decision is necessary to protect our members, colleagues, and families, we understand the unfortunate impact it has on members, sponsors, and concurrent pain meetings. I want to thank members, sponsors, and other meeting coordinators for the shared understanding, support, and collaboration during this unprecedented time. It is important, especially during the present situation, that the pain community remains united to ensure focused pain management and research.


IASP recognizes the influential role the World Congress plays in your professional career and the pain industry and has been exploring creative ways to adjust the program to keep our members engaged and connected as we prepare for World Congress. For example, IASP will be providing a series of virtual meetings this fall with workshops, posters, and symposia. Further information will be released on the IASP World Congress website in the coming weeks. We look for innovative ways to bring programming to our members so that we continue to deliver the education, mentoring, and professional content that has made IASP the unique, global association it is.


Finally, I would like to thank those of you who have sacrificed time with loved ones, self-care, and your safety to provide care to those infected. Your hard work is much appreciated.


As always, thank you for your continued support of IASP, and we look forward to sharing updates on the World Congress and fall programs. 
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD 


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