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IASP PAIN, December 2018

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) PAIN: E-Monthly
December 2018

 IASP President Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhDAs the end of 2018 quickly approaches, please accept my thanks for your role in helping IASP achieve new heights. We:

  • held a successful World Congress in Boston with over 5000 participants;
  • celebrated an impressive increase in the PAIN impact factor to 5.559 and five-year mark of 6.458
  • announced that all content published in PAIN Reports will be indexed in PubMed Central;
  • awarded more than $250,000 in grants and fellowships
  • welcomed two new chapters (now 96 in total) in Nepal and the United Arab Emirates, and more than 1,800 new members
  • added four new SIGs (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Itch, Pain Registries, and Social Aspects of Pain)
  • received significant grants to develop a toolkit for multidisciplinary pain clinics in Southeast Asia and award up to two million dollars for pain education projects in Japan
  • offered convenient online options to renew membership for two years or enroll in dues auto-renewal;
  • named eight new honorary members
  • surveyed our African chapters to understand gaps and opportunities in pain management in the region;
  • formed three Council working groups to explore Patient Engagement, Chapter Development, and Educational Resources
  • approved a break-even budget for 2019, an exciting accomplishment for a non-Congress year, and explored options for additional external funding for projects to enhance member benefits.

Over the summer we surveyed IASP volunteers, and used the member feedback and recommendations to inform strategic discussions at our recent Council meeting in Cape Town, South Africa. Hopefully this  sends a strong signal that input from members has a significant impact on the strategic planning for IASP.

I look forward to working with you in 2019 as we continue to work together for pain relief worldwide.

My very best wishes to you and your family for happy and healthy holidays and the New Year.


Applications Open December 13 for IASP Early Career Research Grants

As part of IASP’s mission to support innovative multidisciplinary pain research and specialists, the call for submissions for 2019 Early Career Research Grants will open December 13. The program offers multiple grants of up to US$20,000 each to help develop researchers just starting their careers as independent investigators who are within six years of receipt of their final degree or completing formal profession/specialty training. Note that all applicants must be able to clearly demonstrate their independence. Closing date is February 7, 2019. Applicants should not have received a prior grant equal to or greater than the IASP Early Career Research grant.


2019 Southeast Asia Pain Camp Applications Due December 14

Last chance! Submit  your applications for the 2019 Southeast Asia Pain Camp by 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, December 14, 2018. Scheduled for April 7-11, 2019, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, this intensive residential course will be followed by the 8th ASEAPS Congress, April 11-14, 2019. The popular camp educates up to 30 health care workers about basic, interdisciplinary pain concepts and management in Asia.


There’s No Napping at NAPS!

The application process for the 2019 North American Pain School–NAPS– will open in mid-January 2019. This  experience offers education and networking opportunities with leading experts in pain for grad students, postdocs, and clinician-scientists enrolled in a pain research training program.  NAPS will take place June 23-28, in Montebello, QC, Canada.


Make the Most of Your IASP Membership Benefits
Spotlight on: Multi-year Dues Options
Did you know that IASP offers two ways to pay multi-year duesChoose to enroll in Dues Auto-Renewal during the join or renew payment checkout process, and have annual membership dues automatically charged to the credit card of your choice, or select the two-year membership renewal option. These two convenient options allow you uninterrupted access to all of your IASP membership benefits, and more time to enjoy them! No matter which one you choose, thank you for being a member!


Become an IASP Champion!
IASP thrives because of your support and your connection to the community. This year already over 334 new members joined because they were referred by a colleague, mentor, or friend. Thanks to the 232 people in our IASP Hall of Champions! Members like you are driving the future of IASP and the entire field. Our champions represent 32 countries from all over the globe. Thank you for your continued support and if you have not already, please refer a friend today!

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World Congress on Pain Save the date! 18th World Congress on Pain
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, August 4 – 8, 2020

2018 Refresher Course Syllabus Now Available2018 Refresher Course Syllabus Now Available as eBook 
Every two years, the International Association for the Study of Pain publishes a compendium of benchmark papers that summarize the current status of pain research, treatment, and management throughout the world. Presented at the 17th World Congress on Pain in Boston, Massachusetts, in September 2018, these papers represent the thinking of the world’s top pain scientists and clinicians. Special discount for members of IASP. Access it now!

World Congress on PainComing Soon! Congress Recordings: Stay tuned for more details.

In case you missed it: 2018 World Congress on Pain Highlights
Over 5,000 attendees from 96 countries attended the 17th World Congress on Pain, September 12-16, 2018 in Boston. Watch our recap video and check out our Flickr photo album to see if you can spot yourself or a colleague!

Follow @IASPPAIN on Twitter and join the #IASPCongress conversation!

2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education

2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain EducationGlobal Year for Excellence in Pain Education Webinar Series


Pain Education in Developing Countries
Experts discuss key developments and achievements in pain education in Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and sub-Saharan African nations and how e-learning can widen access to pain education for healthcare professionals and students.

Including Qualitative Research in Pain Education
This webinar introduces attendees to the 2018 IASP Global Year Qualitative Resource, an eBook titled “Including Qualitative Research in Pain Education”.

Abdominal and Pelvic Pain: Scientific Progress Vis-à-vis Clinical Evaluation and Management
This webinar provides a scientific update with clinical relevance on abdominal and pelvic pain against a backdrop of current basic research.

Interprofessional Pain Education: Moving the Agenda Forward
This webinar outlines core competencies for pain management and interprofessional collaborative teams; describe the framework and core principles of interprofessional education; and discuss examples of how interprofessional education have and can be applied to pain management learning experiences.

Education Innovations to Improve Provider Knowledge to Care for Older Persons with Pain
This webinar provides the learner with exemplars of approaches to enhance provider knowledge regarding best practices for pain assessment and management in older persons through the use of innovative education approaches.

View all past webinars.

Did you know? You can download the nine Fact Sheets from the Global Year website.
Translations are now available in ArabicChineseHungarianJapanesePortuguese, and Thai, with additional translations due to be posted soon.

Learn more about the Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education. 

Follow the #GYPainEducation conversation for updates!

IASP Journals

The December PAIN cover shows that greater deactivation of the posterior cingulate cortex (in blue with crosshairs; PCC), corresponded to higher levels of dispositional mindfulness and lower pain reports during noxious heat. For more on this, go to the article by Zeidan et al. on p. 2477.


Editor’s Choice articles from the December issue of PAIN

Pharmacological rescue of nociceptive hypersensitivity and oxytocin analgesia impairment in a rat model of neonatal maternal separation


2018 Global Year: Catastrophizing, pain, and functional outcomes for children with chronic pain: a meta-analytic review


2018 Global Year: Psychosocial factors associated with persistent pain in people with HIV: a systematic review with meta-analysis


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.

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PAIN ReportsRead the latest from PAIN Reports

Did you hear? PAIN Reports has been accepted for indexing in SCOPUS and in PubMed Central. Have you checked out the new “Subjects” page on the PAIN Reports website? Click on the subject heading to see the complete list of articles published in each of the 14 topics.

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IASP Pain Research Forum & RELIEF News

Pain Research Forum (PRF) 


Webinar: Examining the Neural Mechanisms and Molecular Targets for the Social Modulation of Pain

The IASP Pain Research Forum will host a webinar with Loren Martin, University of Toronto, Canada, on Wednesday, December 19, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern (US) time/5-6 p.m. GMT/6-7 p.m. CET.


Symptoms of Opioid Dependence Linked to Gut Microbiota

Morphine-induced changes in bacterial composition of the gut causally related to neuroinflammation and behavioral alterations in mice


A Bifunctional Opioid Is Analgesic—and Safe—in Nonhuman Primates

Dual nociceptin/mu opioid receptor agonist relieves acute pain without the potential for abuse, tolerance, or respiratory depression


A New Mechanism of Chemotherapy-Induced Painful Peripheral Neuropathy

Detrimental effects of the chemotherapeutic drug bortezomib reversed by interfering with sphingolipid metabolism in spinal cord astrocytes, according to a rodent study


Stratifying Patients for Better Pain Treatment and Care: A Chat With David Bennett

World Congress on Pain plenary speaker David Bennett discusses his path to pain research, the importance of stratifying patients, and much more.


Can You Feel the Heat? A Conversation With TRP Channel Expert Makoto Tominaga

World Congress on Pain plenary speaker Makoto Tominaga discusses his path to TRP channel research, what he’s working on now, and much more.


A Recipe for Good Pain Research: Are Patient Perspectives the Missing Ingredient?

Lauren Heathcote, a postdoctoral fellow and pediatric pain psychologist at Stanford University, discusses the role of patients in the research process.


A New Discovery That No One Knows But You: A Conversation With Arne May

World Congress on Pain plenary speaker Arne May discusses how he entered the headache field, what he likes most about his research career, and much more.

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RELIEF News Pain Research News, Insights, and Ideas 


A Diabetes Drug Corrects Pain’s Cognitive Damage

A new study offers the possibility that metformin could be repurposed to treat pain.


Pain 101: How the Immune System Influences Chronic Pain

Microglia emerge as important players in the communication between immune cells and nerve cells.


Pain 101 Podcast: Gaining Control Over Pain

Pain psychologist Beth Darnall discusses how psychological treatments can help people to ease their pain, while Michael Saenger describes an innovative program that helps veterans suffering from severe, persistent pain.


The Brain Changes During Chronic Pain—But Non-Drug Treatments Can Change It Back: A Podcast with Catherine Bushnell

In this RELIEF podcast, the NIH’s Catherine Bushnell discusses how chronic pain alters the brain for the worse, and how mind-body treatments like yoga, meditation and exercise can change it back for the better.


Gazing into the Crystal Ball of Pain Research

The future looks promising for the understanding and treatment of pain.

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Upcoming Events

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7th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain (NeuPSIG 2019)Join us for the 7th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain in London, United Kingdom, 9-11 May 2019.

Call for Poster Abstracts & Financial Aid Applications Ends December 13!

Do you have cutting-edge science to share? Don’t miss your opportunity to present an abstract at the world’s premier congress on Neuropathic Pain. Submit your poster abstract by 13 December 2018.

NeuPSIG is offering complimentary registration and travel awards to qualified applicants. Financial aid is open to NeuPSIG trainee members and members in developing countries or countries with currency exchange restrictions. Submit your application for financial aid by 13 December 2018.

Follow @NeuPSIG and #NeuPSIG2019 conversation on Twitter!

Save the date for the Abdominal and Pelvic Pain SIG meeting! 11-12 May 2019, in London, UK.

Organized around the theme “A Lifecourse and Lifestyle Approach,” the program offers three clusters of topical workshops, abstract presentations, and discussions, as well as a networking dinner. Hear top speakers from nine countries share the latest research on abdominal and pelvic pain in childhood/adolescence, reproductive age, and post-reproductive age! Save the date and plan to join hundreds of your pelvic and abdominal pain peers for this global scientific event.


APS 2019 – Your forum for innovation in pain science and management.

The 2019 APS Scientific Meeting combines a balance of clinical, translational, and basic science research around the theme “Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Innovations in the Treatment of Pain.” Register before January 31, 2019 to take advantage of early bird discounted rates. Claim your spot by December 20 and you’ll be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.  Learn more.