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, December 2019


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Your Participation Impacts the World

As an IASP member, it is your support, commitment, and active participation in the community that helps bring IASP’s vision—working together for pain relief throughout the world—to life. During my final year as president, my vision has focused on conveying how IASP’s benefits extend far beyond its members. IASP members help improve pain treatment and management for those suffering worldwide, and we do so by coming together to learn, share, and advance the pain field. Engaging patients in this journey is now an integrated strategy of IASP. We should all be proud of belonging to a community that may change the life for the millions suffering from chronic pain.

The IASP World Congress on Pain offers a unique opportunity to connect with more than 6,000 colleagues from around the world and across disciplines. I look forward to this event every other year, as it is a true testament to the power of the community. Multidisciplinary professionals come together to share the most innovative science and clinical updates through plenary lectures, topical workshops, poster presentations, hands-on workshops, and more. At #IASP2020, you’ll gain access to trustworthy research and science from the leading global experts in pain, and better science means better patient outcomes.

I strongly encourage each one of you to attend this world-class event. Registration is now open; you can take advantage of early discounts through 18 March 2020. Your active participation at the IASP World Congress brings you closer to a community of like-minded individuals with one common goal: relieving pain across the globe. Join us for this event to maximize your IASP benefits and help make a difference for the many patients suffering from pain.
See you in Amsterdam!
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD


IASP World Congress
2020 World Congress Registration Now Open
Access the most innovative scientific updates and clinical practices in the field. Don’t miss the largest global multidisciplinary meeting on pain. Early registration discounts end on 18 March 2020. LEARN MORE
Early Career Research Grant Applications Now Open
The IASP Early Career Research Grant facilitates the development of young researchers just starting their careers as independent investigators.
Financial Aid
Open 16 December 2019: Financial Aid for World Congress
As part of its mission, IASP provides financial aid to help those with limited resources attend the World Congress on Pain. LEARN MORE

IASP Day at FEDELAT Congress

IASP Councilors presented highlights from the World Congress on Pain during the FEDELAT Congress in Mexico City. LEARN MORE
Call for Poster Abstracts: Open 16 December 2019
Present your work to more than 6,000 experts from around the world. Submit a poster abstract to be considered for presentation at the IASP 2020 World Congress on Pain, open 16 December 2019. LEARN MORE
Applications for NAPS 2020 Now Open
Apply for the North American Pain School (NAPS) 2020 program in Quebec, Canada. NAPS brings together leading experts in the fields of pain research and management to provide a unique educational and networking experience for the next generation of basic science and clinical pain researchers. Deadline is 14 February 2020. LEARN MORE
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Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Chapters

Pain in Older Persons
Assist this SIG in developing its educational strategy by taking their survey on the topic of assessment of pain in older persons. TAKE SURVEY
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
CRPS is interested in collecting data on typical presentations of CRPS and/or on usual management in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, China, or the Middle East to help inform discussions during their half-day satellite meeting during Congress. If you treat patients with CRPS in one of these populations and have collected any data, please share it by contacting IASP for further instructions. Data collected from participants are confidential. CONTACT IASP
Belgian Pain Society
The Belgian Pain Society has appointed André Mouraux as the new President of the IASP Chapter. Prof Mouraux is an MD, PhD, neurologist, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and President of the Institute of Neuroscience (IONS) at UCLouvain. LEARN MORE
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Coming Soon in 2020

2020 Global Year for the Prevention of Pain
2020 is IASP’s Global Year for the Prevention of Pain. Look out for new resources, fact sheets, webinars, and more as the 2020 Global Year theme begins. LEARN MORE
Grant and Fellowship Opportunities
IASP Developing Countries Project: Open 8 January 2020
This grant supports the improvement of pain education and practice in developing countries. LEARN MORE
IASP Collaborative Research Grants: Open 8 January 2020
For international interdisciplinary pain research collaborations between at least two countries with an emphasis on collaborations among basic, translational, and clinical scientists. LEARN MORE
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Editor’s Choice Articles | Publications

PAIN, December 2019
PAIN Journal

PAIN Reports, November/December 2019

Special Issue
Read all 11 articles featured in the Special Issue on Pain in the Developing World (Guest Editor, Daniel Ciampi de Andrade) READ SPECIAL ISSUE
Pain Reports
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Register Today
Registration to attend World Congress is now open. Be sure to renew your IASP membership to receive the best rates. REGISTER HERE 
Poster Abstracts: Submit a poster abstract, beginning on 16 December 2019. Don’t forget to review the guidelines! LEARN MORE
Financial Aid: Apply for financial aid, beginning on 16 December 2019. LEARN MORE
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Coming Soon: 2020 Global Year for the Prevention of Pain
2020 is IASP’s Global Year for the Prevention of Pain. Look out for new resources, fact sheets, webinars, and more as the 2020 Global Year theme begins.
Featured Fact Sheet
Palliative Care for the Older Person in Pain
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As an IASP member, enjoy exclusive access to a living library of on-demand educational resources through the IASP Pain Education Resource Center (PERC).
Access recordings from previous IASP World Congresses, webinars, and more, plus, earn CME credits!
Resource Spotlight
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How Expectations Shape Pain Perception

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the role of motivation in promoting behavioral responses to noxious stimulation
  • Describe how motivations that conflict with pain behaviors can modulate perceived pain intensity
  • Know the top down circuits that exert bidirectional control over ascending nociceptive pathways
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A Brain Pathway for Headache Pain Aversiveness A new study identifies a circuit from the periaqueductal gray to the ventral tegmental area that encodes aversiveness in a rat model of headache.
I Want to Hold Your Hand (to Ease the Pain) A new study shows that romantic partner touch reduces pain intensity and unpleasantness, and engages sensory and emotional brain regions, in female volunteers.
A New Role for Lysozyme in Neuropathic Pain Evidence from rodent and human tissues shows that increased lysozyme expression after nerve injury causes neuronal excitability and pain-like behavior.
PRF Papers of the Week See PRF’s weekly review of the pain research literature, including basic science, translational and clinical pain research studies.

An Unattractive Creature Provides Some Beautiful Insights About Pain—or the Lack of It From the Horn of Africa to the highveld of South Africa, some mole-rat species are insensitive to certain kinds of pain. A new study shows why.
Keep At It: Improving an Old Strategy to Find New Treatments for ItchEvidence from animals and human nerve cells points to a protein in the spinal cord as a potential treatment target for itch.
A New Initiative to #SeePainMoreClearly in Patients with Dementia: An Interview with Thomas Hadjistavropoulos A recently launched social media campaign aims to raise awareness and improve assessment and management of pain in people with dementia.
How Well Is Pain Being Managed Throughout the World? At the 2018 IASP World Congress on Pain, representatives from international patient organizations shared new survey data and insights about the global management of pain.
Belgian Pain Society: Young Researchers Day
5 March 2020 | Brussels, Germany
New Zealand Pain Society Conference 2020
19-21 March 2020 | Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand
31 March-3 April 2020 | London, United Kingdom
Australian Pain Society Annual Scientific Conference
5-8 April 2020 | Tasmania, Australia

Canadian Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting 
19-22 May 2020 | Calgary, Alberta
SPS &SKG Annual Congress 2020
1-2 October 2020 | Bern, Switzerland