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, January 2020

President’s Message
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Happy New Year, and welcome to the 2020 Global Year for the Prevention of Pain, where we will focus on primary, secondary as well as tertiary prevention. With the hope of achieving better patient outcomes and contributing to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) mission of working towards global pain relief, this year’s theme seeks to educate pain researchers, clinicians, and the public, on best practices for pain prevention across disciplines.
As pain professionals, we have the duty of communicating pain prevention methods to patients and the general public, ensuring proper and adequate care of those suffering from chronic pain. We have the responsibility of responding to patient needs and equipping them with tools to manage their pain and improve their quality of life.

Patient engagement has been an important priority in IASP’s strategy. The Global Alliance of Pain Patient Advocates (GAPPA) has been integrated into various IASP activities and will be an important element of Global Year activities.Geared towards researchers, clinicians, and pain sufferers, the exciting lineup of 2020 Global Year resources include fact sheets, webinars, events, and more. Additionally, PAIN and PAIN Reports will feature Global Year themed articles in each issue. All Global Year content, including featured PAIN and PAIN Reports articles, will be freely accessible; I encourage you to share them widely.

In the last year, IASP has strategically improved engagement with the 94 local IASP chapters, and I invite you to participate in chapter initiatives. By distributing IASP materials, translating resources into your local language, hosting an event, or contributing to IASP webinars or resources, you will help 2020 Global Year have a powerful impact.

Pain prevention is critical to pain relief, and I look forward to seeing how the 2020 Global Year for the Prevention of Pain manifests in IASP’s 47th year of working towards global pain relief.

Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD


IASP World Congress
Last Chance: Submit a Poster Abstract for #IASP2020
Present your work to more than 6,000 experts from around the world at#IASP2020. Submit a poster abstract, closing 15 January. LEARN MORE
Welcome to the 2020 Global Year for the Prevention of Pain
Check our website for new, freely accessible fact sheets, webinars, and more, uploaded throughout the year. 
Financial Aid
Collaborative Research Grants Now Open
Grants of up to US$15,000 are available for international interdisciplinary pain research collaborations between at least two countries. LEARN MORE

Developing Countries Pain Education Grants Now Open

Several grants, up to US$10,000, are available for projects to improve pain education and practice in developing countries. Applications close 17 March 2020. LEARN MORE

Early Career Grants Open Until 5 February

Apply for a US$20,000 grant, which aims to facilitate the development of young researchers within 6 years of their final degree. Applications close 5 February. LEARN MORE

NAPS Applications Open Until 14 February

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

Editor’s Choice Articles | Publications

PAIN, January 2020
PAIN Journal
A Special Message
On behalf of the Section Editors of PAIN, Editor-in-Chief Francis Keefe wishes to acknowledge and thank all the reviewers who have given their time and expertise to review articles for the journal. READ MORE

PAIN Reports, November/December 2019

A Special Message
David Yarnitsky, Editor-in-Chief, PAIN Reports, on behalf of the Section Editors, would like to thank all the reviewers who have provided their time and expertise to review articles for the journal this year. READ MORE
Pain Reports


Register Today
Register to attend World Congress in Amsterdam. Be sure to renew your IASP membership to receive the best rates. REGISTER HERE 
Poster Abstracts: Submit a poster abstract, and get your work in front of thousands of pain experts. Submissions close 15 January. LEARN MORE
Financial Aid: Apply for financial aid. Applications close 15 January. LEARN MORE

2020 World Congress Award Winners Announced

Ronald Dubner Research Prizeb
Ulf Lindblom Young Investigator Award for Clinical Science
Patrick D. Wall Young Investigator Award for Basic Science
Award for Excellence in Pain Research and Management


Welcome to the 2020 Global Year for the Prevention of Pain! Look out for new, freely accessible resources, including fact sheets, webinars, and more. #GlobalYear2020
Are you interested in translating fact sheets? IASP is looking for volunteer translators to contribute to Global Year by translating resources to reach a more global audience. All translated languages are welcomed and appreciated. CONTACT IASP
Featured Resource
Tips for planning a Global Year Event


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

Assessing and Managing Pain in Intensive Care Unit Patients: Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement
Upon completion of this session, attendees will:
  • Understand and feel confident applying evidence-based pain assessment tools and general pain management principles to critically ill patients
  • Understand the current adoption of pain guidelines by different healthcare professionals and appreciate the barriers to effective implementation within the critical care environment
  • Gain an understanding of using a quality improvement framework to address pain in intensive care and have skills translatable to other clinical environments


A New Mechanism of Medication-Overuse Headache A mouse study reveals that nitric oxide maladaptively activates Nav1.9 channels in a medication-overuse headache model.
Let the Countdown Begin: The Top 10 PRF News Stories and Papers of the Year—and the Decade News stories on pain classification and pain definition come out on top in 2019.
PRF Papers of the Week See PRF’s weekly review of the pain research literature, including basic science, translational and clinical pain research studies.

The Countdown Is On: The Most Popular Content on RELIEF in 2019 A two-part feature article on differences between the sexes in the pain system takes the number one spot.
The Experience of Chronic Pain: Many Dimensions, Lots of Uniqueness At the 2019 North American Pain School, psychologist and pain researcher Robert Edwards focused on how psychological factors contribute to chronic pain.
Understanding Pain Through Lived Experience Childhood cancer changes the pain experience for survivors and parents.


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