Over the past month, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has had several important developments. The revised IASP definition of pain has just been published in the PAIN article: “The revised IASP definition of pain: concepts, challenges, and compromises.” The article also includes the associated commentary by President Lars Arendt-Nielsen and Immediate Past President, Judith Turner. This achievement for IASP is a major step in contributing to the association’s mission and will lead to improved patient assessment and management of patients with pain. I want to thank Srinivasa Raja for chairing the task force and to all the members for their dedication and participation over the course of this two-year initiative. We have also promoted the ten-year anniversary of the IASP Declaration of Montreal, which recognizes access to pain management as a fundamental human right. It is important we focus on this important declaration as we continue to advance pain treatment and management.
In addition, the Cannabis Task Force is about to complete their work on the IASP statement on cannabis, which will soon be circulated. Thank you to Andrew Rice for leading the effort as chair of the task force. As mentioned over the previous months, the IASP Virtual Series on Pain & Expo will begin in September and continue through March, providing a wealth of educational opportunities including lectures, workshops, and poster presentations. I’m so thankful to the IASP staff and volunteers who, in a very short time and under difficult circumstances, have managed to establish this extraordinary event.
The unfortunate and unprecedented situation over the last five months has sparked a lot of creativity and innovation. I am proud of how fast IASP has been able to adapt and implement new initiatives for our members and the pain community.
Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Dr. Med., PhD