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, September 2021


I am excited to be the first to introduce you to the new IASP newsletter! PainClaudia_Sommer_280x280_2006890.png Community is the latest part of our ongoing commitment to supporting member education, careers, and research. As you know, IASP launched a new website and logo to revitalize the brand and continues implementing new online tools to enhance the member experience.
The new dynamic branding design represents IASP as a global organization, and our updated website will serve our members’ work and dedication to pain relief better than ever before.
You can learn more about our new logo and how it represents IASP in the launch announcement.
September is Pain Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is #PainCounts. IASP wants to help to raise public awareness around pain, pain management, and the great work pain professionals are doing by driving a social media awareness campaign centered around:
Be a part of this campaign by using and sharing the resources we post on social media or those on the new IASP website with the hashtag #PainCounts.
I look forward to advocating for pain awareness this month with all of you.
Claudia Sommer, MD

What’s New?

Submissions are Open for the World Congress Prizes and Awards
Submission are open for three prizes and one award, honoring outstanding levels of achievement in pain research and relief worldwide by individuals and teams at all career stages. Submissions are being accepted through 20 October.
Apply for the Fellowship in Clinical Pain Management
IASP is accepting applications for the Fellowship in Clinical Pain Management in Mexico City. This fellowship provides ethical, responsible, and interdisciplinary training in pain medicine in Latin America. Visit the IASP website for more information on fellowship eligibility and application guidelines before 30 September.

Meetings Update

Register for IASP’s Elevating Healthcare Professions and Available Resources – the Latest on COVID-19 and Pain is Underway!
This virtual series has started but you can still register and participate in sessions today and tomorrow. Register and explore various aspects of COVID-19, including the role of the healthcare provider and the review of the current science on management. 25.5 CE/CME credits are available. IASP would like to acknowledge and thank GlaxoSmithKline for its provision of grant support to independently develop this virtual COVID-19 and Pain educational course.
Register for “Long Hauler” COVID-19 Pain Morbidities and Their Management
Register for the 30 September, virtual event that will explore how pain in acute and early convalescent COVID-19 should be managed and how current knowledge around pain management can be applied to the long term care of COVID-19. 4.5 CME/CE credits available.


Emílía da Felicidade Venturas Pinto Miquidade, Dr. med.
Dr. Miquidade, became an IASP member because she is president of the Mozambican Association for the Study of Pain and responsible for the largest Pain Unit in her country. Dr. Miquidade said, The only way we have to learn is to be connected with the experts in the field, to see how they do it, to ask for opinion, and to try to adapt it to our reality. And I am an IASP member because I will only grow in this area if I stay connected with experts from IASP.” Read her full interview on the IASP website.


September 2021 Issue of PAIN Available
Check out the September 2021 issue of PAIN. This issue contains six Editor’s Choice articles, including the results of the IASP CRPS SIG meeting in Valencia in 2019 to review complex regional pain syndrome diagnostic criteria (plus an associated commentary).
IASP Presidential Task Force on Cannabis and Cannabinoid Analgesia
Don’t miss the recently published IASP Presidential Task Force on Cannabis and Cannabinoid Analgesia supplement.


Register for the IASP PRF-NeuPSIG Data Blitz Series
PRF is collaborating with the IASP Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group on a series of Data Blitzesfocusing on various neuropathic pain topics, to be presented as PRF virtual seminars. The first Data Blitz takes place Tuesday 14 September.
IASP PRF Virtual Seminar on Resilience and Pain
Sign-up for PRF’s 20 September virtual seminar on resilience factors and pain, including a discussion of resilience-based interventions for pain treatment. Presented by the University of Florida’s Emily Bartley, PhD, this seminar promises to be a fantastic event.


Data Visualizations on RELIEF
RELIEF’s latest data visualization takes on the topic of migraine triggers in women vs. men. Take a look, and be sure to view our previous visualizations on high-impact chronic pain and the global burden of musculoskeletal disorders.
Covering The Latest Pain Research News on RELIEF
RELIEF continues its coverage of some of the hottest topics in pain research. Recent news stories include coverage of diabetic neuropathy, chronic pain in the context of an opioid use disorder, osteoarthritis knee pain, and more. View the RELIEF news archive.